Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Banana Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips

Posted by 9 years ago 331 Comments

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

See other recipes using: almond milk, banana, chocolate chips, egg, milk, oatmeal

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    October 31, 2013

    I made these with very high hopes, but they did not turn out how I expected. I just didn't like the texture, and my two year old spit it out. I've had the same issue with adding banana to recipes before, so I think I just can't bake with banana. The texture is always weird. I'm going to try the pumpkin ones next time, though.


      January 7, 2014

      I have made these before, actually unrelated with the site but added about a cup of applesauce. They make better little haystack cookies than muffins but they are delicious. Try applesauce.


    December 13, 2013

    Do these freeze well? anyone tried making a batch and freezing them and pulling one out every night for breakfast the next morning?


      December 16, 2013

      I've made a batch of these and froze them. They freeze very well in ziploc bags. I just took them out of the freezer the night before. These make a great portable breakfast! Thanks for sharing your recipe.


    January 4, 2014

    I added 1/3 cup of brown sugar to satisfy my sweet tooth, and to make up for the calorie increase, divided into 18 muffins. Yum! Great grab and go breakfast.

    Jordyn Nelson

    January 9, 2014

    Loved the recipe, good and easy starter for the morning. I used little more than one banan and then added about 2-3 Tbs of peanut butter, turned out really yummy!

    Jan Klauba

    January 16, 2014

    I added 1 cup shredded coconut and 1\2 cup chopped almonds. I also baked them longer, until the tops were a very golden brown. The texture was much better with those additions.


    January 20, 2014

    Loved these - used raisins and coconut milk!


    January 23, 2014

    I also had high hopes but give these a 6 on a scale of 10. I think adding a tablespoon of Splenda brown sugar blend would help but the texture was odd and the muffin didn't want to hold together. Still a nutritious alternative for breakfast I think.


    February 13, 2014

    Thank you for sharing! I made these this morning and they are great and easy to grab for work.


    February 17, 2014

    I only used two bananas, but added 1/2 c of applesauce. Along with three packets of splenda and a teaspoon of salt. They turned out great!!


    February 21, 2014

    I thought they were very bland :0(. My kids didn't like them at all. I might add a little brown sugar and try again.

    Tracy R.

    March 2, 2014

    I made these yesterday and I was quite disappointed. The texture was weird and I'm guessing because there's no flour in the muffin, making the muffin almost too wet. I also added blueberries to mine. I ate two muffins, my husband choked down one. They were thrown in the garbage this morning. Not happy at all that I wasted time and money (blueberries are not cheap!).


    March 3, 2014

    I agree with Tracy and Mary. Way too bland and nobody in my house will eat them.


    March 6, 2014

    I just made these last night -- Was about to go to bed and realized if I didn't use my bananas RIGHT THIS SECOND it was going to be too late. I used 4 pretty large bananas and made up for it by adding just a little bit extra of the rest of the ingredients (and I had jumbo eggs). I also put in a little sugar and more than 3 Tbsp of choc chips... That was like no chips! They are so good! I had one for breakfast and I think the reason it was so delicious is because I microwaved it for 13 seconds before I ate it. Made the chips all melty and the muffin was warm... So perfect. I'll make these again for sure.


    March 16, 2014

    I am following The Daniel Plan diet for Lent. I have a huge sweet tooth and so I tried these tonight since I can have everything on the ingredient list. I used dark chocolate that I grated instead of chocolate chips. And I used GF oatmeal that I got at a health food store. They were very good. I had 2 tonight and plan on freezing them so I have something on hand when my sweet tooth comes out!


    March 20, 2014

    I have been getting on here to use this recipe for several years and finally looked at the comments for the first time. Figured I should leave one, especially since there are quite a few negative comments. Thanks so much for sharing- it is so fun when you try something on a whim, don't expect much, and then find out they are delicious. :-) I think these are great. So healthy, simple to make and easy. My favorite thing about them is that there is no sugar. I make these quite a bit- whenever I have too many bananas. I play with it a lot. I've added applesauce, used different things in them (I personally thought the chocolate was a little *too* sweet, guess I'm the odd one out!) I usually use craisins. Don't like to use nuts since I have babies/toddlers to feed. I always add a bit of oat flour...that might help the people who don't like the texture. Just a couple tablespoons...not too much. I usually add flax just because I like to throw in those omega 3's whenever I can. Thanks again!


