Oatmeal Banana Apple Muffins
Checking the weather to see when the temperature will finally go down, getting excited at “78 degrees”, needing a jacket to walk to class only to be sweating by noon, seeing some of the bluest skies anywhere…any of these may hint at typical Fall season in Texas. As much as I love this state, I have given up on the weather and learned to accept that Texas weather is bipolar. This can be unfortunate for someone who loves Fall weather (Me!) There’s just something about a temperature of 60-65 degrees, that slight breeze and blue skies that gets me. Okay,
maybe it’s the riding boots, scarves and sweaters that comes along with it. But, seriously my favorite time is October-December because with that comes Halloween and Thanksgiving and wonderful times. Unfortunately, with those times can also come 87 degree weather in Texas…like all next week.
I had expected to go home this past weekend to trade out my shorts and sandals for boots and long-sleeves, but that plan was dampened by the upcoming Texas temperatures. Despite this though, I decided to get into the “mood” by buying lots of fall clothes: ankle boots, sweaters, cardigans, peasant shirts, etc. Maybe I can’t wear them yet, but hey at least I have them to look forward to (and look longingly at), right? Anyway, I promise there is a point here, something that goes perfectly, hand-in-hand with Fall–BAKING! On top of shopping, I decided to find a yummy muffin recipe to try. And oh boy did I.
I found this recipe on rockrecipes.com and just the name alone informed me I had made the right choice. They are called Oatmeal Banana Apple Muffins and they taste heavenly. Added bonus: they are a healthier treat! (Yes, even when baking I look for healthy alternatives/options for myself. It’s the way I choose to live.) Seriously though, I bit into one and melted right into the warm, moist, and fluffy deliciousness. And don’t even get me started on the smell…they literally smell like Fall. And before you try and tell me that a season can’t have a smell, let me just say oh yes it can and it does. When I opened the oven to check on them, the waft of air smelled like cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, baking and made me so excited! Right away I knew I had to share this recipe because everyone needs these muffins. So if your feelings towards Fall are like mine yet your state’s weather doesn’t seem to back you up, here is the recipe for these Oatmeal Apple Banana Muffins. You can thank me later (preferably at a time when you’re not stuffing your face with these muffins).
OATMEAL APPLE BANANA MUFFINS
Prep time: 15 minutes Bake Time: 25 minutes Total time: 40 minutes
Yields: 12-15 muffins (12 big muffins or 15 medium muffins)
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour (can use all-purpose if you prefer)
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 2 eggs (I used 1 egg and 1 egg white)
- 4 tbsp. canola oil (can sub 4 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce)
- 6 tbsp. sugar
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large banana)
- 1 cup grated unpeeled apple (approximately 1 large apple)*
*If you don’t have a grater (I didn’t) you can just chop/dice the apples up into tiny pieces and it still works perfectly. This is especially tasty with apple chunks in the muffins!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small-medium bowl, mix together the oatmeal, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In a medium-large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil and sugar until fluffy. Blend in the milk.
- Fold in the dry ingredients. When the flour is almost incorporated, fold in the mashed banana and grated apple.
- Do not over mix. Fold in only until the fruit is mixed through the batter.
- Spoon into paper lined muffin tins. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
These are best served warm! They can also be stored in an airtight container for about a week and then heated up in the microwave, if desired. Have fun playing around with ways to eat them. For example, for a pre-workout snack I had a muffin drizzled with plain Greek yogurt–so good! But no matter how you choose to eat these muffins, you’ll sure be glad you did! Happy baking!
[Thank you rockrecipes.com for showing me this awesome treat!!]