In my quest to live a healthier lifestyle I've been trying hard to find a good, quick, easy breakfast. As a mom of two kids Love-A-Lot, who is in kindergarten now and Funshine who has just turned 2, it's not always easy to pick the healthy choice. We walk to school each morning and have exactly 25 minutes to eat breakfast and get out the door to make it to school on time. I found this recipe. There is nothing wrong with the original (although I wouldn't refer to them as muffins), but I wanted it to be healthier for me so I changed quite a bit. Here is my result:
|Don't they look yummy?!|
Preheat your oven to 375* and lets get started! Get a large bowl:
Peel 3 bananas and toss them in the bowl. Mash them up. You can use a fork or whatever floats your boat. I prefer to have my banana mush smooth so I used my hand mixer! Love that thing!
You'll also need the following:
|1 CUP of Almond Milk|
|1/3 CUP of Egg Whites|
|1 TBSP Baking Powder|
|3 CUPS Rolled Oats|
|1/4 CUP Craisins|
|1/2 CUP Applesauce|
|1 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice|
|1/4 CUP Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips|
Grease a mini muffin tin and spoon out the oatmeal mixture. I used a little scoop (for cookies and what not) it is the perfect size for the mini muffin tin.
Fill the cups right up. Some of mine vary in size due to the craisins and chocolate chips, but try to make them as even as possible. I got 34 servings from this recipe.
Bake at 375* for 15 - 20 minutes. Check them after 10 since oven times vary. Mine is gas and tends to cook faster then others. Also if you use a regular or jumbo tin, then adjust the cooking times accordingly.
To check for doneness poke the top of the Bites with your finger you want them firm not squishy. Also look for a little bit of browning on the top.
Let them cool in the pan for a minute or two and transfer them to an air tight container to cool the rest of the way. I generally make these during naptime or in the evening so once they are finished cooling put the lid on and store them in the fridge!
You don't have to have the "fancy" things, you can absolutely use regular milk and two eggs, but that will change the calories depending on what you use. Also if you don't like craisins or **GASP** chocolate omit or replace them. Pumpkin Pie Spice is kinda my thing, if you don't like it you can use cinnamon or another spice combination.
Make these, they are great, easy, and so very yummy! You will wonder how you ever got by without eating Banana Craisin Chocolate Oatmeal Bites!!!