Banana Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips

http://greenlitebites.com/2009/03/07/banana-oatmeal-cups-with-chocolate-chips/
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I’m shocked at how good these came out. SHOCKED. I totally made them on a whim this morning while rummaging through my kitchen looking for something to eat at breakfast. I had a gross of bananas just about turning overripe, oatmeal and 2 eggs. That was really it and nothing sounds good.

Then I remembered the Berry Oatmeal Cups and asked the toddler if he wanted to make muffins. Of course he said "Yes!" And so did Irish. :) Notice someone is getting camera shy.

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So we (toddler and I) really did LOVE these. I didn’t even bother asking the husband. He doesn’t even like "regular" muffins and I’m not even sure he’s ever even eaten oatmeal. His reaction would have been the standard, "I don’t like it but I can see why others would." And I just didn’t want to deal this morning. As I say… more for us! Banana Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips

  • 3 mashed bananas (the more ripe the better!)
  • 1 cup vanilla Almond milk (any milk should work)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 3 cups (240g) Old Fashion or Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp (42g) mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix all ingredients except the chocolate chips together, and let sit while you prepare the muffin pans.

Spray a muffin pan and/or liners with with non-stick spray.

Stir the chocolate chips into the oatmeal batter.

Divide batter into 15 muffin cups. They should be just about filled.

Bake 20-30 minutes, you’ll see the edges just starting to brown and they will be firm to the touch.

The muffins may stick when hot but are removed easily when cooled for a bit.

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Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
15 1 oatmeal cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
115 3g 2g 2
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 1g 21g 4g
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281 Comments and 27 Replies

  1. BONNIE

    HAVE MADE THESE TWICE-FIRST BATCH WITH 1 CUP APPLESAUCE (NO BANANAS ON HAND)
    2ND BATCH WITH CANNED PUMPKIN AND A BIT OF CINNAMON AND BROWN SUGAR (SPLENDA KIND)
    TURNED OUT GREAT AND LOVE THEM–WILL HAVE TO TRY THE BANANAS–BUT A RECIPE I WILL KEEP–LOVE FOR A QUICK SNACK OR A FAST BREAKFAST–YUM!!!
    FIRST RECIPE I TRIED AND NOW WANT TO TRY THEM ALL
    THANKS RONI!!

  2. Karen

    Couldnt wait to make these. I used almond milk. I should have added some sweetner. I will next time. Otherwise pretty darn good! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Alison

    These were so good! Ooops too good – I ate 5 today ROFL. Nearly all core ingredients too!

    I’ve tried many baked oatmeals but none were as simple as this. None taste as good as this either!

    Thanks for re-posting it at the end of the year as I forgot to try it when you first posted it :D

    BTW these are really yummy with some chocolate peanut butter on them (maraNatha dark chocolate peanut butter). Same points as regular peanut butter FYI

  4. Renee

    Made these for breakfast…didn’t have enough bananas so I added in some crushed pineapple (put in the cuisinart to make it more like applesauce) OMG…yummy combo! Thanks for this recipe. It’s a keeper

  5. Stephanie

    I recently discovered your blog and I love it! As a fellow WW food blogger I love finding awesome food sources. These are baking up right now and my whole house smells intoxicating. I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow morning!

  6. Jamie :)

    I had a few squishy bananas left and needed a quick (and yummy) way to use them up! This was it! So delicious! Thank you for the tasty ideas! :)

  7. Chelsea

    These looked so yummy-but I didn’t have enough bananas or any chocolate chips in the house…
    So I made them, only I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder and a couple tablespoons of ground flax. Instead of the other two bananas I put blueberries.
    Equally delicious! thanks.

  8. Charissa

    OMG!!! I am in LOVE! I’m on a baking kick, and my husband keeps complaining that I’m making too many baked goods and he keeps eating them all! I made 1/3 of the recipe and it fills a 24 mini muffin pan, I loved them, so did my husband. All day at work I was daydreaming of making a savory version. So tonight, I got hungry cuz I had an early dinner it was kinda small, so I made myself some kale chips and I made a self/individual serving of three muffins, using different ingredients here’s my amounts:

