Tuesday, July 1

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

Yesterday afternoon I found myself in a serious muffin mood. Actually, I often crave muffins but don't always act on my baking cravings. In that moment I needed action and muffins stat. These muffins will test your self-control. Seriously, I wanted to eat the whole tin but had to remind myself that the hubs was going to take them to an event and if I ate them all...well...you understand. With about 11 grams of refined sugar these aren't the healthiest treat you'll ever eat but definitely one of the tastiest. Still even with 11 grams of sugar, you'll find treats like a slice of Starbucks Banana Nut Bread with 31 grams of sugar and their Blueberry Yogurt Muffin with Honey having 28 grams of sugar. I'll stick my recipe in the Healthy(ier) category.

Adapted from Delicious In a Dash

Yield: 12 Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

1 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup raw, unsalted peanuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large egg
2/3 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. Using a blender, pulse the peanuts until a course chop forms. Remove 2 tablespoons of the peanuts and set aside. Continue pulsing until peanuts form a course meal. Remove from blender and combine it with the mashed bananas, oil and egg. Mix well then stir in the brown sugar, vanilla and almond milk just until combined. Be careful NOT to over mix or you'll end up with dense, heavy muffins.

Pour into greased or lined muffins tins. Combine reserved chopped peanuts, cinnamon sugar and butter in a small dish. Sprinkle over muffins before baking. Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let set in pans for a couple minutes then allow to finish cooling on a cooling rack (that is if their not already eaten).

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