While my Banana Oatmeal breakfast muffins have taken off on Pinterest over the past two years, reaching almost 800,000 pins (crazy I know), my Pumpkin protein muffins have always been my personal favorite. Today I decided to take the best of both worlds and create a new muffin recipe combining these two favorites. I'm pretty sure that right here, and right now, I have created THE PERFECT MUFFIN, free of refined sugar and flour. Make these and see for yourself.
Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Inspired,
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats (use GF oats for this recipe for GF diet)
1 cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Dash of nutmeg
2 TBSP ground flaxseed
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional but recommended)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with muffin liners. If you use liners, make sure to spray the liners with a bit of non-stick cooking spray as well, as these muffins tend to stick a tad bit.
Place the oats in the food processor and process for about 20 seconds. Add remaining ingredients (minus the chocolate chips if using) to the food processor.
Process until everything is mixed together, about 30 seconds.
After processed,at this point, you can add in approximately 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips to the batter before placing batter into muffin cups. I highly recommend this step :-)
Divide batter among liners, about 2/3 the way full and bake for 18-20 minutes.
Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes, then remove from the muffin pan and continue to cool.
Muffins can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two and then placed in the refrigerator or put into a freezer bag and frozen for snack time on a later day. (I do love snack time.......)
This recipe yields about 15 muffins.