Whole grains, cranberries and almonds jack up the nutrient power in these muffins compared to common, cake-like ones.

Makes 12 servings
Cooking time: N/A


  • Canola cooking spray
  • 1 cup (250 mL) white whole-wheat flour
  • ⅔ cup (150 mL) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) ground flaxseed
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp (4 mL) baking soda
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) sliced almonds
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) canola oil
  • 1 jar (4 oz./114 mL) pear purée baby food
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Lightly spray 12-cup, non-stick muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  3. In small bowl, combine almonds, ¼ cup (60 mL) oats and ¼ cup (60 mL) cranberries and set aside. Stir remaining oats and cranberries into flour mixture until well blended.
  4. In medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, canola oil, pear purée, egg and almond extract. Stir yogurt mixture into flour mixture until just blended. Do not overmix.
  5. Spoon equal amounts of batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly with reserved almond mixture. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan; serve warm or let cool to room temperature.


Serving size
1 muffin per serving

Recipe courtesy of canolainfo.org, featured in the Canadian Diabetes Association’s 2016 Healthy Living Calendar. To download the latest recipes, visit http://www.diabetes.ca/calendar.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving
Calories 240
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Carbohydrates 34 g
Fibre 3 g
Protein 6 g
Sodium 115 mg
Almonds contain more calcium, fibre and vitamin E than any other nut. Most nuts are rich in protein and packed with heart-healthy nutrients, too. They can help improve cholesterol levels and A1C in people with diabetes. Eat them in moderation though, as they’re high in fat and calories. – Kitty Yung, registered dietitian, Vancouver, B.C.

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