Cherry Oatmeal Muffins (Frozen Pitted Tart Cherries)

1 cup cooking oats, uncooked
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¾ cup buttermilk
1 egg, slightly beaten
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup frozen red tart cherries, coarsely chopped

Pre-heat oven to 400F. Put oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Combine buttermilk, egg, oil and almond extract in a small bowl. Pour buttermilk into oats mixture; stir just to moisten ingredients. Quickly stir in cherries (it is not necessary to thaw cherries before chopping and adding to batter). Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400F for 15 – 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

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