    March 26, 2014

    Hi!! I ran across this recipe on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try. I made them yesterday morning. Here is my experience and thoughts about them: 1) Made 16 muffins and 20 minutes in the oven was perfect. 2) My 4 year old took a very small bite and wouldn't give it a fair chance. My 8 year old and our 11 year old neighbor loved them. 3) They were very dense and filling. The dense part...not my favorite, the filling part...great. 4) I made a couple of alterations to the recipe by adding 1/2 c. chocolate chips (instead of 3 T), 2 T. Whole Wheat Flour, 2 t. Wheat Germ, 1 t. ground flax. 5) In the future: a) I think they could be made as cookies as well as muffins b) I want to try turning the oats into oat flour to see if that will change the texture to something I like better. c) Try putting whole pieces of oats mixed with finely chopped pecans on top. c) Add cinnamon. I always think of cinnamon with bananas and oats. d) Remove chocolate chips and add apples and cinnamon. I will be playing around with these to see how I can vary them. Oh, fyi, I am on Weight Watchers and I put the recipe into the recipe builder to see the Point Value and they came out to be 3 Points each with my modifications. :)


    March 26, 2014

    Came across this recipe and was excited that I could satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling guilty of sabatoging my diet. Hubby and I made them together and just got done eating one a piece. Like the comments I read above, they did turn out bland. BUT we both agreed that the texture was perfect and one muffin was pretty filling - these would definitely make great options for breakfast on-the-go. Next time, I'm thinking about adding some vanilla protein powder to give the muffins the extra energy boost and potentially using some sort of sugar sweetener. In the meantime, honey was an excellent addition to cure the blandness. I split my muffin in half, drizzled honey and it was delish! Thanks for the recipe. :)


    March 29, 2014

    These were fantastic!! My husband has a little more of a sweet tooth so the last few minutes of baking I sprinkled a little Sugar in the Raw over the top and it have it a nice little sweetness to it!!! Can't wait to try others!!!!!


    April 3, 2014

    Guys! Guys! Guys! Hold on! Just throw the oats in your blender, make oat flour by a whiz on high speed for a minute, and then you won't have the collapsible muffin syndrom. And actually, if you remove the oats, and blend up all the remaining ingredients, this simpler recipe becomes even simpler! Just mix in the oat flour/baking powder gently after! DO IT :)


    April 13, 2014

    Made these the first time and they were extremely bland. The second time around I threw in a dash of salt to help bring out the flavor (I rarely trust any recipe without salt) and some craisins. Much better. Easy grab-and-go healthy breakfast and my husband likes them too. Thanks!


    April 22, 2014

    Love them. I added flax, cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and dried crannberries.


    April 28, 2014

    After preparing the mix I realized I had packed(we are moving) my muffin tins. So I baked these on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes and had yummy cookies instead of muffins. Thank you for creating this recipe.


    May 3, 2014

    I buy bananas every week just so they can get really really ripe and I can make these. They are fantastic. I also add a little flax chia seed mix to them. Everyone here raves about them. I don't find them bland at all.


    May 30, 2014

    Love these - followed the recipe exactly and they were perfect. Kids loved them, they froze great as well!


    June 8, 2014

    Just took these out of the oven and they are wonderful. I didn't change a thing about the recipe except I added about half the bag of chocolate chips oh and I added 1/4c ground flax. Everyone loves them. I think they make the perfect breakfast muffin :)


    June 14, 2014

    I suspected that the recipe was meant to say 1 teaspoon (tsp) Baking powder instead of 1 tablespoon, so I went with that, and they are great!! Just letting you know in case you want to edit the recipe.

    Sally Renna

    June 15, 2014

    I always use 1 tablespoon of baking powder and they come out great


    June 28, 2014

    I love the recipe! I added a little more chocolate, some maple sirup and some cranberries to the muffins. So delicious and great to freeze, too.


    July 5, 2014

    I subbed 1/3 cup white flour for 1/2 cup oatmeal to make the texture more what I used to. Added 1/4 cup toasted chopped unsweetened coconut and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. And one more tablespoon of mini-chocolate chips. They were plenty sweet and really yummy. I think once they sit for a day the almond and coconut flavors will come out even more. Next time I'll try them without the white flour. The original recipe is healthier and it's a great basic recipe to change up as shown by the tweaks in the comments.


    July 14, 2014

    I made these over the weekend. My family thought they were ok, but my co-workers loved them. So I will be passing on the recipe to them. Thanks.


    July 26, 2014

    Just made these today - but added half the bag of chocolate chips - and they were delicious. Great morning snack, pre-workout or post workout snack.


    July 31, 2014

    Just made these for breakfast this week, so easy and simple! Had to make a few substitutions but I cannot wait to try one in the morning - Definitely going to be sharing this one and saving it for my apartment this fall!


    September 20, 2014

    I made these last week and they were delicious. I've made them again today, only two changes, used apricots instead of bananas, put the oats in the blender for a few seconds (not turned to flour) just less coarse. Out of the oven and again they are delicious. Also, beat the eggs separately then add. Thanks for a great versatile recipe.


    October 12, 2014

    I just love this recipe, but I did make some alteration. I always use whatever tipe of oat I have on hand, usually a mix of rolled oats, oats and oat bran. Instead of two eggs I like to use 1 egg + 1 egg white and, because I have a sweet tooth, I add some stevia, especially if I use raisin instead of chocolate chips.


