Cherry Flax Oat Muffins

Celebrate Summer with Cherries! 

By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA

‘Tis the season to… eat cherries! Summer is here and what a perfect time to take advantage of cherry season. This fruit only harvests from the beginning of June to mid-August! Make sure you get ‘em while they’re still around.

As you head out to our stores to pick up fresh cherries, make sure to look out for these qualities to ensure you’re getting the best ones.

  • Look for bright color and supple exterior
  • Make sure they are smooth, plump and firm
  • Good cherries have green stems attached to them
  • Avoid those with blemishes, bruises, extremely light or dark color
  • Once you get your cherries, make sure to refrigerate them in order to preserve and improve the flavor!

Apart from being a delicious combination of sweet and tart, cherries provide a bounty of health benefits. Sweet cherries are low fat, sodium free, a good source of fiber and vitamin C, an important source of potassium and micronutrients.

Here are some specific health benefits of cherries: 

  • One serving of cherries (1-cup or 21 cherries) contains about 90 calories. That’s about 4.3 calories per cherry!
  • Studies show that flavonoids, antioxidants found in cherries, can help protect against heart disease, strokes, and cancer.
  • Melatonin, found in cherries, enhances sleep and promotes healthy sleep patterns
  • Currently, studies are being done to prove that certain phytochemicals in cherries may inhibit arthritic inflammation

So hurry, hurry! This amazing fruit is in season now; pick them up for a snack or sweet and savory recipes like this one for Cherry Flax Oat Muffins.

Cherry Flax Oat Muffins 

Cherry Flax Oat Muffins

Prep: 10 minutes 

Bake 20 to 25 minutes 

Makes 12 muffins 


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Flaxseed Meal
  • ¾ cup quick cook oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pitted fresh cherries, coarsely chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffins tins.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, flaxseed, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl combine milk, eggs and vanilla. Mix well and pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Do not over mix. Gently mix in cherries.
  4. Fill muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe by Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA