Loaded Banana Muffins

Loaded Banana MuffinsThese are not your average banana muffins.  These babies are L-O-A-D-E-D.  Banana oat muffins with browned butter, walnuts, milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips, and an oat crumb topping. Loaded Banana Muffins

Yep, they taste just as amazing as they sound.  Light and moist, and not overly sweet.  They are appropriately muffin-y, not like some banana muffins that just taste like banana bread in a muffin cup.  Perfectly delicious.Loaded Banana Muffins

Muffins are one of my favorite breakfasts on the go.  I must admit that I love all breakfast foods, but I especially love the convenience of something that is already baked and ready for me!  Loaded Banana Muffins

I highly recommend browning the butter, it adds a slightly nutty depth of flavor that I especially love with the banana flavor here.  If you aren’t sure how to do it or how to know when your butter is browned, there is an excellent tutorial on how to brown butter from How Sweet It Is, complete with pictures for each step.  That said, simply melting the butter will suffice.  You can leave out the chocolate chips or walnuts or swap in whatever you’d like.Loaded Banana Muffins

Loaded Banana Oat Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

1 muffin

Ingredients

    Muffins
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Oat Crumb Topping
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp cold butter
  • 2 Tbsp old fashioned oats

Instructions

  1. Prepare Oat Crumb Topping: Mix brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly. Add oats and combine.
  2. Grease or line a muffin tin with paper liners. Preheat oven to 375.
  3. Brown the butter. (you could just melt it if you don't want to take the extra step to brown it). This can be done on the stove or in the microwave. To use the stove, just heat over medium heat until fizzing and cracking stops, the butter turns brown and has a nutty aroma. In the microwave, microwave high for a minute, then stir, then continue to microwave at 20-30 second intervals and stir, until the same (should take about 5 minutes).
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats with a whisk.
  5. In a separate bowl, add mashed banana, sugar, egg, and brown butter and mix (you can use a beater, but a wooden spoon works just as well).
  6. Add the dry and wet ingredients together and mix until just combined (don't over-mix), then fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with crumb topping.
  8. Bake for 18 minutes.
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Baked Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

oatmeal2The perfect breakfast for a chilly morning!  This cinnamon oatmeal was delicious, but the cream cheese icing is what really added that cinnamon roll flavor. Perfection!  This was the first time I have baked oatmeal, and I really liked the texture it had.  I’ll definitely be doing this again, but next time I think I’ll add fresh apples.

Cinnamon Oatmealoatmeal

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • additional brown sugar for sprinkling
  1. Mix everything together in a small-medium sized bowl.
  2. Pour half into a each of two 1 cup oven-safe dishes, I used Pyrex glass   bowls.
  3. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes in the middle rack, move it to the top rack and broil for couple minutes to get the top nice and crispy if you want.  You could also microwave it if you’re short on time; I’d say about two minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar and top with cream cheese icing (recipe below).

Cream Cheese Icingoatmeal3

  • 1 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Microwave cream cheese for about ten seconds to soften it up.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix with a fork or whisk (a fork works just fine since it is such a small amount).
  3. Drizzle over oatmeal.