So Good, So Sweet, So Healthy
Makes about 15 Muffins
1 1/3 C. Smashed Ripe Bananas (About 3 Large)
2/3 C. Applesauce *see note below.
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg (For Vegan Option, substitute 1 1/2 Tbsp. flax seed soaked for 5 mins in 4 tbsp. of water. )
1/2 C. Honey (Substitute 1/2 C. Agave Nectar for Vegan Option)
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 C. Quick Oats
1/2 C. Oat Bran
1/2 C. All Purpose Flour
1/2 C. Whole Wheat Flour (For Gluten Free Option, use 1 c. oat flour, instead of the 1/2 c. all purpose and 1/2 c. wheat flour. I like the gluten free version even better than the regular version!)
2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Salt
Goodies! (I like to use 1/2 c. of raisins and 1/2 c. of walnuts, but you can also use chocolate chips, dried blueberries or other tasty things)
I know this is a lot of ingredients, but I'm kind of in love with this recipe. Also, I just happen to always have all of the ingredients on hand, hopefully you will too! To simplify, you can just use 1 c. all purpose flour and 1 c. quick oats if you want.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the wet ingredients in one large bowl and all the dry in another (except for the goodies). Mix the wet ingredients well and slowly stir in the dry. Fold in the goodies. Spoon into a greased muffin pan (use ghee if you've got it! Well, unless you're vegan, then use olive oil. Yum!) Bake until golden brown. Let the muffins cool for about 5 minutes then remove them from the pan and cool on a cooling rack. Let them cool until you won't burn your mouth and then enjoy!
* Applesauce note: Make your own! It is so, so much yummier!!! I like to make a really big batch and can it, so that I can snack on it for weeks and so I always have some on hand for this recipe (which I have been making about every other week). I use the recipe from Canning for a New Generation, which is so simple and easy. It's a beautiful book and I really recommend it, especially if you want to get into canning and you don't want to do it using loads of sugar and salt or other weird ingredients. If you just want to make a small batch for this recipe, peel and core 2 large apples and cut into one inch cubes. Add 1/4 c. of water and simmer until the apples begin to breakdown. Smash with a spoon, fork or potato masher, adding water if you need to and continuing to cook until your apples look like applesauce.