very berry oatmeal muffins and valentines day themed giveaway

Very Berry Oatmeal Muffins and Valentine’s Day Themed Giveaway!

Very Berry Oatmeal Muffins on The Tasty Fork

Yay yay yay!! I can’t decide what I’m more excited about — healthy breakfast muffins or my 1st giveaway!? Let’s start with the muffins…

I hope all of the new year’s resolutions you’ve made to eat better are still on your mind… if not, no fear, these muffins are pretty good for you but they don’t taste like light muffins. We’ve all tried a store bought “”light” muffin, right?? I’m sure after your first bite (you might have gagged) and then threw it straight into the trash. This has been my experience… I’ve tried multiple light muffins from the grocery store, all have the same result. I guess I’m easily fooled by cute packaging.

Very Berry Oatmeal Muffins @ The Tasty Fork

My breakfasts lately have been smoothies, so I wanted to switch it up & still keep it healthy. Muffins are the perfect breakfast when you need eat something while running out the door. Adding oatmeal to the muffin batter makes it a bit more dense and provides texture. I love using a mix of berries instead of just the usual blueberry. Since it’s January in Chicago, I used a frozen cherry berry medley from Trader Joe’s. It had cherries, blueberries and blackberries. So good!

The Tasty Fork Very Berry Oatmeal Muffins

If you’re looking for a healthy, good muffin – give them a try!

Very Berry Oatmeal Muffins

  • 1 2/3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2/3 all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 large eggs
  • 16 oz frozen berry medley
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. In a food processor, add oats and pulse until it’s like a cornmeal texture.
  3. Add oats and all dry ingredients (up to salt) into a large bowl. Mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, add buttermilk and the rest of the liquid ingredients (through eggs.) Pour into the dry ingredients. Stir until moist.
  5. Combine berries with 2 tablespoons flour. Add berries and fold into batter. Spoon batter into 24 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from pans immediately; place on a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Inspired by Cooking Light

The Tasty Fork Giveaway Valentines Day C&B

Besides having a love for muffins, I LOVE Crate & Barrel! They always have the cutest stuff. I think I registered for every item in the store when I got married. The C&B catalog arrived the other day and they had adorable Valentine’s Day decor. I promised once I was done with my blog design makeover, I’d celebrate with a giveaway. Today is the day!! Here is what you could win:

* 4 (14 oz) Valentine’s Day Mugs

* 4 Dessert Plates

* Set of Valentine’s Day Dish Towels


a Rafflecopter giveaway

*** The giveaway will run until Sunday (midnight) and is open to those who live in the United States. GOOD LUCK!!!


  1. Luci says:

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to make these and do a post! So happy I found your blog!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

  2. Lisa D. says:

    Those dishes are darling!

    • Lisa D. says:

      I guess I forgot to answer, “What is my favorite thing…”

      Time with my family, just like I treasure every day. Except we usally add heart shaped pizza and heart shaped sugar cookies.

  3. Realia M says:

    i love the chocolates and flowers that come with valentines day

  4. These muffins sound amazing and what a sweet giveaway. I love making up a special treat for the kids that’s not just store bought candy for Valentines.

  5. Lisa says:

    I LOVE Crate & Barrel, and these are so cute!!

  6. Cristina says:

    I love all the Valentine’s Day treats! It’s like chocolate heaven!

  7. Sarah Z says:

    Love the dishes!

  8. Melissa K. says:

    These muffins look delicious. Way healthier than the blueberry muffin I enjoyed this morning :)

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is the atmosphere…everyone seems so in love and happy!

  9. These muffins look incredible! You seriously make the BEST food! My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is having a date with my husband!

  10. Yashica says:

    what I love most about Vday is just being with the one you love

  11. sarah z says:

    My favorite thing is making a cute valentine for my nephew, as he always makes the cutest ones thanks to his crafty mom!

  12. Nicole KOVAC says:

    Looks and sounds so yummy!

  13. My favorite part is planning a special dinner at home for my husband!

  14. These are so pretty! I don’t even like berries but I love the pink, purple & blue =)

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is getting a heart shaped pizza with my mom. It’s a ~15 year tradition.

  15. kelsey says:

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is having a husband who spoils me rotten! And indulging in a decadent dessert – in the name of love, of course.

  16. I like the suspense of coming home from work to see what’s in store for the evening!

  17. What a fun giveaway, Meg!

    My favorite part of Valentine’s Day (and really any special occasion) is the card I get from my husband :)

  18. jackeline says:

    An excuse to eat chocolate!

