I think more than anything else, if there’s one thing constant in my kitchen, it has to be ripe bananas. Seriously I buy bananas every week and we never finish them on time. So they start turning brown and neither me nor hubby can eat those brown-black bananas, we simply can’t. I throw away a lot of things (I know such a bad habit, really need to change) but I never throw over-ripe bananas and that makes me feel slightly better about throwing all the other stuff.
This time around I had 2 brown bananas on my counter and I wanted to use them to make something that we could eat for breakfast. I thought of scones, pancakes etc. but ultimately decided on these super easy muffins simply because these are easier to carry along as well. These healthy banana oat muffins are the perfect on the go breakfast, just make them ahead of time and you will not have to worry about what to eat in the morning!
The muffins are loaded with fiber, they are mostly whole wheat and oats. I did use a tiny bit of all purpose flour but you can definitely use 100% whole wheat. I will not say that these are the healthiest muffins but they are pretty healthy. I mean look at the ingredients.
✔and only 2 tablespoons of Oil!
Does that list convince you? To me these muffins were perfect, especially the sweetness. You know most of the muffins that we get in stores, they are incredibly sweet. I mean hello muffins aren’t supposed to be that sweet, they are not cupcakes! The key here is to use really ripe bananas. Those are already so sweet so you don’t really need to add in tons of sugar.
I do think I over-baked these muffins a bit. I mean they were really soft and moist but looked a little too brown for my liking. I baked these at 400 F degrees for 12-13 minutes, maybe I should have baked them for a minute less. Anyway you should keep an eye on them after 10 minutes, take them out when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
If you don’t plan to eat the muffins right away, wrap in a cling sheet and when you are ready to eat them the next day, simply pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds and they will be as good as fresh.
Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Spray a 12 capacity muffin pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
In a bowl whisk together whole wheat flour, all purpose flour and oats. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt and all spice mix (optional). Mix till everything is well combined. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together oil, egg, mashed banana and yogurt. Whisk till well combined.
Add brown sugar, vanilla extract and mix well.
Start adding the dry ingredients into the wet in parts, mixing after each addition.
Mix till dry ingredients are just combined, do not over-mix.
Stir in the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can also add nuts here.
Divide the batter equally into 11 muffins pans, filling all the way to the top.
Bake at 400 F degrees for 10-13 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
* Freeze the leftovers and whenever you are running late, simply pop one in the microwave and your quick breakfast is ready in seconds!
* Use really ripe bananas, one that are dark brown, almost black, yes those bananas for these muffins. Super ripe bananas add a lot of moisture and flavor to the muffins.
* Adding chocolate chips is optional, I had to add them since for me everything is better with chocolate.
* If you don’t want to use eggs, add 1 tablespoons extra oil and yogurt and it should work well.
Healthy Banana Oat Muffins
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup oats [i used old fashioned]
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon all spice [optional]
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup yogurt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup mashed bananas [from 2 large bananas]
- 1 egg at room temperature
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips [optional]
- Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
- Spray a 12 capacity muffin pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a bowl whisk together whole wheat flour, all purpose flour and oats.
- Add baking soda, baking powder, salt and all spice mix (optional). Mix till everything is well combined. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together oil, egg, mashed banana and yogurt. Whisk till well combined.
- Add brown sugar, vanilla extract and mix well.
- Start adding the dry ingredients into the wet in parts, mixing after each addition.
- Mix till dry ingredients are just combined, do not over-mix.
- Stir in the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can also add nuts here.
- Divide the batter equally into 11 muffins pans, filling all the way to the top.
- Bake at 400 F degrees for 10-13 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I baked mine for around 13 minutes and I do think I over-baked them a little. They were super soft and moist but a bit too brown for my liking. So keep an eye on them after 10 minutes.
- Transfer the muffins onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Healthy Banana Oat Muffins
42 thoughts on “Healthy Banana Oat Muffins”
Hello, Manali, I was wondering if you can use Greek Yogurt instead of regular yogurt?
YAY–you’ve convinced me at least, Manali! I’m still in awe of your lovely blog–it’s so clean and I love the feel of it. I love these muffins, too–I actually dislike bananas on their own, but I always buy them because I love them in baked goods and frozen. I’m bookmarking this! I hope you have a lovely weekend, and I can’t wait to read more from you 🙂
Thank you so much Ala! Well my husband has designed my blog so I passed on your compliment to him 😉 You too have a great weekend!
I love all of the ingredients in here, Manali — these are my kind of muffins! 🙂
Thanks Marcie 🙂
I adore banana muffins! These look terrific and I love the chocolate chips and oats you added. I think they look perfect. I’m totally with you on the ripe bananas. I can’t eat them that way either. I usually just end up throwing them in the freezer for smoothies. I need to make some of these banana muffins instead!
Thanks Rachelle! I know smoothies and baking are the best ways to use ripe bananas!
Gorgeous looking delicious muffins! Indeed perfect for breakfast. AWESOME share! Pinned it for later! 🙂
We love baked goods with banana too. These muffins look heavenly.
This is my kind of recipe. I’m just realizing that you have a lot of banana muffin recipes! I would definitly try one, i have two very brownish banana sitting in the kitchen countertop.
now that you say it, I realize it too! lol. You need to bake with the brownish bananas Azu!
Manali, we always have ripe bananas as well . . and now I buy two bunches, one to eat and one to bake with! 🙂 I love these healthy muffins! I’m baking muffins right now!
haha yeah that’s what I do too. Buy more than you can finish so that you can bake with them 😉 Thanks Alice!
oh yes Manali, that list convinces me 🙂
Even we never finish bananas and i still buy them 🙁 This time i will try this recipe 🙂
Lol I know it’s a common problem. Baking is the best way to use over-ripe bananas! 🙂
I love banana oat muffins, they are so good! These ones look delicious! And I always have overripe bananas, but that’s okay cause I love to bake with them! 🙂
Me too! 🙂 Thanks Stacey!