Sunday, July 20, 2014

Healthy Banana Nut Oat Muffins

I'd like to say first off that I absolutely LOVE muffins. From home baked to Tim Hortons to Starbucks, they are my fav. But the main problem is the way they are usually made. When you get muffins from most coffee shops or bakeries, they are loaded with butter, oil, sodium and sugar. I know this because I once looked up the nutrition for a muffin from Tim Hortons and was shocked. It has more calories, fat, carbs, sugar and cholesterol than a McDonalds Cheeseburger. See below....

Nutrition Comparison

Banana Nut Muffin (Tim Hortons)
Calories: 390
Fat: 18g
Carbs: 52g
Sugar: 27g
Cholesterol: 35g

Cheeseburger (McDonalds)
Calories: 300
Fat: 12g
Carbs: 33g
Sugar: 7g
Cholesterol: 35g

Since we have been trying to eat healthy and cut down on the processed and "fast food", I decided to try to make some healthy muffins. I have made a few but these ones were the best! They used no butter, oil, salt or sugar. They came out with a great consistency and tasted amazing. Not too sweet but just enough to fill that never ending muffin craving. 


1 cup Rolled Oats (not quick oats)
1.5 cups Oat flour
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (not sweetened)
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts or almond slivers)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp Chia seeds or Flax seeds (optional)
1 tbsp vanilla
2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small)
Handful of nuts to sprinkle on top of each muffin


- Preheat oven to 350F degrees
- Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray
- If you don't have oat flour, place oats in the food processor for about 10 seconds until they are a flour consistency
- Pour into a large bowl with dry ingredients (choc chips, nuts, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda)
- In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients (yogurt, eggs, honey, Chia, vanilla, mashed bananas)
- Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix with a spoon
- Pour into muffin tin about 3/4 for each muffin - should make 12 muffins
- Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of each one
- Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
- Let cool on wire rack 


Someone on the original blog post below, calculated the calories to be about 130 per muffin.
Recipe adapted from: 


  1. Totally awesome, as are many of the wonderful recipes we have enjoyed the past many weeks! Don't stop here!

  2. just sitting down to taste these muffins. as usual this mid- morning snack is delicious!