Friday, June 6, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins

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My son has recently become obsessed with helping me bake and cook.  He is not even two and we have started calling him "Little Chef".  He walks into the kitchen saying "Cook, Cook, Cook".  He then pulls over one of the chairs from the kitchen table to the counter and goes in the pantry and pulls out the flour.  Clearly it is in his blood and I could not be happier for him to share this interest with me.  I was not planning on baking the day we made these muffins, but my little guy really wanted to make something.  I checked to see what ingredients we had on hand and we just so happened to have everything for these.  I am not a fan of banana but everybody else, especially my son, loved them.  I served them at the Mother's Day Brunch I hosted for my mom and Step-mom and they really were a nice, unplanned, addition.

Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins
recipe modified from allrecipes.com

makes 12 standard muffins or 36-48 mini muffins

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup chocolate chips (dusted in flour to prevent sinking)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat the egg lightly.  Stir in the mashed banana and combine thoroughly.  Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips.  Divide batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.  Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until lightly golden.