Blueberry Pumpkin Muffins

These egg-free muffins are packed with nutrition and delicious to the taste. It can’t get much better than this!–Mellyn :)

Yield: 3 dozen muffins

  • 2 cups oatmeal, ground into flour
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
  •  2 cups blueberries (fresh, frozen, re-hydrated or 2 15-ounce cans that have been drained)
  1. Blend oatmeal.
  2. Combine milk, sugar, brown sugar, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon.
  3. Add oil, water and pumpkin. Mix until well combined
  4. Stir in blueberries gently.
  5. Spoon into muffin cups.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

 

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