Healthier Banana Bread Oatmeal Muffins

My Healthier Banana Bread Oatmeal Muffins make a great breakfast or perfect snack any time of the day.

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Banana bread is always a favorite around here! I know many of you love it too! So, being that it’s January is National Oatmeal Month it just made sense to try and add some heart healthy oatmeal to my banana bread. Whole grains are always a good thing. If you’re not a fan of oatmeal in your food, please keep reading I explain in a bit how to make these muffins with or without oatmeal.

I have to be honest, I knew I wanted to use oatmeal because oats are all natural, heart healthy and pretty darn yummy, but I also wanted to make something any kid would be happy to pick up and eat in the morning with a glass of cold milk or orange juice!

The goal was to make a healthier banana bread muffin that was appealing enough that any kid would want to enjoy one. Goal accomplished, my kids loved these, I hope yours do too!

Never underestimate the power of a few sprinkles!

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Only 2 tablespoons of sprinkles were used to make 24 muffins. My Healthier Banana Bread Oatmeal Muffins have just enough sprinkles to draw some interest!

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Yes, I did also add some mini chocolate chips to my muffins as well. Mini chocolate chips go a lot farther in muffins, 1/2 a cup is all you need for just the right amount!

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For my Healthier Banana Bread Oatmeal Muffins I added 1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats. These are regular all natural, quick cooking old fashioned oats right off the shelf from Target. If you want fewer oats in your muffins simply reduce the oats to 1 cup.

Or, if you’re really not a fan of oatmeal you can skip the oats all together and the banana bread muffins will still turn out great. You decide what works best for you. :)

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Healthier Banana Bread  Oatmeal Muffins

Directions:                                                                                                  2015-01-21-4256

1 box yellow cake mix

2 large eggs

1/2 cup milk, any kind will do

about 3 mashed ripe bananas (doesn’t have to be exact)

1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

2 tablespoons sprinkles, any variety

Ingredients:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 muffin trays (24 muffin cups) with cooking spray, or use paper muffin cups to line muffin trays.

2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and milk. Add bananas, beat on medium for about 2 minutes. Stir in mini chocolate chips.

3. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full with batter. Top muffins with 2 tablespoons of rainbow sprinkles, or any sprinkle you prefer.

4. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until done. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from muffin pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 24 Muffins  

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