With fall finally here, and the temperatures cooling off, I’m back in the kitchen baking up a storm! Between a busy schedule, and it just being too dang hot to have the oven on, I didn’t bake a single thing all summer long! Getting back into my baking groove, I’m sharing a childhood favourite of mine, Banana Oatmeal Muffins, with a healthier twist.
Growing up, my mom ALWAYS had freshly baked cookies or muffins in the house. It made my siblings and I the envy of the neighbourhood, and friends always wanted to come over because we had the best treats. One of my favourites was Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins! The sweetness of the banana mixed with the gooey goodness of the melted chocolate chips … excuse me while I drool over here … so good!!
The recipe however, had a lot of ingredients you won’t find in my kitchen today – white flour, refined sugar, margarine … YUCK! To recreate a healthier version of this favourite, I’ve swapped out the white flour with whole wheat, added oats, and replaced the white sugar with raw honey. And the best news – I think these are even better than the original! Seriously!!
Best part – skip the chocolate chips and enjoy these beauties as a great grab-and-go breakfast!
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork.
Add wet ingredients to mashed bananas.
Add dry ingredients to the wet.
Fold in chocolate chips (if using).
Let mixture sit for 5-10 mins before putting into muffin tins. *You can skip this step but I don't recommend it. Letting it rest will result in fluffier muffins!
Transfer mixture to muffin tin and bake for 20mins at 400 degrees.
- If making small muffins, cut cooking time in half.
- #protip - use parchment baking cups. Unlike the regular paper ones, half your muffin won't get stuck on these. I picked these up at Loblaws, but they are also available on Amazon.