Thursday, January 5, 2012

Breakfast Pick-Me-Up

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oatmeal Streusel - No eggs or butter!

always trying to think of something that is quick and easy to grab in the morning for the bf - he never even has the time before work in the morning to toast a bagel or pour a bowl of cereal. I've baked him bars and oatmeal squares and various morning pastries - these are a perfect, healthy pick-me up for breakfast or a mid-morning snack. The oats and whole wheat combined with the banana will help keep you full and the aromatic blend of vanilla and orange zest.... yummm!


    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
    • 3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk (or use almond milk!)
    • 1/2 cup applesauce (or one container if you have the individual packs)
    • 3 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • orange zest from one orange
    • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, if you like them!
    • Streusel Topping:
  • 6 tablespoons regular oats
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened (if you are vegan and trying to avoid butter completely, use 1 TBS agave or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • To prepare the muffins, lightly spoon 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine banana and next 4 ingredients (through zest) in a bowl; stir well. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened; fold in walnuts if you're using them. Place 12 muffin cup liners in muffin cups. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups.
  • To prepare streusel, combine oats and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Blend with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle streusel over batter. Bake at 375° for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

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