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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

Last week I spent a few days with my friend Emma, an amazing cook, kid wrangler, dog herder, blogger, and cookbook author. I was lucky enough to get a copy of her book Whining and Dining, which I can barely wait to cook my way through as the recipes all sound so yummy. These muffins were a perfect solution to the bananas falling out of my freezer, and Kevin loved them tucked into his lunchbox. Not too sweet, but still chocolaty, they make a great snack.

Adapted from Whining and Dining

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (3-4 bananas)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
large flake oats, for garnish

Pre-heat oven to 350 F, and either grease a muffin tin with butter or line cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and melted butter. Add the eggs one at a time, continuing to whisk, until well mixed. Stir in the oats, banana, buttermilk, and vanilla. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a third at a time, folding in gently after each addition until just barely combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon batter into muffin cups and if you want, top with a sprinkle of large flake oats. Bake the muffins for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the muffin tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 12.
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