  9. Charissa

    OMG!!! I am in LOVE! I’m on a baking kick, and my husband keeps complaining that I’m making too many baked goods and he keeps eating them all! I made 1/3 of the recipe and it fills a 24 mini muffin pan, I loved them, so did my husband. All day at work I was daydreaming of making a savory version. So tonight, I got hungry cuz I had an early dinner it was kinda small, so I made myself some kale chips and I made a self/individual serving of three muffins, using different ingredients here’s my amounts:
    -1/4 cup quick oats
    -1 egg white (1 tbs from carton, but I eyeballed it)
    -4 tsp almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla, also eyeballed)
    -1/4 tsp baking powder
    -2 tbs unsweetened apple sauce
    For two of the muffins I put in some dried chives, 1 diced mini babybel light cheese and 2 tsp real bacon bits. The third muffin I put in 7g half peanut butter chips half semi-sweet choc chips. The entire thing for around 200 cal. I was so satisfied! This will be a new fave when I need a good light but filling snack or small meal. Thanks Roni!! I get so many ideas from you! And I relate to so many of your experiences and struggles with weight, sometimes I feel like I’m reading about me. Your site has been one of the things that has helped me lose almost 30lbs!!

  10. Qiting

    Can I use instant oats instead? I have lots that no one’s eating! Haha. any suggestions for instant oats healthy “baked goods”?

  11. Qiting

    I tried mine with instant oatmeal, skim milk and sweetener along with the other ingredients. After baking for 30 minutes, the interior still looked undercooked (a bit gooey inside). It tasted really good though! Love them! Are they supposed to be a little gooey inside?

  12. Sally

    I made thes today for breakfast, didn’t have almond milk or chocolate chips so I substituted with 1% milk and added a 1/2 cup of lite brown sugar for some sweetness,they were deliscious.

  13. Qiting

    Hi!Its me again. I forgot to ask you what size the bananas are. Are they medium? I’m going to make them again tomorrow! Thanks! :D

  14. Keri

    Made these for the first time today. I didn’t have the Almond Milk, so I used skim. I was unsure of how much sweetener to add & didn’t want to do too much, so I only added 1 Tbsp of Splenda to a half recipe. They definitely need a little more sweetness. They do have a different consistency to them, but will be making them again and adding more Splenda next time.

  15. Christine

    My house smells wonderful right now after baking these – and it’s a bonus that they’re soooo yummy! :-) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  16. Jenna

    So good! Used skim milk and added a tsp almond extract so it didn’t need any sweetener. Also did 1 large egg and 1/4 cup egg whites. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  17. Liz

    Heys!

    I just whipped up a batch and am (im)patiently waiting for them to cool. (In a nutshell, I ate a muffin out of the oven once and didn’t taste anything for two days. Not. Cool.) Sort of pulling a blank on this one, but how would you recommend storing these baked goods of awesome?

    All the good stuff,

    Liz

  18. Sally

    I always make a double batch and in the warmer weather I keep some in the fridge and I freeze the rest,when defrosted they taste just as fresh.

  19. Liz

    Wicked! Thanks so much!

    (p.s. I added in some cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice with the bananas. They are pretty tasty! ^___^)

  20. roni

    They don’t last long enough to store! lol

    BUt seriously.. I normally just put in an airtight container. They also freeze pretty well.

  21. heidi

    Had all ingredients on hand so made the other day. Here’s my take… 3 cups of oats normally needs 6 cups of liquid when making oatmeal. This recipe uses 1 cup of liquid. That leaves the oats wanting up to 5 more cups of liquid, which gives you an idea of how heavy these are in the stomach. I made mini-muffin size and they sit like bowling balls – my daughter and I both had a tummy ache after eating just two. Drink a ton of water with them and you should be fine.
    Next time I would vitamix the oats into an oat flour first and I would use less oats and/or more liquid. The whole oat is too chewy and heavy.
    It was a fun experiment though and it’ll spur me on to trying some other out of the box recipes. : )

  22. roni

    They are dense! I’ll give you that but that’s why we like them. That chewy heartiness. Anyway, thanks for the feedback have fun experimenting!

  23. Toni

    I also found them to be a little too dense and chewy. Would using instant oatmeal help? What does “vitamix the oats” mean?

    I can only experiment on Sundays …. my 1 year old may be 18 by the time I figure it out by myself :)

    Any ideas?

    -T

  24. roni

    Toni – They are going to be dense and chewy they are 90% oatmeal. As for “Vitamix” that just mean they were going to blend the oats first. Pretty much turning them into a flour. I’m jut sure how that would work as it reduce the volume even more. In my opinion making them even more dense.

