Every once in a while I get a hankering to experiment with a muffin idea.
Sure, I could just use one of the million tried-and-true muffin recipes out there, but where's the fun in that?
I'd much rather get creative and push the envelope to make something new, with foods I actually want the kids and I to eat. Who needs processed white flour when you can use oats and almonds!
Honestly, I just enjoy the experimenting process. It make me happy, and even happier when my kids like the results.
I was shocked at how good these came out. They weren't traditional, but they were tasty with a hearty muffin texture.
I really enjoyed them plain but the first batch I made yesterday didn't come out sweet enough for the 7-year-old. I made them again today, adding in some mini-chips, which ended up melting into the batter.
The 2-year-old liked them both ways. He didn't care as he munched them from the bottom up.
Just for fun I used a mix of honey, molasses and maple syrup to sweeten them. I thought it would add an interesting flavor, and it did. If you are missing one of the three, just double up on another. Again, I'm not giving you the world's most perfect muffin recipe. This is just another idea to get good stuff into you and the kids. 🙂
Here's what I did….
- 1 ¼ cups old-fashioned oats (100g)
- ¼ cup almonds (35g)¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (20g)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp honey (21g)
- 1 tbsp 100% maple syrup (20g)
- 1 tbsp molasses (20g)
- 1 egg
- ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt (114g)
- 28g mini chocolate chips
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Process the oats, almonds, cocoa powder and salt to make a "flour."
If you have almond meal and oat flour you should be able to use the same gram equivalents but I haven't tried it yet.
In a separate bowl, mash the banana and whisk it with the vanilla, honey, molasses, maple syrup, egg, and yogurt.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Sift the dry ingredients into the wet.
This will help eliminate the chunks that form from the oils in the almonds.
Add the baking soda and baking powder and mix until just combined.
Evenly distribute in a 6-cup muffin tin.
Allow the Ninjago ninjas to inspect.
Bake for 18 minutes.
Set up Ninja guardians. 🙂
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|200||7g||4g||old: 4||new: 5|