Healthy Pink Berry Cherry Almond Oatmeal Cookie/Muffin Tops
After finishing the last of those Blue Blueberry Oatmeal Cookie/Pancake/Muffin Tops, I was dying to bake them again, and soon. Even though they didn’t turn out like cookies like I had hoped, I found myself craving that chewy, muffin-y texture the following days. Jenny D commented on the post saying she made the muffin tops using cherry jam instead of blueberry, and after reading that I knew I had to give that flavor a try.
And they were absolutely delicious! Thanks Jenny I kept the basic recipe the same but swapped a few ingredients. Instead of blueberry fruit spread I used cherry fruit spread, and since I love cherry and almond together I added a little almond extract. I omitted the stevia because I was pretty sure they would be sweet enough on their own, however, they were just mildly sweet… similar to a slice of bread with some jam spread on it. If you want sweet muffin tops add 1/4 teaspoon of stevia extract.
I also replaced the oil with raw almond butter, since doing so creates a complete protein (a protein that contains all the essential amino acids for muscle growth and maintenance within the body) from the combination of almonds + oats. Since these muffin tops are a complete protein, they are the perfect snack for vegans, those allergic to soy, and those who don’t consume animal products.
As you can see in the recipe below, I used both cherry and blackberry fruit spread. I wanted to use only cherry but ran out at the 171g mark, so I used blackberry spread for the rest. If you use all cherry fruit spread, expect brighter reddish-pink muffin tops, and if you use all blackberry, expect a dark purple color similar to the Blueberry version. No matter what color though, these will be both beautiful and delicious!
Surprisingly, these muffin tops were unbelievably filling… probably due to the healthy fats, high fiber and protein content and lack of added sugar. These are the perfect treats to enjoy with some coffee for breakfast. One or two of these and you’ll be good to go!