Monday, July 31, 2017

Banana Cookie Butter Oatmeal Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Banana Cookie Butter Oatmeal Muffins for #MuffinMonday

These whole grain banana oatmeal muffins are sweetened with cookie butter. Add cocoa powder if you'd like an even richer treat!

photo of a plate of banana cookie butter oatmeal muffins

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You know "those cookies you get on airplanes"? The sweet, crumbly type in the fiddly little red & white wrapper? That's how my mom described Biscoff cookies the other day, as she was offering snacks during our car trip. This description rang true for me, as I've only eaten Biscoff cookies while fighting for command of the arm rest with a complete stranger and trying to quietly read with my knees practically in my chest due to the ever decreasing leg room. Apparently the FAA is gonna get involved with that. I'm not holding my breath. Instead, I'll just grab my pantry staple jar of Cookie Butter and make a batch of muffins for Muffin Monday.

pic of banana cookie butter oatmeal muffins on a plate with a mug of tea

I've made these muffins 2 ways--both with and without cocoa powder in the mix. I prefer them with the cocoa powder--both the deep color and the rich flavor of the muffin hit all the notes I like in a muffin. You can see the different versions in the photos above and below this paragraph. As is my custom, these muffins aren't as sweet as your usual bakery muffin. I cut back on the sugar even more since I was boosting up the sweetness with cookie butter.

photo of miniature muffins on a plate, made with bananas, oatmeal, and cookie butter

What do you do if you can't find Biscoff cookie butter in your grocery store? (Hint--I find it over near the bakery in my local Kroger, never on a shelf by the peanut butter which is where my organizational heart thinks it belongs.) Trader Joes makes their own brand of cookie butter which is perfect for this application. You can also order some from Amazon, I'll throw up some links below the recipe. This post is not sponsored by the Biscoff or Trader Joe's folks. Just sharing what I've used to make my muffins.

Did you know that when you've got ripe bananas and no time to eat them, you can just toss the bunch into the freezer? When you've got time, simply break off a stem and let it sit on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes to soften enough to peel. No need to peel and wrap in plastic or a baggie--nature provides you with the perfect wrapper for freezing. For more recipes using ripe bananas, please see my Banana Recipes Collection. It's 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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close up image of banana cocoa cookie butter oatmeal muffins on a plate

Note: start this recipe at least 1 hour (preferably overnight if that's easier for you) before you wish to bake the muffins.

a plate of banana oatmeal cookie butter muffins

These whole grain banana oatmeal muffins are sweetened with cookie butter. Add cocoa powder if you'd like an even richer treat!

Muffin Monday

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  1. I keep meaning to try your method of soaking the oats in buttermilk before using them to make muffin batter, Kirsten. Seriously, every time you do it (which is a lot) I think, Yes! I will do this next time. And then I forget. I just happen to have a jar of cookie spread in the cupboard though so perhaps I will finally do it this time. Your muffins looks perfect!

  2. I have never tried cookie butter. I'm going to have to check the bakery section at my Kroger.

  3. I love cookie butter! I've also found it at World Market, along with the actual Biscoff cookies. These sound amazing. P.S. Stacy wanted me to remind you about the hashtag =)

  4. I've never actually had cookie butter. I think I need to rectify that or at least apply for my leg room on a plane. I know if my 5'2 self is cramped, everybody is cramped.

  5. I just happen to have all the ingredients for these banana muffins,and they look so good- I'm making them!