Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Muffins

What’s the phrase?

You can take the girl out of the chocolate but you can’t take the chocolate out of the girl?

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No, that’s not it…

You can take the sugar out of the kitchen but you can’t take the kitchen out of the sugar?

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Nope, that’s not right either… Sigh.

Well, regardless, I haven’t been baking with sugar or chocolate or any of my typical, go-to ingredients lately but that hasn’t kept me away from the kitchen! I’ve still been busy creating recipes with my all-time favorite ingredient, peanut butter. The only difference is that these new recipes are on the healthier side. (Shocking, I know!)

The recipes are still delicious and rich and full of peanut butter but they have all been “added sugar” and butter free. Arman, I think you may need to find a new association for me ;)

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Today’s treat combines some of my favorite ingredients into a perfectly sweetened breakfast muffin. Or, if you happen to enjoy it for dessert, a perfectly sweetened cupcake ;) And cupcakes are always amazing if you ask me!

Oatmeal, peanut butter, cinnamon, bananas and raisins combine to form a naturally sweet, moist {cringe} and nutrient dense muffin.

With only five natural ingredients that can easily be substituted (almond butter for peanut butter, cranberries or blueberries for raisins), you have no excuse not to make these!

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Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Muffins

Makes 8 muffins


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place 8 muffin liners in muffin pan. In a large bowl, mash bananas with peanut butter. Stir in cinnamon and oatmeal and then gently mix in raisins. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until tops are slightly browned. Allow to cool for 3 minutes in muffin pan then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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Whether you’re trying to eat healthier, reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, want a better dessert option for your kids or just need a quick breakfast to grab on-the-go, this muffin is your answer!

I must warn you however, even though these muffins are quick and easy to make, they disappear even faster ;) If you have a family that loves breakfast, make a double batch so you can guarantee one for yourself in the morning!

What is your favorite grab ‘n go breakfast for busy mornings? Do you have any healthy treats that you make when you want to eat less sugar?


  1. I think I need to call up the hubs & have him pick up some raisins @ the store on base – I need some of these muffins in my life ASAP. I could always show him the recipe & tell him the only way I’ll be fully recovered from surgery is if he bakes me some.. in a lovey dovey voice of course :)
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  2. You had me at peanut butter….I was scared for a moment that whilst I’d been away something had happened and you and peanut butter had fallen out of love. I was ready to do some serious counselling between you and pb but I’m glad to hear that is not the case and all is still well with Becky and PB ;)
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  3. Yum! These look wonderful! Healthy too? Definitely gonna have to give them a try! They will give me lots of energy to sustain my training intensity….and I need a lot running 70 miles a week! Thanks so much for the recipe…I understand your pain with the sugar/chocolate overdosing!
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  4. These look amazing! And I LOVE the ingredients list. I typically don’t bake with sugar/butter so consider this printed and now I just need my nanners to ripen. Thanks Becky :)
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  5. Baked oatmeal cups! Love it <3 And even more so when I can count all the ingredients on one hand ;) I have to admit, though… you'll probably always be PB&C Becky to me.
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  6. Well since I think I have cooked your dark chocolate dipped quinoa bars to death, maybe it’s time to try another one of your recipes lol this looks like a great way to ween myself the bars
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  7. those look so perfect for the morning and snacks. I like how simple the recipe is, five ingredients I can do.
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  8. No butter, no sugar, no chocolate?!?! WHO ARE YOU? But fo realz these look delicious and I have an excessive number of frozen ripe bananas that need to be used before my parents throw me out/I move out (wahoooooo t-minus 3 weeks!)
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  9. You can take the girl out of the chocolate, but you can’t take the chocolate out of the girl? Sounds dirrrrty ;).

    I never thought I’d see the day where you combined peanut butter with raisins instead of chocolate (GASP!) but these really do look amazing.
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  10. These sound like a piece of cake! Can’t wait to try!!
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  11. These are so right up my alley!

  12. YUM! They look delicious too!
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  13. Seriously? A 5 ingredient muffin?? Whhhhat! Love this to the moon and back. I was trying to find a healthy muffin recipe on Saturday but gave up because I didn’t have the mental capacity to adapt recipes to make them healthier. I’ll be making these tonight!
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  14. Well…I’m in love…with these muffins that is! Simply brilliant! I love the few ingredients and most definitely love that they’re healthy and will be the most perfect grab-and-go breakfast/snack. Pinned! :-)
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  15. These look super yummy – and even better super easy. And I just happen to have all the ingredients in my pantry!
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  16. So eaasy! Love it.
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  17. So I already pinned these. And I think I will be making them for the boyfriend before he leaves :)
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  18. These look amazing!!! I’m always trying to find more grab and go breakfast recipes because I usually just skip breakfast! Gasp!!! I know it’s bad.
    I’m definately trying these!
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  19. These couldn’t be any easier, and they look delicious! I would definitely snack on these, too. My one year old would definitely make these disappear in no time.
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  20. These look so simple and delicious! I think I need to whip up a batch and top them with PB & Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl ;-)
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  21. Super cool that you don’t need eggs, sugar or even a rising agent in these! I love that. I bet they’re super filling, and with the banana just sweet enough! I don’t really have a great grab n go breakfast, maybe only peanut butter and a banana.
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  22. These look delicious! And this just proves what I’ve been saying, which is that I NEED to buy almond butter, even though it’s a million dollars a jar (I’m allergic to pb). Maybe it’s cheaper at TJ’s. I’m going to try that this weekend. Also, I hope you do a big update on Advocare and whether or not you feel like it’s been beneficial. Seems like a huge undertaking, so I’ll be interested to see if you think it’s been worth it!
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    • Target had some pretty affordable AB, Amy! And I did a post on AdvoCare on Saturday about the first phase – I give a lot of details there :) Also, shoot me an email if you have specific questions :)

