Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins

I love trail mix. I love it so much that it’s not something I should buy or make.

But making muffins that are trail-mix inspired is totally fine.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins - Fast, easy, healthy & made with your favorite trail mix ingredients!

They’re some of easiest and least fussy muffins to make. No mixer, one bowl, and literally a two minute batter.

The batch makes 9 modest-sized muffins, perfect for your cravings, but you’re not swimming in muffins for days.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins - Fast, easy, healthy & made with your favorite trail mix ingredients!

The muffins happen to be vegan, but they definitely don’t taste like health food. They’re satisfying, filling, and comforting.

Frequently vegan muffin and quickbread recipes get around the egg issue by either using nut butter or bananas. I’ve also snuck in pumpkin and avocado. Anything dense, fatty, or creamy generally works to bind batter and mimic eggs.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins - Fast, easy, healthy & made with your favorite trail mix ingredients!

However, in this recipe, I relied solely on the thickening power of oats to bind the batter. It worked like a charm and the resulting muffins have tons of texture and lots of chewiness from the oats.

You must use old-fashioned whole-rolled oats, not quick cook or instant. That latter is finer and behaves more like flour, which would render the muffins way too dry and dense.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins - Fast, easy, healthy & made with your favorite trail mix ingredients!

The recipe is very adaptable based on what you like in your trail mix or have in your pantry. As written, the recipe is vegan, nut-free (no peanut butter), soy-free, and banana-free. I never knew how many people disliked bananas (and raisins) until I started blogging.

I used my favorite raisin medley blend from Trader Joe’s. If you prefer other dried fruit like craisins, dried cherries, dried mango, or apricots, use 1/3 cup of whatever you like.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins - Fast, easy, healthy & made with your favorite trail mix ingredients!

Don’t like dried fruit and prefer nuts? Add 1/3 cup of your favorite chopped or sliced nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts.

I used mini chocolate chips because their small size helps them stay suspended in the batter and not sink to the bottom. I’m sure regular-sized baking chips will work. Use any chips you enjoy from butterscotch to white chocolate or peanut butter chips, noting that not all chips are vegan if that’s a consideration.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins - Fast, easy, healthy & made with your favorite trail mix ingredients!

I used coconut oil and love baking with it for muffinscakesbreadcookies and more. I used Nutiva Coconut Oil from iHerb.com. Code AVE630 at checkout saves you $10 off your order. I love iHerb for everything like probioticsbulk cinnamonpumpkin pie spiceliquid vanilla stevia dropsbulk white stevia powdermedicinal fancy-grade honeychia seedsface cleansernutritional yeast, and mini chocolate chips.

I cannot taste the coconut oil, but if you’re concerned, sub with vegetable or canola oil.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins - Fast, easy, healthy & made with your favorite trail mix ingredients!

The muffins are hearty, sweet enough without being too sweet, and have ample texture from the raisins and oats. They’re chewy and not overly dense, a nice surprise given there’s no eggs.

If you happen to run out of eggs and butter, and have a muffin or trail mix craving, enjoy.

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins - Fast, easy, healthy & made with your favorite trail mix ingredients!

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Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins

They're some of easiest and least fussy muffins to make. No mixer, one bowl, and so fast. They're hearty, sweet enough without being too sweet, and full of tons of chewy texture in every bite from the raisins and oats. The muffins happen to be vegan, but they definitely don't taste like health food. If you happen to run out of eggs and butter, and have a muffin or trail mix craving, enjoy. Substitute 1/3 cup of your favorite dried fruit instead of raisins, or use 1/3 cup chopped nuts. I used mini chocolate chips because they stay suspended in batter better, but regular chips will likely be fine. I used coconut oil and you can't taste it, but sub with another oil if preferred. Not all ingredients are vegan so read labels and make appropriate choices for your needs.

Yield: 9 medium muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 to 24 minutes

Total Time: about 40 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (do not use quick-cook or instant)
1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1/3 cup raisins (I used a raisin medley; substitute with your favorite dried fruit OR with 1/3 cup of chopped nuts)
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips plus more for sprinkling tops (substitute with regular-sized chocolate chips or white chocolate, peanut butter chips, etc.)
1/2 cup milk (rice, soy, almond, cashew, cow, etc.)
1/3 cup liquid-state coconut oil (substitute with canola or vegetable oil)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a Non-Stick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan in 9 of the cavities (I don't prefer the cosmetic look of paper liners); set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the first 6 ingredients (through optional salt), and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the raisins, 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and with a rubber spatula, fold until just combined; don't overmix.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop or 1/4-cup measure, evenly distribute the batter into 9 of the cavities of the pan (don't use all 12, muffins will be too skimpy).
  6. Top each muffin top with a generous pinch of chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for about 20 to 24 minutes, or until muffins are set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling, but no batter. Don't overbake because muffins will be prone to drying out.  Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 to 15 minutes before removing and placing on a rack to cool completely. Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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48 Responses to “Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Vegan Muffins”

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    Annie @Maebells — April 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    These look great, I think I am going to try a gluten free version this weekend. I love all the goodies you put inside, I love muffins that have a litte “oomph” to them!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Lmk how it goes if you try a GF version!

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    Belinda@themooblushbaker — April 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Yummo! i am big fan of trail mixers but rarely use them in baking. I think you convinced me to give them a shot in baked goods. We all can use a muffin in the morning; especially if they are accidentally vegan. I just did a vegan yellow cupcake for the blog; so ready to try another vegan wonder.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Vegan yellow cupcakes could be super tricky & yours turned out beautifully! And accidentally vegan is always nice, agreed :)

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I love trial mix! These muffins look fantastic! Pinned!

