If you’ve been here a while, you’ll see that I love a muffin, my kids love a muffin, and we really just can’t get enough of them. These cherry blender muffins are a new favorite around here. The natural color is just crazy enough for kids to think it’s fun and the hidden cherry provides a great little surprise in the middle.
Blender muffins have saved me on more than one occasion. They are so easy to make, good for your body, and enjoyed by everyone! Which means when I need a quick snack or to restock my freezer with simple breakfasts, these are the muffin recipes I turn to. I use this base recipe and can make endless flavor combinations to keep things interesting as well.
These cherry muffins came about because my kids LOVE cherries...they love them fresh, they love them frozen, they love cherry jam, and cherries in smoothies. So I decided it was time to make them a cherry muffin...and they love them!
Before we get to far into the cherry blender muffins, let me first explain a bit about blender muffins...
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What is a blender muffin?
Blender muffins are muffins whose batter comes together in about 4 minutes in a blender. Toss all of the ingredients into the container and then blend it up until you have a thin-ish batter. Then, simply pour from the blender into muffin tins and bake. Not much to clean up and done super fast!
I use the same base recipe for almost all of my blender muffin recipes, because it’s just so simple. Today’s twist is the addition of frozen cherries.
You could definitely use fresh, but the cost and time invested in pitting them isn’t really worth it for me. The frozen cherries from Trader Joe’s are a freezer staple in our house and make life so much easier.
What makes these muffins so good for you?
First and foremost, they are a great source of fiber and protein. The oats and greek yogurt come together and create a power combination of nutrients, The fiber in the oats and the protein in the yogurt help you stay full longer and make these muffins a super satisfying and healthy treat!
Additionally, you can easily hide fruits and veggies in these muffins if you are looking for a way to sneak more of the good stuff into your or your kids diet. I’m adding both pureed cherries and a whole cherry in these cherry blender muffins.
Cherries provide a great source of Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants (want to know more about antioxidants? Check out my post about blueberries for more info here). And cherries are sweet, stain your fingers and so pretty which makes kids happy!
How do you make a cherry blender muffin?
You literally just put everything into the blender (I use my Vitamix) and then a few minutes later, pour the batter into prepared muffin tins.
Okay, here’s the step by step, but it really is that simple.
First preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a muffin tin by coating well with baking spray. I do not suggest using muffin liners for this recipe.
Then gather your ingredients. This is a great tip for anytime you are cooking or baking. Gather your ingredients first so you are sure you have everything you need. It also makes the whole process easier when you don’t have to stop and search for the baking powder mid-recipe.
Once you have everything prepared, add your ingredients to the blender, save 12 cherries to the side. Put the top on blender and blend until everything is well combined, about 1 minutes.
Then pour into prepared muffin tins and plop one cherry in the middle of each muffin cup, pushing down just a bit.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. When done, they will be domed on top and golden brown. Take out of the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes (the dome will likely collapse at this point, that’s completely normal) and then remove from pan and let cool completely on cooling rack before storing.
Tips and Tricks:
- The texture of this muffin is not light and fluffy like my chai spice oatmeal muffins or carrot-zucchini muffins. These are denser. They will also have a slight dome when they come out of the oven, but will likely fall flat as they cool. This is normal.
- The color of these muffins is a little crazy...that’s ok. I wanted to make them red for valentines day and while the batter is red/pink-ish from the cherries, once baked, they are more a purple color. The outside however, will brown like a typical baked good.
- Want to make these extra special? Add in some dark chocolate chips for a really great treat.
Looking for other simple muffin recipes that use the vitamix? Check these out!
cherry blender muffins
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 eggs
- 2 ripe bananas
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup cherries fresh or frozen + 12 more cherries to pop into the middle of each muffin
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin tin with baking spray
- put all the ingredients except for 12 cherries into the blender
- blend together until all ingredients are well incorporated and the oats are broken down a bit (1-2 minutes) - the batter will be on the thin side
- pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin
- plop a cherry into the middle of each muffin and push down just a bit
- bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes
- once done, let cool about 5 minutes in the pan, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely
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