Banana Oat Muffins

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All of the sudden Cia has taken a keen interest in helping me when I cook.  Of course I love this.  What a fun age she is at, asking why entirely too many times as she observes the methods to my madness.  I’m more than happy to include her in the kitchen scene.  Of course it’s twice as fast and much cleaner if I do it myself but where’s the fun in this?  I am a bit of a control freak so I would be lying if I didn’t cringe when the flour gets all over the place, but I still smile reminding myself how special it is to be a mom and have my children in my life.  I truly love being a mother.

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I’m not much of a baker but baking seems to be the easiest and safest way to include young kids in the cooking scene.  So Cia and I cooked up a batch of banana muffins.  I used oat flour offering a nice chewy texture, plain greek yogurt for added moisture, and threw in some mini chocolate chips for fun.  The smile that lit up on Cia’s face when I pulled out the chocolate chips was priceless.  Of course you can omit the chocolate and keep these muffins on the healthy side of things.  But if you are making these with the help of a little munchkin I highly recommend adding them in.  What can I say, I love giving my kids treats! : )

 

Banana Oat Muffins

Banana Oat Muffins

A chewy banana muffin sweetened with a bit of maple syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Pulse rolled oats in a blender or food processor until it becomes the consistency of flour. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mash the bananas. Add the yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk well until smooth.
  4. Add the oat flour, cinnamon, cardamom, baking powder, and chocolate chips. Mix until everything is incorporated.
  5. Line a cupcake pan with foil liners (highly suggest these as the muffins will stick to paper liners). Divide batter between the liners filling each almost to the top.
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes until muffins are set. Mine took 18 minutes.
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