    October 18, 2014

    Hi! These look great! Could I use "quick cooking oats" possibly? That's what I have on hand... Anyone tried this?


      October 20, 2014

      Yes, quick oats should be fine! Have fun!

    Tasha D

    October 30, 2014

    I love these muffins! Trying to keep my weight down and go to culinary school isn't easy. But finding recipes like this one that use healthy ingredients and things I already have in the house is super helpful. Now I don't have to throw out old bananas and can use up the last of some random nuts or oats. Thanks for the great recipe!


    November 16, 2014

    I made these today and loved them. I used 1 cup of unsweetened Keefir instead of milk, blueberries rather than chocolate chips, added cinnamon to the batter, and sprinkled with coconut sugar. Delish!


    December 22, 2014

    We love these muffins. It has become our go to recipe for muffins. I often bring them to share. And usually need to share the recipe. We have tried different version too. Thanks for sharing.

    Patti Smith

    January 12, 2015

    I just made these, I used 1-1/2 cups applesauce instead of bananas, I added 1/4 cup brown sugar, coconut, crasins, sliced almonds and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. These are a little bland. To the second dozen I also added flax seed & chocolate chips. These had a bit more flavor. They definitely need sugar. I think these have a lot of potential. They aren't a muffin more like a breakfast bar. I will try cooking them as a bar next time. Make sure you press the batter before baking.


    January 21, 2015

    I keep hearing about banana-based bready/muffin-y things and I don't know why I haven't tried the idea out yet...may have to try these.

    Shelby McGibney

    January 24, 2015

    I loved these! On my first batch, I forgot to add eggs and they turned out better than the batch that I added eggs too (very easy to make vegan)! Also, added cinnamon to my third batch and they were delicious as well.


    January 27, 2015

    The bland comments make me wonder if they expected an actual muffin and or folks only follow recipes without adding to individual likes. I've been making these from your site for almost a year and love them as a healthy snack. I add a pinch of chocolate chips to the top (not in the batter), sometimes cranberries, roasted almonds or walnuts and then swirl them in with the end of a knife. Half the muffins, I add a dollop of strawberry jam. The add-ins are what make it! Very good and guests love them.


    January 27, 2015

    I just made my first batch that was slightly odd, ironically after my comment. The issue: I used all whole oats. Normally, I use half whole and half quick oats. I think it makes for a more cohesive muffins with it mixed. This one, while still good (and texture doesn't weird me out) seems more like a muffin of oatmeal instead of an oatmeal muffin.


    February 2, 2015

    This is my "Go To Base Breakfast Muffin Recipe". I change it all the time but it's my base recipe. I have altered with mashed or semi mashed apples, apples and bananas, blueberrries, craisins, chocolate chips, peanut butter, cinnamon. I also always add a pinch of salt. I've substituted any milk I have, cows, coconut, soy, even greek yogurt. I also have used all kinds of oatmeal, from steel cut to quick cook, organic and non. I have recently started making the oats into more of a flour by putting it in my Ninja first until it's a powder. Makes for a much better consistency. What it comes down to is I just use what ever I have handy and adjust accordingly to make it work.

    Janice Pinsent

    February 9, 2015

    I added in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup for added sweetness, with some shredded coconut, plus 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder for an added protein boost. They are awesome!! Afterwards I though of trying added bran or flax seed for extra fibre! Thanks for this wholesome breakfast on the go!


    February 11, 2015

    I added a bit more milk, strawberries, raisins, nutmeg, and cinnamon to mine. They turned out delicious!!


    February 26, 2015

    Just came across this recipe strolling through Pinterest, I'm going to try in the morning but will as one comment said use it as my base, and see what else I have in the cupboards to add, but I have some bananas that definitely need to be used, and I'm just not feeling like doing the whole banana bread thing this seems much simpler, glad I found it. I do wish I could have read more of the comments though I love reading through them, as I'm one who uses recipes as guidelines, except for certain ones like breads that need to be followed more exactly.


    March 7, 2015

    I make these often for a very quick and filling breakfast. I only had quick oats on hand so I used those. I've made them using blueberries and nuts as well. I do add a lot more chocolate chips than the recipe called for because I have a sweet tooth. My husband appreciates being able to grab a few for breakfast on the run!

    Momma gina

    March 19, 2015

    i made these for the first time and made a few modifications! I added cinnamon, applesauce (as I only had 1.5 ripe bananas),1tsp flax seeds, 1pinch chia seeds, coconut palm sugar 1tsp and rasins instead of cc!! They turned out delish and my kids liked them too!!


    March 24, 2015

    Added twice as much dark chocolate chips to satisfy the sweet tooth, 2 T Flaxseeds (in place of 2T oats), 1 egg only : replaced the 2nd egg with 1/4 cup Greek yogurt with an extra 1/2 t baking powder, and lastly 1/2 C Walnuts because who can have a muffin without heart healthy nuts!!!!!