Foodie Fridays - Banana Oatmeal Muffins

(This is a recipe I submitted to the newspaper around August - Hope you enjoy!)

It’s that time of year. School has begun. New clothes have been purchased, the perfect pair of shoes found, and just the right backpack. And now the morning hustle and bustle begins daily. I’ve been trying to do some meal planning and thinking about what I’m going to pack my girl for lunch now that she’s moved up to in her words to, “big girl school.” I’m also trying to plan some quick grab and go breakfasts that are healthy and will give her energy and keep her full until lunch. One thing she for sure loves is muffins. Muffins are a perfect grab and go breakfast and since these include just a little sugar your little one will not crash an hour later and the oats will keep them full. They only take a few minutes to whip together and baking time is around 25 minutes. So for a few dollars and about an hour you’ll have some scrumptious homemade muffins for breakfast before school and honestly before work. Hope you enjoy!

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

½ cup light brown sugar
1 cup self rising flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 to 3 ripe bananas
⅓ cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup chocolate chips or
⅓ cup chopped pecans or walnuts or
⅓ cup raisins

Mash bananas and then combine with eggs, oil, vanilla, and brown sugar. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt and then combine with wet ingredients and mix until flour is completely incorporated. Last fold in oatmeal and an optional ingredient if you choose. Bake in a well greased muffin pan for 20 to 25 minutes until brown or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Makes around 12 muffins.  


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