Monday, October 24, 2011

Oatmeal Banana Muffins

How do you make a banana muffin healthy?  You add oats in it of course!  Okay.  So that's usually my solution to making any baked goods healthy.  Or add wheat flour.  But whatever!  I am pretty sure it works.

Bananas are one of those foods that you can eat at every meal.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.  There is a restaurant in my town that makes banana beef.  It's not too shabby.

Oatmeal Banana Muffins
Adapted from babble

3 very ripe bananas
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup raisins

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray muffin pan
2.  Mash bananas, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.  The mixture will be lumpy.  It is okay.
3.  Mix flours, oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt until combined.
4.  Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.  DO NOT OVER MIX.
5.  Add raisins.
6.  Use a ice cream scooper and scoop batter into prepared muffin pans.
7.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until tooth pick insert comes out clean.
8.  Cool on a rack.

These muffins are best with a slab of butter.  Oh wait.  Everything is better with a slab of butter!  On a more serious note this muffin is for sure a breakfast muffin.  This muffin is not too sweet and with the blend of oats and wheat flour it makes them perfect for my crazy Chinese family who always complain that "American" muffins are too sweet. 
The sweet pup waited with me for the muffins to cool.  Waiting is not something she enjoys to do.  Hence the face she is making.  Of course she was even more upset when she found out that there was nothing for her once the muffins where cool.  So of course I felt bad and gave her a teaspoon of peanut butter.  She waited nicely with me after all.


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