I found this US recipe from a blog called “She Likes Food” from Pinterest and liked the healthy take of baked oats with great flavours. It was simple enough to modify the recipe with healthy substitutes and from US imperial to metric measurements.
It’s a simple all in one bowl recipe which is always a bonus! I’ve also given both standard and gluten free versions so you can choose which suits you best.
It’s such a classic flavour combination of banana and peanut butter that I knew they would work out great and be a nice treat without too much guilt. They freeze really well so it’s handy to make two batches and have them for running out the door or when hunger suddenly hits mid afternoon!
There are lots of things that help make these muffins a perfect choice for breakfast or to fill that “hungry” gap we all get throughout the day.
Firstly it uses oats instead of flour which makes them a healthier option as oats are complex carbohydrates and have a slow release of energy.
You can turn them into gluten free muffins by substituting the oats and baking powder.
They are sweetened with honey instead of processed sugar or an artificial sweetener and this type of non processed sugar again releases energy slower and if you use local honey it can help with allergy problems.
There’s no butter or oil in these muffins and I replaced the milk with almond milk so they are dairy free.
So what’s stopping you!!
These delicious muffins are perfect for an on the run breakfast or midday snack as they are low sugar and full of goodness. You can make them dairy free if you need to and I’ve put those options on the ingredients list.
I’ve used dried cranberries because they are a firm favourite in our house and they are sweet enough to greatly reduce the original sugar content in the recipe, but you can use other dried fruit options too. Pecans or walnuts would also be a great addition.
A great recipe for a low in fat muffin that tastes great with the bursts of fresh blueberries in each bite and the sweetness of very ripe bananas.
You can use regular self raising flour but for a higher fibre, more healthy option, you can completely replace with self raising wholemeal flour (or wholemeal spelt as I did) or go half and half. I replaced the muscovado sugar with a sugar substitute and instead of buttermilk, I used 0% fat free yoghurt.
The original recipe called for olive oil but living in Ireland we have fantastic Rapeseed oil grown here and readily available and it’s a healthier option.
These muffins are light and fluffy and because I’ve changed the recipe to have no added sugar, they are a perfect breakfast choice, a snack on the run or an afternoon time out with a cuppa. They are great to give to the kids too!
I topped them with just 3 little chocolate chips and a walnut just for a little bit of yumminess but you can leave them out if you prefer. Eat them hot or cold.
A lovely healthy and nutritious version of a firm favourite using wholemeal instead of plain flour and healthy oats. The spices give a lovely flavour but you can leave them out if you want a plain muffin. For those on a dairy free eating plan, these are perfect as vegetable oil is used instead of butter. They are lovely and moist and not too sweet so perfect for on the go, a quick breakfast or great snack.
As most of us find on a regular basis, there were a couple of bananas that no one in the house would eat. God forbid you find some black on a banana! I didn’t want to make one of the usual bakes like Banana Bread so this recipe came to mind and what’s brilliant about it is that you can make 12 out of this recipe and freeze half of them for another day. Love that!