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    Chloe — April 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

    These look great!

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    Katrina @ WVS — April 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I love trail mix too! And these muffins would be so freaking perfect on a hike. I love them!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 at 11:02 am

      They are MADE for hiking, and well, trails :) They’re more hearty too and won’t squish too much in a backpack compared to a delicate blueberry muffin or something like that!

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    The Macadame — April 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    These look great – I love finding great vegan recipes – my brother is vegan and I love surprising him with treats!
    The Macadame. xx
    http://www.creamstop.com

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — April 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Seriously gorgeous muffins Averie! And just packed full of flavor – yum! Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I’d gladly trade you these for your drinks :)

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    Jaclyn — April 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

    These muffins are beautiful and I’m sure they taste just as good as they look!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 at 11:01 am

      With all your GF stuff and your last GF muffins, and these are vegan, we could open a healthy muffin bakery to offset all the other non-healthy stuff we make :)

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — April 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

    These are clearly your most genius muffin creation yet. I love the idea of trail mix in a muffin (and of course the choc chips are a perfect touch) Absolutely gorgeous, Averie—they look so soft and moist inside! pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Thank you for all the lovely compliments, Sarah, and for pinning!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — April 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Wow, wow, wow! These look INCREDIBLE, Averie! Pinned :)

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    Kris — April 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

    We never have the problem of muffins sitting around too long. I would probably double this batch. I love muffins because they fit so many categories–breakfast, snack, dessert–and I love that these have so many healthy ingredients but still look like a treat, not health food.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Funny the lady right after you said 12 is too many and for you, you’re already going to double the batch. Everyone is so different! A treat, but not health food, and fall into so many categories – yes!

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — April 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I love that you are addicted to trail mix, lol. These look so good! Love the smaller batch. Sometimes 12 muffins is just too much.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 am

      It can be, I know. Unless you freeze them, but sometimes you just don’t even want to bother :)

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen — April 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Yay!! A vegan trail mix muffin with chocolate chips?! Amazing Averie! These look fantastiicccc! So pinned :) And I hear you about keeping trail mix in the house – it can be very dangerous!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I love trail mix, these look like the best muffins – perfect for breakfast or an on-the-go snack!

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    Kate @Almond Butter Binge — April 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I love that these are vegan! Makes it so much easier to feed them to everyone I know :D Thanks for sharing!

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    Beeta — April 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    yummy!! These look so good, and I love that they can be consumed as a substantial breakfast item! Thanks, Averie!

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    zerrin — April 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Never had muffins with oatmeal before. These look amazing! Would love to have some for breakfast! Pinned!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I am super in love with this recipe!

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — April 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Living alone, I need a recipe that only makes nine muffins! Love the raisins, chocolate chips, and oats, pinned!

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Oh gosh, girl! I loooooove these muffins! Definitely getting baked in our house asap!!!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — April 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Wait… People hate bananas & raisins?? That’s preposterous!! I eat a banana every day (perfect post-run or workout snack!), and oatmeal raisin cookies (with lots of extra cinnamon) are one of the best desserts known to mankind. As well as extra fudgy brownies. And anything with chocolate or peanut butter. But I digress… Trail mix muffins (especially the GORP-kind) are so creative and absolutely amazing. My dad would definitely love these for his long backpacking trips!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 4th, 2014 at 9:25 am

      They’d be perfect for long backpacking trips!

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    Paula — April 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I love old fashioned oats baked into muffins–I really like the texture they give. These would be great for breakfast on the run or a snack any time! I may be driving through Indianapolis in a couple of weeks and I am already thinking about a stop at Trader Joe’s (and maybe Penzey’s). I think I’ll put their raisin medley on my list–I remember seeing it in some of your other recipes too.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 4th, 2014 at 9:22 am

      TJs and Penzeys sound like great pit stops :)

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    Christy@SweetandSavoring — April 4, 2014 at 4:19 am

    I’m so excited about these muffins! I’ve never made/eaten muffins with oats before, and they’ve got the awesome secret ingredient of coconut oil, which I adore. Pinned! :)

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    ~JOANNE — April 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Just a “heads up”…in the recipe, the baking soda & salt are listed on the same line as the cinnamon…maybe it’s understandable to most?

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    Lisa — April 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

    These look lovely.
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — April 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I feel bad for people who don’t like bananas and raisins. I need to make this because the last time I made a healthy oat muffin, they tasted like deprevation. These like moist and hearty! Yum!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 4th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      And I promise these don’t taste like deprivation at all :)

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    marcie — April 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    These look great, Averie, and I might just make them right now!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 4, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Oooh I love trail mix too, and putting it in muffins is genius!!! Such a perfect snack and even better that it’s vegan!

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    Laura Dembowski — April 5, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Oatmeal does some really neat things in baked goods. I absolutely love that raisin blend! My fave!

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    Mary Frances — April 5, 2014 at 6:51 am

    You go girl! Trail mix in a muffin, now there is something I’ll go hiking for! They look chock full of stick with ya ingredients. Love the oats and those little MnMs!

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    Shannon — April 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Seriously Averie! Outdone yourself with this little healthy treat. I made them with TJ dried cherries and chocolate chips, halved the brown sugar, and half King Arthur (always) All Purpose and Whole Wheat. These are the bomb! Great afternoon snack.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 15th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      So glad they worked like a charm for you, even with half the sugar and using wheat flour – wonderful!

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