Oatmeal is the perfect comfort food. And, this is a great recipe to start your day. The raisins for sweetness with walnuts and pumpkin seeds for the crunch and the addition of an apple and peanut butter make this a perfect morning meal loaded with nutritious vitamins and minerals.



1 C. steel-cut oats

1 ½ C. raisins, chopped

1C. walnut pieces

1C. pumpkin seeds

1C. ground flax seed

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

2 large eggs

1 ½  C. low-fat milk

1/4 C. natural peanut butter

1 small sweet (Fuji or Gala) apple, chopped to almost chunky apple sauce consistency

1C. pure maple syrup



In a bowl, cover oats with water and soak overnight in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small bowl, toss together the chunky apple and remaining cinnamon

Drain oats and add to a large bowl along with raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs and mix with milk and peanut butter. Fold in the chunky apple/cinnamon mixture.

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir to combine.

Divide oat mixture among 12 medium-sized muffin cups. Cook for 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Serve with a generous drizzle of maple syrup.

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