  23. omg yes I need to try these! your pics make them look delicious…will let you know if mine turn out that good lol
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  24. I made morning glory muffins this weekend to take to my coworkers for breakfast. I have a ton of fresh cranberries left and might have to make a batch of these but sub in the cranberries for the raisins. These sweet yet healthier type muffins are great for breakfast and as grab and go snacks. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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  25. This recipe is awesome because I am avoiding added sugar this month! Holla! My favorite grab and go breakfast is usually oatmeal at Starbucks with dark chocolate mixed in or toast with butter and jam.
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  26. I’m glad that even though you can’t have wine or chocolate, there’s still these muffins (and peanut butter. what would life be if you had to cut chocolate AND peanutbutter?!) — they sound like a great healthy treat!
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  27. These look so yummy… thank you!!! I am definitely going to try these. I love your recipes :)
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  28. Yyup..these are most definitely being made for breakfasts and/or snacks! I LOVE how simple the ingredient list is and that they are vegan. Awesome job with this one, Becky! :)
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  29. These look fantastic! Not to mention super simple. Definitely going to have to try this out!
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  30. I’m with you on the dislike of the word “moist”. Barf.
    I’m DEFINITELY going to give these a try. I don’t typically eat a lot of refined flour anyway (just…..because) so these sound perfect!!
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  31. these look great girl! I just have not been in the baking mood lately, totally weird i know!! But these look so good I want to bake right now!
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  32. If I replace the raisins with chocolate chips and still call it a breakfast food? If the answer is no please dont answer.
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  33. I’ve been waaaay too chocolate-crazy over here. Gotta knock it out, and I think these will help! :) They look yummy!
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  34. Ohhh you had me at 5 ingredients. I am a raisin hater but I bet they’d be good with dried cranberries too! Youll be rockin’ your challenge strong through the 24 days with recipes like this!
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  35. Bahaha! The first saying…really? Am I the only one whose mind is in the gutter? Probably.
    Ahem, I LOVE this recipe. Using peanut butter was a brilliant idea! They look perfectly scrumptious and healthy. Love, love, love.
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  36. That is genius! I can’t believe how simple that is. I want to make those with ALL the nut butters. And maybe some actual nuts thrown in too… you think that would work?
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  37. These look amazing! I love easy and healthy recipes like this. Such a great breakfast!
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  38. That recipe looks great! My go to breakfast is usually oatmeal and peanut butter or fruit smoothies!

  39. Hahaha- Who are you?

    Actually, this is a great recipe- I actually love breakfast muffins with a side of eggs and always omit sugar but rely on bananas, honey etc to sweeten- You bet these will be made once I get a damn kitchen!

    And having made your triple layer diabetes dessert before- This recipe is like a walk in the park ;)
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  40. GET OUT. I’m like devouring my entire kitchen today and I’m so tempted to go make those too.
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  41. Girl, you are on a roll with recipes lately! Everything you post looks tasty!
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  42. Of all the recipes you have listed here on your blog, this is definitely the one that I would make first.

    I love the ingredients you used..I don’t do gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, refined sugar..soooo perfect! :)

    • Well this sounds like the perfect recipe for you then, Maria! I have another great one for you coming up on Wednesday :)

  43. Cracking up at you cringing at “moist” – I’m the same way. Hate that word.

    But these look delicious – I am going to try & make them this weekend. I need a healthy grab-n-go snack.
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    • These would be perfect for you as a busy, on-the-go mama! Just hide them from Dave, Kyle almost ate the entire batch ;)

  44. I’ll take one of these without the raisins and add in some chocolate chips. :) They do look really good! I don’t really go grab and go breakfasts, but if I ever had to it’s a smoothie w/ some oats for fiber, greek yogurt for protein, spinach, and fruits! Yum!
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  45. Lots of recipes to try very, very soon…these all look so great – and easy!
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  46. these look great! I love when such simple ingredients can become something so tasty!
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  47. Silly question I’m sure but how “banana” tasting are these? I hate the taste of bananas but love the concept of these muffins.

  48. Sara voges says:

    Do you use quick cooking oats or old fashion oats??

  49. Tried these this morning-very very good !

  50. Well, you’ve converted a skeptic! I’ve always thought that these type of “ingredient imposter” recipes would taste disgusting and that everyone in the posts had no taste buds, but these were delicious!!!!! I’m finishing up my second advocare 24 day challenge and just needed something to take the edge off the sugar cravings. I probably shouldn’t have eaten 6, but… they were that yummy!
    Glad I read all the other readers comments or I wouldn’t have had the nerve to try these cookies!
    Thank you for a yummy recipe – I’ll be checking out your others!!

  51. Hi! I just tried these and they’re good! I’m going to try adding a little honey to make them sweeter though. I was wondering if you or anyone has nutrition information for these? Thanks!

  52. Hi! These look delicious :) I can’t wait to bake them tomorrow. Quick question: can we freeze them? Defrost them overnight or just pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds?

    • You know what, I’ve never tried that with this recipe! I don’t see why you couldn’t as long as you used a freezer-safe bag. Let me know if you try it!

  53. Sounds great! Any substitution ideas on omitting bananas? I don’t care for the taste of them but love the simplicity of this recipe. Thx!

    • These don’t taste too banana-y so you should be ok! But if you want to sub something, maybe try an egg and 1/2 cup apple sauce. I think that would work!

  54. Where can I find nutrition facts on these? They look amazing!

  55. Hi! I just tried this recipe and they are delicious!!! What is the best way to store the muffins? And, can I freeze them and reheat in microwave? Thanks!

    • I love hearing this! I keep them in a sealed container. I’ve never frozen them but I think that would work just fine :-)


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