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Muffins, Beans, and Oats Oh My!

This week we have a recipe submitted by a WIC staff member. Mary is from a local clinic in the state of Indiana. This recipe is great because it uses many WIC ingredients.

Mary signed up for FNP (Family Nutrition Program) back in 1994 and found this recipe in an old Betty Crocker magazine. Her clinic used the recipe in a cookbook that they put together to give to clients as an incentive.

It's one of her family's meatless favorites during the cold season. She serves the muffins with a pot of beans and some diced up onions (on the side).

Mary's Recipe Adapted from Betty Crocker:

Number of Servings - 6-14 muffins

Prep Time - 10 minutes

Cook Time - 15-20 minutes


1 cup cooked pinto beans

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup raisins (optional)


1. Wash prep surfaces and your hands.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

3. Puree beans with milk in a blender until smooth.

4. Pour into a bowl and beat in egg, oil, honey, and vanilla.

5. Add the dry ingredients, mixing until just moistened.

6. Stir in raisins.

7. Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups, about 3/4 full.

8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


About Mary. . .

Hello, my name is Mary. Mary WIC is what my clients have called me for years. I have been with WIC for 28 years. That is half of my life. It has been the most rewarding job and my clients are the only reason I have stayed this long. We have a great rapport, and honesty is our strength in communication.

I had my first child 2 years after starting with the agency, and at that time I met a lady with a Family Nutrition Program. We found this recipe while putting together a cookbook. I figured it would be a rather “weird tasting experience,” but let me tell you - it is phenomenal! My family was surprised that the muffins were so delicious, and you could not tell they had beans in them.

So, please try them and throw in any extra ingredients you want...nuts, cocoa powder, peanut butter etc.


In this week's guest post, Mary shares her recipe for muffins. If you would like to serve a side of beans as Mary suggested, check out the recipe for a Pot of Beans in our Health eKitchen recipe collection. You can find it at in the Health eKitchen under Pot of Beans.



This recipe is not a Health eKitchen tested recipe.

We recommend the use of quick-cook oats as opposed to rolled oats as indicated on the recipe image.

Never serve honey to children under the age of one.


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