Vegan Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

Everyone (at least everyone who’s seen a tub of Quaker Oats) knows oatmeal is good for your heart. Now, if only everyone understood the most effective way to reduce cholesterol and dramatically improve your health is–plain and simple–by eliminating animal products from your diet.

In Honolulu airport recently, I glimpsed a large sign outside Starbucks with a photo of a bowl of oatmeal. Later, an article in January’s Entrepreneur Magazine confirmed the trend: While Starbucks in U.S. has offered oatmeal since 2008, more quick-serve restaurants–including, of all places, McDonalds–plan to offer healthier options, such as fiber rich and whole-grain oatmeal, to meet calorie and labeling requirements of federal healthcare reform.

Although eating oatmeal for breakfast is a far cry from everyone adopting a vegan diet, influential restaurant chains offering oatmeal (hopefully not laden with dairy products, sugar or chemical preservatives) can only help to make people more aware of health benefits of plant-based foods.

As a student, I ate instant Quaker maple and brown sugar oatmeal because it was fast and convenient. It took me several years to discover there was no need for brown sugar or maple flavor. Nowadays, I eat my favorite hot cereal, Bob’s 5-Grain (whole wheat, rye, oats, flaxseed, barley, and triticale), with just cinnamon, raisins and fruit (either apples or bananas) every other day.

When I began working full-time, I would bake oatmeal muffins every weekend to have for breakfast each weekday. I wish I knew then that my heart would have been much better off without eggs and milk in my oatmeal muffin recipe! It was only recently that I veganized them, and they still make a great tasting and satisfying breakfast, especially with a soy latte.

Makes 12 regular muffins or 6 jumbo muffins


1 1/3 C flour (preferably whole-wheat)

1 C oats (quick or old fashioned)

1/4 C  sugar (I use brown)

1 T baking powder

1/2 t cinnamon

1 C soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)

1 overripe banana, mashed

2 T canola or olive oil

1 C blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 C walnuts or pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Spray 12 medium muffin cups or 6 Texas sized muffin cups with cooking spray

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add soy milk, banana, and oil, and mix until dry ingredients are just moistened.

Fold in blueberries, and fill prepared muffin cups evenly.

Bake 20-25 minutes (12 muffins) or 30-35 minutes (6 muffins) until brown.

rolled whole wheat, rye, oats, flaxseed, barley, and triticale

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7 thoughts on “Vegan Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

  1. Lex

    Yum, this is the perfect quick breakfast! I’ve started to make these regularly, substituting different fruits, nuts and applesauce flavors (instead of the banana). Thanks for the recipe, keep the breakfast foods comin’ 🙂

  2. Genny

    ….made these today, even though I was out of soy milk, and brown sugar and bananas;) I just used white sugar, water and applesauce. …Added apple slices to the mix too :)….Turned out a little more moist on the inside and flatter than they would have with the other ingredients…but so yummy….topped with strawberry spread …Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  3. william Post author

    Appreciate your comments, and so glad you enjoyed them. Experimenting with vegan recipes and veganizing your favorite recipes is a great learning experience, and puts us in control of what we’re eating!

  4. william Post author

    Hi, Karen. Although one of my favorites, this recipe predates my giving up oil, and I would love to update it with a fat-free version, replacing oil with applesauce, fruit puree, flaxseed eggs, etc. I have never made something with good ingredients I couldn’t eat. If you try, could you please post back here with your results and photos, too?

  5. Jessica

    Just put these in the oven, wanted to make something before we lose power for the hurricane! Excited about them, thanks for the recipe!

  6. william Post author

    Sounds like a great plan! Hope they last you that long:), and that the power outage doesn’t happen, too.

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