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.
68 thoughts on “Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins”
Baked some, and all I can say is . . . wow! So good—and, yes, eating with peanut butter is definitely the way to go!
Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!!!
trying to cook healthier food for my family and came across your website- loving all the healthy recipes! Is wholewheat pastry flour the same as normal wholewheat flour? (I’m from the UK and haven’t heard of this) thanks!
Oh thank you I’m glad you like it! No it’s not the same – it is better for baking and has a lighter end result. If you can’t find, I suggest using half regular white flour and half regular whole wheat flour. :)
These look delicious, and I so want to make them! Can you tell me if you use rolled oats or oat bran in the recipe?
I hope you try them! I used rolled oats.
Yum, these look perfect and so irresistible!
Just confirming that these are indeed AMAZING. Made a batch last night, along with your slow cooker banana walnut oatmeal for an easy breakfast today. Thanks for providing SO many easy, delicious, and clean recipes! Gratefully, your neighboring Ohio reader. :)
Oh i’m so thrilled Katie!! Thank you so much!!
Seeing that smear of PB on the muffin literally made me drool a little. Can’t wait to make these & repeat your PB idea!
heck yes!!! I heart PB. :)
This looks easy and tasty! Perfect for anytime snacking!
I’ve been trying for months to get some ripe bananas around here! I’ve been buying more than 20 at a time and 5 days later, they’re gone. Seriously. I don’t know where they’re going. I have at least one smoothie a day but geez!
Um, anyway. The muffins look great! Love their healthy-ness. :D
Omg maybe they are hiding with the lemons that randomly disappeared from my grocery store for 2 months!?
Hahaha. Did you ever get an explanation for that? Were they out everywhere in the region or just *your* store? Maybe they were messing with you. ;)
And I like to think I have a baby chimpanzee around. He’d just hiding! I’ve named him Oscar Jr.
No!! No idea what happened?!?!
I refuse to have breakfast that doesn’t include a smear of peanut butter, so I love that these are so accommodating! And good for me too.
You and me both sista!!
Always looking for healthy baking recipes, and I LOVE bananas and chocolate! Can’t wait to try these!
Let me know what you think!!
We eat a lot of muffins around here. I am definitely saving these for later–love the chocolate and banana combo!
Your boys would love these! Hope you’re feeling good!
These look perfect! Chocolate and bananas are so perfect together!
I know right? Enjoy!