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Healthy banana muffins with oats are just the thing to hit the spot when you are craving something sweet! Easily customizable, these quick bites give you extra fiber from oatmeal, sweetness from the bananas, and the ability to make the recipe completely vegan if so desired! Out of eggs? No problem, this recipe requires no eggs and uses applesauce, milk, and oil for the wet ingredients.
The streusel adds a punch of flavor and texture, while the overall recipe is relatively low in sugar. Make a batch today, and freeze for when you need a quick bite of a dessert that won't leave you feeling guilty! Perfect for a grab and go breakfast during those busy weekday mornings, or as a delectable brunch treat on the weekends!
I'm feeling the weight of those heavy holiday desserts right about now for sure! But I still have a crazy sweet tooth that is demanding attention. You may know that caramelized bananas on waffles are something I crave often. I've decided to meet my body cravings halfway with these delicious little muffins.
I'm also feeling extremely lazy now, so I appreciate being able to blitz all the wet ingredients up in my blender. It's the little things, my friends!
Although any ripe banana will work, I really like to use an almost over-ripe banana since it will be just a little bit sweeter. Since we've been eating the holiday treats the last few weeks, the fruit bowl has plenty to spare!
Ingredients you'll need:
- 2 bananas
- milk or a plant based milk
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- apple cider vinegar
- flour (see gluten free notes below)
- oatmeal (see gluten free notes below)
- baking powder
- Optional add in's listed below
Most of the items above I would guess you already have in the fridge or pantry. For me, the only thing I might be missing are the actual bananas!
The little applesauce cups are great for this recipe because not a lot is needed. I hate opening a big jar and having it take up room in the refrigerator for a few weeks until it's used up. The shelf-stable individual cups are perfect!
Cooking equipment You'll need:
- Blender (not 100% necessary but handy, can also use an immersion blender, a small prep blender, a hand mixer, or even a hand whisk.
- mixing bowl for dry ingredients
- sifter for dry ingredients, a hand whisk can also work.
- measuring cups and spoons
- muffin tin
- cooling rack
- scoop or large spoon for pouring into tins
- mixing spoon
- muffin liners
- pot holders
My mom always made banana bread with a wooden spoon and a whisk, and the old school way works just fine. I just love using my blender any chance I get! Gives my arms a bit of a break!
Since there isn't a lot of fat in this recipe, the dough can stick to the liner. You can do a few things to prevent this-- you can spray your liner with non-stick spray, or you can use greased silicone liners or a silicone muffin pan.
Another reason they can stick is if you haven't allowed them to cool completely. I know, I know, way easier said than done!
One thing to love about these muffins is that the streusel crumb topping isn't overwhelming. It's not one of those giant exploding muffin tops with a little bit of bread on the bottom. It allows the whole muffin to shine, adds a bit of pep, but doesn't try to take all the glory.
If you don't want to mess with a topping that is fine too. You can leave plain or sprinkle just a bit of sugar on top. Although hard to see, the muffins in this picture have a bit of coconut mixed in. There are other options if you'd like to add a different twist to this recipe.
Optional Add In's
- nuts like pecans or walnuts
- dried cranberries
- chocolate chips
- peanut butter chips
- dried banana chips
The sky is the limit here my friend! Feel free to dump your favorites in. I'm a sucker for banana muffins with a chocolate chip or two, or maybe 10! LOL! I generally do about a ¼ of a cup when it comes to adding another ingredient.
Your house will smell divine when pulling these tasty treats out of your oven. There is something so classic about that smell- it gets me every time. It's like a silent alarm going off in my house, and it will send all the boys into the kitchen to grab a sweet snack.
FAQ's about Oatmeal Banana Muffins:
Are they gluten free?
If you follow the directions as they are, they are not gluten free. However, only 2 changes need to be made. You'll substitute a one-to-one gluten free flour in place of the regular flour.
You'll also want to make sure your oatmeal is gluten free. This involves a special way of growing the oats away from other non-gluten free crops. I like to buy Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats.
Can I make the muffins if I'm vegan?
One of the best parts of the muffin recipe is that it uses zero eggs! Yay! It does call for milk- but you can use any milk you prefer. So feel free to sub out for almond milk, oat milk, rice milk- whatever if your favorite alternative milk to cook with!
I'm not vegan myself, so if I've missed something, please do let me know by leaving a comment below!
Help! My muffin is sticking to the wrapper!
As I discussed above, there are a few things you can do:
- make sure the muffin has cooled completely
- since the recipe is lower in oil with no butter or eggs- spray liners with non-stick spray before adding the batter
- Use silicone muffin liners or a silicone muffin pan
Hope that helps! If you have more questions, please leave them down below!
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Healthy Banana Muffins With Oats
- 2 Ripe bananas
- ¼ Cup brown sugar any sugar works, as does maple syrup
- ¾ Cup milk of choice plant based milk or regular
- 3 Tablespoons canola oil any oil will work
- 2 Tablespoons applesauce
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 Cups flour
- ¼ Cup oatmeal
- 2 Teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ Teaspoon salt
- 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ Teaspoon clove
- ¼ Teaspoon ginger
- ¼ Teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ Cup Shredded coconut optional
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon oil butter works well too
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 375
- Blend all of the wet ingredients (bananas, milk, maple syrup, 3 tablespoons oil, applesauce, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract) in a food processor, blender, or with a hand whisk.
- Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and spices into a bowl. Stir in the oats, coconut, and any other add ins in a larger bowl and mix well.
- Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredient bowl slowly and mix well into a batter. Don't over mix- keep a delicate hand. You're done as soon as the mixture comes together!
- Pour batter into a lightly oiled muffin pan ¾ of the way up each cup. If you use liners make sure they are quality as they can stick to the sides of the muffins and tear when removing. I find it helpful to spray with non-stick spray, but no liner works great too.
- Make the streusel by mixing the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and oil into a crumble.
- Place the crumble streusel on top of the batter of each muffin.
- Place the muffins in the oven and bake for 25 minutes (check with toothpick or knife so they come out clean)
- Place on a rack to cool! Cool to room temperature and enjoy!
Happy New Year my friends! I hope you have many successes and blessings in 2021!