Heather’s Sweet Cherry Berry Oat Muffins

It’s so much fun when you get to meet your on line friends in person. I have “known” Heather from The Butterfly Raw Food Weight Loss Facebook and  Her The Butterfly Effect Plant Based Weight Loss You Tube for about 3 years. We got to meet last year in Vegas at a conference for the first time. She has released over 300 pounds of unwanted weight! She’s amazing and so inpirational. Then this past weekend she came with Chef AJ and they stayed with Tom and I for the weekend. We had so much fun. First on Saturday night we had a huge potluck with about 30 whole food plant based people. Some we already had met and others we were meeting for the first time in person. It’s so refreshing to be around like minded friends and feel totally accepted. Plus you can eat everything at our potlucks because everyone eats the same way!

Sunday morning Heather wanted to cook something with me. She saw that we had a ton of leftover Hanaha Yams to use up so she suggested we make her Sweet Cherry Berry Oat Muffins. I had all the ingredients on hand and Tom was available to tape us so we made a Facebook Live out of it. Heather and I make a good team in the kitchen and we had a blast making muffins together. These turned out so good – so much flavor and no added sugar – just the fruit. I am sure these would freeze well but honestly we have since eaten them all – didn’t get a chance to freeze any of them. That’s ok because I still have all the ingredients to make these again!

Heather’s Sweet Cherry Berry Oat Muffins
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Heather’s Sweet Cherry Berry Oat Muffins

  • 1 cup frozen organic cherries – tahwed
  • 2 very ripe bananas – peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted Hanaha Yams or other sweet potato – roasted and peeled
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds – I like golden flax for it’s mild flavor
  • 1 Tablespoon or more Pumpkin Pie Spice – we used 1 1/2 Tablespoons
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen organic wild blueberries – keep these frozen

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a silicone muffin pan or parchment liners in a regular muffin pan.

Process the cherries in a food processor until smooth, add the peeled bananas and process until smooth and creamy,add the sweet potatoes and process until smooth, add the ground flax seeds and process until well incorporated.  Scrape the mixture into a bowl, add the oats starting with 3 cups and mix it well. If too wet then add the additional cup of oats.

It will be thick, add the pumpkin Pie Spice, stir well to incorporate, stir in the frozen blueberries.

Divide batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups. They will not rise so they are going to come out of the oven in the same shape they go into the oven so be sure and give them a nice rounded muffin top.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until they are firm to the touch.

Recipe from Heather Goodwin The Butterfly Effect Plant Based Weight Loss You Tube Channel.

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A Little Nutmeg Nugget: When I started this blog in January of 2010 I followed what I understood to be a healthy version of the standard American diet, ironically also known as the “SAD” diet. As interest in my own health and how it was affected by the food I ate evolved, I transitioned to a whole food plant based diet also known as “WFPB” diet. I have wrestled with the fact that this blog still contains all those posts and recipes from the SAD way of eating I have left behind. I no longer advocate for anyone to eat that way. At this time I am leaving those recipes and posts here. It is a record of my journey and how I came to follow a WFPB way of eating. It is my hope that those who still come here for those old recipes will be curious about what I am doing now. Perhaps they will dip their toes across the line as I did and try some plant based recipes and learn more about the health benefits.

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  1. Roxanne says:

    Hello! I don’t have access to Hannah yams. The only types of sweet potatoes I have access to in my local grocery stores are the orange fleshed sweet potatoes. Can they be used in this recipe instead of the Hannah yams or do you recommend a different substitute like maybe a Yukon Gold potato? Or do you know where I cam buy Hannah yams online?

    1. Tami says:

      Roxanne I think they will work – they might be more moist so you might have to bake them longer but it should be fine!

  2. Paul says:

    How many muffins does the recipe make?

    1. Tami says:

      It makes 12.

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