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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins are the answer to your boring, basic breakfast prayers. Perfectly moist, and full of slightly sweet flavor, these muffins will start your day off right! Add in your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips or walnuts for an extra special treat!

Pair these muffins with a rich Mango Banana Smoothie for breakfast. Or treat yourself to an after dinner Dark Chocolate Coffee alongside fresh Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

Banana oatmeal muffins on a wire rack.

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Bake up a batch of mouth watering Banana Oatmeal Muffins for breakfast, a midday snack, or dessert! The ripe bananas are really the key in making these muffins so moist and fluffy.

Cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla mix together with the sweetness of the banana and the heartiness of the oatmeal to bring about a muffin that is not only a great out the door breakfast option, but works for dessert too! Make multiple batches for a potluck, party, or bake sale, and wow the crowds.

Chocolate chips, walnuts, caramel bites, and even a dash of allspice will take these muffins to the next level. The recipe makes 18 muffins, so try not to eat them all yourself… But we won’t judge if you do.

How to Make Banana Oatmeal Muffins

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F, and line two muffin pans with 18 muffin liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Then add the oats and milk. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a third, large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  5. Add half the oat mixture and half of the flour mixture, beating between additions. Continue until all the dry ingredients are added into the large mixing bowl.
  6. Fill each muffin liner ½ – ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 15 -18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Serve fresh from the oven and enjoy.
Collage showing how to make banana oatmeal muffins.

Tips and Variations 

  • Add chocolate chips or nuts into the muffins for surprise flavor and texture.
  • Try adding a touch of maple syrup to the batter for a natural sweetener.
  • Top with additional rolled oats for a from-the-bakery looking treat.
  • Use very ripe bananas. This recipe is great for a quick use of bananas that are just about to go bad but you feel bad tossing.
  • Steel cut oatmeal will not work for this recipe as it won’t cook right in the batter.
Banana oatmeal muffin with a bite taken out

Can quick oats be used in banana oatmeal muffins?

It’s best to used rolled oats (old fashioned oats) for these muffins. Quick oats are designed to cook fast and absorb a lot of moisture. The rolled oats absorb moisture more slowly allowing the muffins to bake properly and have a softer texture.

Are banana oatmeal muffins healthy?

“Healthy” is different for everyone and varies depending on lifestyle and diet. These muffins do contain oats and bananas which can be considered healthy, but they also contain flour, butter, and sugar which may be considered unhealthy depending on which diet lifestyle you follow.

Can you use granulated sugar in place of brown sugar?

Yes, granulated sugar will work in place of brown sugar. The color, texture, and taste of the muffins will change slightly.

Storage and Reheating 

Room Temperature: Leftover Banana Oatmeal Muffins can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to three days.

Refrigerator: Banana Oatmeal Muffins store well in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Freezer: These muffins are also perfect for freezing! Store in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.

Reheating: No need to reheat these muffins, but if you were so inclined, a few seconds in the microwave will do the trick!

To thaw from frozen, place the muffins in the refrigerator overnight then heat for a few seconds in the microwave to warm.

Close up of a banana oatmeal muffin.

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Yield: 18 Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Banana Oatmeal Muffins are the answer to your boring, basic breakfast prayers. Perfectly moist, and full of slightly sweet flavor, these muffins will start your day off right! Add in your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips or walnuts for an extra special treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F, and line two muffin pans with 18 muffin liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas. Then add the oats and milk. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined.
  5. Add half the oat mixture and half of the flour mixture, beating between additions. Continue until all the dry ingredients are added.
  6. Fill each muffin liner ½ - ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 15 -18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Serve warm. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 muffin. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Ovens and pans cook differently, so begin checking the muffins around 14-15 minutes. Adjust the bake time accordingly.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 257mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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