Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Today is the last class of our daughter’s 8 weeks program at Make The Connection with Baby. A service offered by the Toronto Public Health.This program was created to help new parents learn more about how to better understand their baby and build effective communication skills to help baby discover their world. Classes are held once a week for a couple of hours, where we got a chance to meet other new parents with their babies living in the same neighborhood 🙂 . We sing nursery rhymes and learn a lot of useful information that doesn’t always come naturally to new parents. The registered nurses that run these programs were all super friendly and genuinely interested in helping us develop a stronger relationship with our babies. The best part is that all these programs are FREE. I truly believe that learning is a life-long process, it doesn’t matter if you are an athlete, or a mommy, if you’re open to learning you will get better at doing what you already do best. And who doesn’t want to learn how to be a better Mommy?!?!? I know I do. So, despite knowing a few weeks ago that we were going to have a potluck party today, and I am usually the master of pre-planning things. Like, I’ve already started testing out different vanilla cake recipes to find the perfect one for our daughter’s first birthday party when she was only 5months old 😛 . So, I surprised myself this morning when I was left scrambling for something to make quickly to bring to class.

This quick muffin recipe was created from ingredients that I already had on hand.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon ( I use this in almonst ALL my baking creations )
  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup w hite sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted ( I actually didn’t have any butter on-hand, so I use 1/3 cup of grapeseed oil instead)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips ( or Dried Raisins )

How to Prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
  3. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and oil in a large bowl.
  4. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Add 1/4 Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  5. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop batter into individual muffin tins.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out clean.
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Our daughter is on solids and eats a banana everyday, so we always have super riped bananas by the end of the week. It’s a perfect way to bake with less sugar (use bananas instead).
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Instead of tossing out my egg yolks this morning in my usual breakfast omelette, I decided to use 2 of the yolks to this recipe to add more protein to the muffins.
I like to use a toothpick to go over the uneven patches of the batter for a smoother looking muffin.
I like to use a toothpick to go over the uneven patches of the batter and give it a circular swirl before popping it into the oven. This helps the muffin tops look smoother when its done.
Voila...works everytime!
Voila…works everytime =)
Taste testing time!
A good baker never shares their baked goods without first taste testing it!

I hope you like this recipe and try it for yourself, either for preparing a week’s worth of breakfast on-the-go or your next pot luck party.

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2 thoughts on “Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

  1. Charlotte March 29, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    Those look totally delicious!!!

    • Liz March 30, 2014 / 2:40 am

      Thanks! Charlotte. Hope you get a chance to make them for yourself 🙂

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