Weekends are meant to unwind. Slow down and take a moment to enjoy the little things around you. Smell the sweet fall air, admire the beauty of the fall leaves, sip your morning coffee without checking emails. It’s the time that you can just sit still. It’s also the time that I take the time to cook. Gone is the hustle and bustle of the week, the weekends are for (slow) home cooked meals. After a particularly busy and difficult week, I was more than happy to de-stress in the kitchen. And so, a batch of banana crumble muffins was born.
There is something comforting about baking with bananas. I’m not sure what it is, but it always makes me feel extra cozy (but then again it could be the chunky sweater I slip on before devouring my treat). I combined two recipes to create these delicious oatmeal banana crumble muffins. I wanted to keep them fairly healthy while still satisfying my sweet tooth. Needless to say, they were a sweet success!
Oatmeal Banana Crumble Muffins
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed banana
For the crumble
1/3 brown sugar
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/8 teaspoon brown cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
Start by combining flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
Next, in a large bowl, beat the egg lightly, and stir in almond milk, apple sauce and vanilla. Add the mashed banana and stir until perfectly combined.
Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir until just combined (over-mixing could result in harder muffins). Line a muffin tin with paper liner (or use cooking spray to prevent them from sticking), and divide the mixture evenly.
For the crumble, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut it 1 tablespoon of butter until the mixture ressembles a corse meal. Sprinkle evenly on each muffin.
Pop these babies into a 400-degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes and voilà! Warm, banana-y, crumbly goodness! Enjoy with your morning coffee and great company!
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