Maple Banana Muffins

We’re currently stocking our freezer with quick easy snack type things, in preparation for a big move and a new baby. I had some dead bananas and figured I’d make muffins, and then realized I’d packed my Joy of Cooking with the recipe I always go from in it. Deciding to try something new, I poked around on the internets and cobbled together a muffin recipe that didn’t use refined sugar as a sweetener, and would take care of using up the last of the oats from our baking box. These definitely fit the bill – it was hard to only keep out one or two and to freeze the rest – I could happily have eaten the rest of the batch today.

Ingredients

  • 2C flour (I used 1.5C whole wheat and 1/2C all purpose)
  • 1C oats
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • cinnamon and allspice to taste
  • 1C coconut (you can use sweetened or unsweetened, the sweetened stuff obviously makes sweeter muffins)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2C banana pulp
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/3C almond milk, soymilk or regular milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 C oil
Makes 12 big muffins or 24ish small ones
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease a muffin tin
  2. Mix dry ingredients together
  3. In another bowl, combine the eggs, syrup, milk vanilla and oil and mix until totally blended, then add banana pulp, mixing until blended
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, combining thoroughly without overmixing.
  5. Plop into muffin tins – you can fill them up all the way to the brim of the cup, they won’t overflow too much (at least, mine didn’t) and they make nice big muffins that way
  6. Bake for 20-25 mins, or until the muffins are golden brown on top and a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean
  7. Take out and cool on a rack in the muffin tin for a bit before removing, then cool out of the in on the rack (or just eat warm).

These muffins are really moist, which is great but makes for difficulty in applying cream cheese or cold butter, but they make excellent breakfast snacks. You could add protein powder to them easily to give them a bit more nutritional value, and you can also put nuts, raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips, etc…

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