Exactly…nobody. Which is why it’s so sad that a lot of muffins are total calorie bombs that are terrible for you. Luckily, there are muffin recipes out there that are delicious and nutritious…like the one below.
I found the original recipe here and made some slight tweaks (Greek yogurt instead of regular; raw milk; coconut oil instead of vegetable) to make it even healthier.
As specified on the Half Baked site, you will need the following to make 12 muffins:
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup yogurt, plain low fat
1/2 cup milk, low fat
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil, sunflower or vegetable oil
2 bananas, large, ripe, mashed
1 egg, large, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Here’s a shot of the cast of characters:
The first thing I always do when I make a batch of these muffins is grind my oatmeal for the oat flour. I like the old-fashioned oats, as they are less processed than the quick-cooking kind and therefore healthier.
I toss a few handfuls of oats into my mini food processor and grind them until it looks like flour. I repeat those steps until I have enough oat flour for a batch.
Once that step is complete, I preheat my oven to 400º F and combine rolled oats, Greek yogurt, and milk in a bowl to soak for 10 minutes.
In a separate bowl, I combine my freshly-ground oat flour, salt, spices, baking powder and baking soda.
To the soaked oat/milk/yogurt mixture, I then add the brown sugar, egg, and banana.
Next, the dry ingredients team up with the wet ones to make the batter.
Mix well until all the dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
I then spray the life out of my muffin pan (or you can use paper liners), and fill the cups. Most recipes say to only fill 2/3 full, but since these don’t seem to rise much (is it my oven? Is it me?!), I always fill them nearly to the brim like so:
Bake in a 400º F oven for 20 minutes.
The finished product is so moist and hearty…add a glass of milk and a piece of fruit and you have yourself a great grab-and-go breakfast!
What’s your favorite muffin? Have you found a healthy recipe for making them? Do tell!