Monday, January 29, 2018

Blueberry Banana Muffins with Steel Cut Oats #MuffinMonday

Blueberry Banana Muffins with Steel Cut Oats #MuffinMonday

Bananas and blueberries are the sweet fruit and steel cut oats are the hearty grains packed into a healthy breakfast treat to power you thru until lunchtime. These muffins contain whole fat dairy instead of oil.


image of a plate of blueberry banana muffins with steel cut oats


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I think I'm more fond of baking with bananas than eating them fresh. There's a small window of banana perfection for me--I prefer mine just barely ripe with a bit of green on the stem. Once the bunch of bananas has moved on to full ripeness I'm more likely to make a Banana PB and Spinach Smoothie, or Banana Blender Waffles, or a Ham & Banana Pizza. Or muffins!


photo of a plate of banana blueberry muffins made with steel cut oats


It's easy to store ripe bananas in the freezer--just open the door and slip them inside! There's no need to remove the skin and store in a different container, since the banana skin is the perfect covering for the banana no matter what the outer environment is like. That's better for the environment as well. Bananas take just a few minutes to thaw on the counter (put them on a plate if you think they'll get weepy) and they are ready to use in all sorts of baked goods. I made a video about how to deal with overripe bananas, another in my Cooking Hacks series. Please enjoy!




The inspiration for these muffins came, as it often does, from the contents of my refrigerator. In addition to ripe bananas I also had fresh blueberries, although frozen ones would work just fine in this recipe. No need to thaw the blueberries before adding to the batter. I'd love to tell you that I chose to omit the oil, relying instead on the full fat whole milk buttermilk and yogurt, but in fact I just spaced as I was assembling the ingredients. I'm on autopilot in the mornings while making muffins most days. Nevertheless, these chewy gems were well received by my kids and coworkers alike.

For more recipes using bananas, please see my Banana Recipes Collection. For more recipes using blueberries, please see my Blueberry Recipes Collection. These collections are part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me eating from the farm share, the farmer's market, the garden, the neighbor's garden, and great deals on ugly produce at the grocery store.

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photo of ingredients used to make blueberry banana muffins with steel cut oats


Plate of blueberry banana muffins with steel cut oats



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Bananas and blueberries are the sweet fruit and steel cut oats are the hearty grains that are packed into a healthy breakfast treat to power you thru until lunchtime. These muffins contain whole fat dairy instead of oil.

5 comments:

  1. Great idea, soaking the oats overnight so you don't have to cook them first.

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  2. And here I always peeled and put my bananas in a Ziploc bag before freezing. I like your version way better.

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  3. I'm with you on bananas, although a few slices in a fruit salad are fine. These muffins sound delicious. I have some steel cut oats that need a recipe!

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  4. Your "spacing out" made me laugh, Kirsten! I've turned around a couple of times over the years once I've put something in the oven, only to discover a left-out ingredient. Fortunately both full fat dairy and mashed bananas are wonderful replacements for butter and oil. Great muffins!

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  5. I love the texture I am seeing on these muffins!

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