November 15, 2011

Whole Wheat Cranberry Spice Oat Muffins & Martha Stewart Casserole Dish Giveaway {Powernap}

Cranberry Muffins

This is the latest installment of my Powernap column. The series where I share quick, easy food that can be made for all kinds of situations. Powernaps are short and sweet, and so are these recipes. These are the things I make in a jiffy when I need a quick snack, am in the mood for a recipe experiment, or simply need to clean out the pantry.

Last week I bought my first fresh cranberries of the season. They were floating loose in a container of water at the grocery store and I quickly scooped up a a few cupfuls to bring home. Though I often make cranberry sauce and cranberry cakes this time of year, this time I wanted to make something sweet that my daughter would love, but with a healthier slant, so I turned to these muffins. Today I am excited to be sharing the recipe with the Macy’s mBlog and they have generously donated a gorgeous Red Martha’s Stewart Ceramic Covered Casserole Dish for me to giveaway to one lucky person!

To give the muffins a nutty taste with an element of health I used half white and half whole wheat flour. Then I used a touch of maple syrup to give them a natural sweetness. I stirred in the cranberries and topped the muffins with a tasty, not-too-sweet oatmeal streusel before popping them in the oven. The muffins were out of the oven and cooled before my daughter was home from cool so she could enjoy them as a snack. They were perfectly sweet and full of ripe red berries, the ideal healthier fall muffin for us all to enjoy.

Casserole Dish

I’ve shared mine, now you share yours! To round their recipe showcase this month Macy’s also inviting friends and fans to submit their favorite recipes on their Facebook fanpage for a chance to win a dinner with a renowned Macy’s Culinary Council chef, including Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Cat Cora or Todd English!

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Whole Wheat Cranberry Spice Oat Muffins


½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup cranberries


¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
¼ cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon whole milk


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, syrup and milk in a large bowl. Then sift in the dry ingredients and fold the batter together. Stir in the cranberries and fill each muffin tin about ¾ full.

3. For the topping, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then add the vegetable oil and milk and pinch everything together with your fingers until pebbles form. Drop the topping evenly on the muffins.

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.


Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

We started off eating these muffins for a snack, but they were terrific the next morning for breakfast.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes prep time, 30 minutes bake time

Naptime Reviews

These were a huge hit, we even took some to friends!

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  • Sarah H.P.

    I love healthy treats that still taste like a dessert… these muffins look wonderful! My favourite fall breakfast treat has to be pancakes! We don’t make them very often, but it’s a wonderful way to start any weekend morning!

  • Mellyb10

    I love pumpkin muffins that I make with spiced apple cider as the liquid.

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  • Tjmc05

    Sounds delicious. Looks like a lot of ingredients for it to be a quick recipe. Can just smell these!!

  • My favorite is French Toast.  I know it’s good any time of the year, but in the fall when it’s starting to get chilli it is so nice to cozy up to a yummy plate of cinnamony french toast.

  • Anonymous

    I love my mom’s sausage casserole.

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  • Erin Cochrane

    pumpkin bagels!

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  • Erin Cochrane

    I am a facebook fan!

  • There’s a local cafe that has the most incredible breakfasts, and one of my favorite seasonal menu items is the gingerbread pancakes. It’s absolute heaven and such a treat! (The pumpkin pancakes aren’t too far behind, either.)

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  • Lauren

    Pumpkin scones

  • Kathy Thweatt

    I love hot oatmeal with cinammon toast!  I’m on Facebook and email.

  • Karen

    Pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips.

  • April V

    My favorite is a big bowl of oatmeal with extra butter and sugar!!

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    Im a FB fan!!

  • p.water9

    Pumpkin scones with a maple glaze – flaky and spicy sweet!

  • p.water9

    Pumpkin scones with a maple syrup glaze – flaky, sweet and spicy.

  • p.water9

    Pumpkin scones with a maple syrup glaze – flaky, sweet and spicy.

  • Jessy

    My favourite fall breakfast treat are pancakes!

  • Laura M.

    My favorite fall breakfast treat is French toast – with lots of real maple syrup!!

  • I’d say pumpkin oatmeal is my favorite Fall breakfast – though muffins run a close second!

  • Alex

    Pumpkin bagels from Einstein’s (I’m in college, so few options) are pretty good in the fall!

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  • The Novice Housewife

    Fav Fall breakfast- pancakes with butter and maple syrup!

  • Geschwho007

    Favorite Fall Breakfast treat – Definitely warm muffins with a smear of butter

  • Love pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a maple glaze

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  • Eyreka

    Leftover Pumpkin Pie for breakfast

  • My favorite Fall breakfast treat would have to be anything with spices… I love making scones and I just made a perfectly fall spiced one with sour cherries that was to-die-for! 😉

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  • Tjmc05

    I love french toast, with vanilla, cinnamon, and a dash of sugar/sugar sub; bread soaked in egg  that has a little water to lighten them. Delicious. Sprinkle  a touch of apple pie or pumpkin pie spices on top. Delicious. Love reading your posts; keep them coming.

  • Miranda

    FB fan.

  • Miranda

    I loved baked oatmeal in the Fall.

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  • Julienne

    Favorite Fall breakfast treat are sticky buns! Yum!

  • I love seasonal pancakes, like pumpkin or apple.  Yeasted breads and treats are also welcome!  Lovely casserole 🙂

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  • Rebecca

    My favorite breakfast treat would have to be Banana Bread French Toast!! 

  • Amanda J.

    My favorite fall breakfast treat is toast or an English muffin with apple butter!

  • Amanda

    I like the Naptime fanpage! (Amanda Jasinski)

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  • Lisa Evanoff

    My favorite fall breakfast, is eggs baked in corned beef hash…comfort food! (Lisa Evanoff)

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  • Maureen

    The favorite fall breakfast treat is pumpkin pancakes or waffles.

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    I receive your newsletter via email.

  • Stelabel9

    Cranberry orange muffins with brown sugar streusel. Love them!

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  • Ejohnson1999

    I enjoy reading you newsletters. Thank you!

  • Ejohnson1999

    My favorite breafast treat is crapes with whip cream and fruit! Love love Love !!! 🙂

  • Judy

    I always enjoy “Egg in a Basket”; add a slice of bacon and this is a satisfying breakfast.

  • Blueflamingstockings

    I am not really a fan of pumpkin but I do enjoy pumpkin oatmeal with apples and cranberries. I am sure enjoying these recipes on here. 

  • Carmen

    I’ve gotten to really enjoy oatmeal in the morning – especially if it contains cinnamon, dried blueberries, and maybe some toasted almond slivers.

  • susitravl

    Oatmeal with cranberries –  yummy

  • susitravl

    Oatmeal with cranberries –  yummy

  • Tekc96

    oatmeal with blueberries.  Yummm

  • Tekc96

    oatmeal with blueberries.  Yummm

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  • Neverseenblue

    These muffins look awesome, but before I give them a shot I just want to make sure I’m not missing something – do they really come together without any eggs?

    • Anonymous

      Hi! Yes, they do! No eggs necessary. Best, Kelsey