    The idea here isn’t to make a cupcake out it. Its portable oatmeal that you can hold. Like a chewy granola bar without the crunchy bits.

  25. Jacquie

    Thank you soooooo much, these muffins are amazing! Healthy and delicious! I made them for my 4 year old son and he loves them,his favorite is sliced with some organic peanut butter. Have a Happy Day :)

  26. Jenna

    Made these today – delicious and amazing! I’m so happy to have a quick, healthy way to use up over-ripe bananas. Thank you so much :D.

  27. Cassie

    If you do not put the chocolate chips in, do you know what the calorie count per muffin is then? Also, does it change the recipe any? They look soooo good :)

  28. roni

    It actually doesn’t reduce the cals that much, maybe 20 a muffin but I can’t calculated. However they add a much needed flavor. The muffins aren’t very sweet so the little chocolate you get makes it perfect. Just my opinion. If you aren’t a chocolate person try this one made with berries… link to greenlitebites.com

  29. Diana

    I love this recipe! I was looking for a healthier alternative to an afternoon sweet with my tea and this was perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  30. Julie

    I found this through Pinterest and it looks really yummy for my GFCF son (too high in carbs for me!) and I could use his allergen free chocolate chips in it as well. I love trying new healthy things! Thanks for sharing!
    @juliebavi

  31. crystal

    Oh my – I just found this on Pinterest and I must tell you that they look just like my favorite banana oatmeal chocolate chip (and/or nut, raisin, etc. . .) cookie from childhood. In fact, I tell my mom that’s all I need for my birthday now! :)

    And I was just wondering YESTERDAY how to convert them into a breakfast muffin. Guess what I’m doing this week??? (Just need to get the bananas ripened!)

    THANK YOU!!!

  32. Erin

    Yes, this is much more of a portion-sized baked oatmeal recipe than a straight-up muffin. Tried the recipe today, (only substitution was milk and honey for the Almond Milk) and it came out with a pretty decent taste, but the texture was a bit eggy to me. Any suggestions?

  33. roni

    Oh they aren’t muffins, they are “oatmeal cups” At least that’s what I call them. Not sure how else to describe them.

    As for the egg you may want to try whisking the eggs with the bananan until nice and frothy. This may help distribute them more.

  34. Shawna

    Made these this morning, doubled the recipe so I had a mini muffin pan, regular muffins, and a bar pan full! I used skim milk because that’s what had! My kids gobbled these up and so did I!!! Yumm yumm! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  35. Abbey

    I just made these this morning.. I’m eating it right now as I type. I am IN LOVE with this recipe!! I’m trying not to eat a lot of sugar, so instead of chocolate chips, I chopped up a few squares of an 85% cocoa chocolate bar. I also added frozen raspberries. SO GOOD!! Next time I think I’ll add sliced almonds as well! Yumm.

  36. Amy

    I’m in shock!! My picky 5 and 2 yr old actually liked them!! Thank you so much for the recipe! I didn’t have bananas (my kids eat them too fast) so I used 1 cup of applesauce instead. I also added 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tsp of cinnamon and they came out fabulous. I have been trying different healthy muffin recipes that have been “booed” by my kids (even though I thought they were all pretty good). Anyway, they asked for seconds this morning! A pretty glorious morning for this mama….lol!

  37. Leah

    Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic recipe!
    I am some what baking-challenged, however these were so easy! They were so delicious, and have now become our on-the-go breakfast staple.
    I substituted walnuts for the chocolate chips in my latest batch. Not nearly as big of a hit with my boyfriend…

  38. Jessica

    These were delicious! I did add about a half cup of melted peanut butter to the mixture and it was amazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  39. Mariah

    Just saw this on Pinterest this morning and decided that since I have most of the ingredients I would wing it!… Instead of chocolate chips I added fresh blueberries and a few shakes of cinnamon. They are still in the oven, but from the reviews I’ve read I’m sure they will be amazing!

  40. Callie

    Thank you for this recipe! I found it on Pinterest and followed it to your page. We love the texture and that they are not overly sweet. I’ve even made them with mashed peaches when I’ve run out of bananas and added bits of strawberries and less chips when I wanted something different. We don’t think we’ll be able to eat a “regular” muffing again!

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