These lightly sweetened muffins are packed with whole grains, heart-healthy walnuts, rich cocoa powder and ripe bananas.
My two-year-old loves drinking smoothies for breakfast so inevitably we end up with a few extra ripe bananas each week. Normally I freeze them for future smoothies but there is something about a snowy weekend that gets me in the baking mood. In lieu of making my favorite chocolate chip cookies, I decided to be a good girl and create a healthy breakfast muffin packed with bananas, oats, and a little chocolate for good measure.
This recipe is adapted from Honest Fare to make them slightly less sweet with an extra dose of Omega-3’s from flax seed meal and walnuts. Because they are made with less sugar, they won’t cause that addictive “OH-MY-GOD-I-NEED-1000-MORE” response. If you’ve ever had more than one Girl Scout cookie in a sitting, you know what I’m talking about.. ;-)
These muffins are perfect for on-the-go snacking or a healthy breakfast to eat during your commute or in the school drop off line. Oh and PS: they taste incredible with a smear of creamy natural peanut butter on top. You can thank me later.
No fork required.
Banana Oat Chocolate Muffins
- 1 ¼ cups oats
- ½ cup plain yogurt (low fat)
- ½ cup skim milk
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
- ⅓ cup oil
- 1 egg
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (or chocolate chips)
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a muffin tin with 12 baking cups.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, yogurt and milk. Set aside to soak for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together remaining dry ingredients in a small bowl: whole wheat pastry flour through ground cloves.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together mashed bananas with oil and egg. Add to the soaking oat mixture and stir to combine.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir in walnuts or chocolate chips.
- Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter evenly into 12 lined muffin tins. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes.
- Let cool in pan 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.