Saturday, March 23, 2013

Oatmeal Muffins

I do love a baked good, that's no secret. And since I've been easing up on the grain it takes a lot to get me to indulge. But there are 2 key reasons that make it irresistible to me: healthy grain (in this case oatmeal & oat bran) and something sweet (banana & chocolate). And the more the better, for me! This is a new muffin recipe and it's looking hopeful:)

Begin by combining the milk with the dry oatmeal and oat bran.

The coconut I have on hand is a large shave, so I'm giving it a little extra chopping. Using a food processor might have been a better idea, these bad boys are flying everywhere! Yikes!

Add that, along with egg, oil and vanilla to the wet ingredients, mix well and set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix lightly.

In a small bowl mash the bananas. I'm a taking an extra minute to mash them well because the muffin batter is a little dry, so I want the bananas to add some moisture to the mix.

Add the bananas and mini chocolate chips to the mix and combine. Spoon into lined muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes. YUM!

Oatmeal Muffins
1 1/4 c milk
3/4 c oat bran
3/4 c oats
1/2 c unsweetened coconut, shredded
1 egg
1/4 c canola oil
1 t vanilla
1 1/4 c ap flour
1/2 c sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 medium bananas, mashed well
1/2 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl combine milk, oat bran, oats, coconut, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well and let sit for a few minutes. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add wet ingredients into the dry, lightly mix. Add in banana and chocolate chips, mix til combined. Scoop into paper lined muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes, or til lightly browned on top & tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. Makes about 18 muffins. Enjoy!

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