  19. Heidi says:

    Your muffins look awesome. My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day has got to be the chocolate!!!

  20. heather says:

    i like it because its fun and happy

  21. Laura Branning says:

    I may have to make these muffins..Oatmeal is supposed to be good for lactation. haha. ;)

  22. Making dinner and watching a movie. We keep it low key, and that’s perfect for us!

  23. Katie Contests says:

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is the post-holiday chocolate sales!

  24. LOVE the blog redesign! And these muffins look delicious! I’m really trying to eat better so these will be perfect. Pining for later!

  25. Gretta says:

    I love Valentines Day another day to tell someone you love them

  26. Looks really great! I love a good muffin! Thanks for linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  27. My favorite thing is celebrating with my husband!

  28. What a yummy recipe and a super cute giveaway! My favorite part of Valentine’s Day is making sweet little surprises for my kids and husband throughout the day!

  29. My favorite thing besides all the pink is doing valentines with my kids.

  30. Sarah Ann says:

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s is the tradition with my boyfriend where we drink an assortment of chocolate craft beer!

  31. holly says:

    What a great giveaway! Such cute stuff. I love valentines day trying to figure out how much red and heart shaped food we can consume.

  32. keshakeke says:

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is giving my daughter Valentine goodies!

  33. Abbie says:

    Those look yummy! My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is making pizzelle’s for the bus driver and teachers! And for myself!

    • Lisa D. says:

      What a fun gift!

      Last year we made St. Patrick’s Day sugar cookies for all the teachers. Christmas and end of year gifts are great, but I think a mid-year surprise is a great idea too!

  34. katherine d says:

    date night with my husband :)

  35. Tabitha P. says:

    my favorite thing is my bf buys me candy

  36. Wehaf says:

    I love that all the candy is guaranteed to be on sale the next day. :)

  37. rachel says:

    I love decorating for it! It breaks up the winter blues

  38. Flowers. It is THE ONLY time I ever get flowers. And I love them.
    I also love these muffins.

  39. Cheryl W. says:

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s day is getting to slow down and reconnecting with my husband. Just having some alone time with him to remind ourselves why we truly love each other.

  40. Melissa says:

    Love, love, love these. Red is my favorite color!

  41. Those muffins look fantastic. My kids eat muffins better than anything so I am always looking for more ideas!! My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is dinner with my husband…and of course chocolate!!!!

  42. Connie says:

    Those muffins look delish!

  43. Anne says:

    The truth? My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is all those Hershey’s Kisses on sale for half-price on February 15! LOL

  44. Mara Yager says:

    I like having a good excuse in the middle of winter to decorate with pink and red, eat candy, write sweet cards to friends and family, and eat a little candy :) thanks for the giveaway!

  45. I love the plates on the red, the pattern is perfect!

  46. cakewhiz says:

    i love crate and barrel! their stuff is the CUTEST!

    M favorite thing about valentine’s day is all the candies that come into the market…lol

    ps: i just saw you are from chicago too… woohoo! me too :D

  47. Lol, the conversation heart candies!!!!
    Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

  48. Ashley P says:

    My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is making desserts for my sweetheart :) I do one a week for the four weeks before the day, usually.

  49. Jill Gagner says:

    Oh my goodness those dishes are CUTE and I want them :) Also – loving your page (that I just found!)

  50. Diane Troxell says:

    Fave thing has to be flowers.

  51. Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) says:

    i love the candy I get!!

  52. My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is the chocolate. :)

  53. Deirdre says:

    I love Valentine’s Day because it allows me to go all out with red, pink, glittery decorations in the house. Plus, I spoil my kids with extra love and some sweets. Thanks for the chance to win. XO

  54. Teresa E says:

    Those dishes are so cute! I have never been in a Crate and Barrel. I don’t have one around where I live and not sure where one is. Might have to look into that.

  55. meredith says:

    I love the romance and the chocolate!

  56. I love decorating and making fun Valentine treats to giveaway.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  57. Fun giveaway!!! Love these muffins! And my favorite thing? Would have to be the candy conversation hearts (I prefer the Necco brand, mmmmmm).

  58. Spending time with my hubby. : )

  59. Amy says:

    These muffins look delicious!

  60. Oooh, I love how full of berries these are–just gorgeous! Hmmm, I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s fan (boring, right??), but now that I have a kiddo, I have lots of fun making him heart-shaped goodies. :-)

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