Chocolate Covered Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Today is snow day #3.  Well, not really snow, cold.  The wind chill has been lower than -15 and that’s just not safe to have kids waiting for the bus and walking to school.  I’m enjoying the extra time with Little Bug and her friend, K.  Since K doesn’t have school, there’s no day care either and she comes to our house to play.  Nothing like two 4-year olds to make the house look like a tornado hit!

A friend from work posted a recipe for chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal.  I had to check it out.  While it looked delicious, it was a few more calories than I like to eat for breakfast.  Clicking around, I found this recipe.  It was the inspiration for what I made below.  I didn’t think to take any pictures of the process but I managed to get one before I scarfed a muffin down.

Chocolate Covered Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

5 cups old fashioned oats (400 grams)

4 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (176 grams – may vary depending on your brand/type)

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (56 grams)

3 tbs cocoa powder

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups well-mashed extremely ripe bananas (600 grams – I had a bit more)

2 2/3 cups water

2 1/2 tsp vanilla

3 tbs coconut oil, melted (35 grams)

3 tbs agave syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener

Preheat oven to 380 degrees.  Line 32 muffin cups and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients (oatmeal, protein powder, salt, cocoa powder and chocolate chips).  In a large bowl, mash bananas until there are no more lumps.  Add the remaining ingredients to the banana bowl.  Mix well.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.  Scoop mixture into lined muffin cups.  Bake 21 minutes until edges are slightly browned and they smell good.

They have a slight banana flavor but it isn’t overpowering.  The chocolate is just right.  These are so good warm!

I used my #20 cookie scoop to assure even sized muffins.  If you wanted a slightly smaller muffin, use a #24 scoop.  You’d get 34 or 36 muffins instead of 32.

Made as I have, they come out to 108 calories each with 3 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein.  Add some fresh fruit and you have a great breakfast!

Optional:

nuts, seeds, wheat germ, dried fruit, cocoa powder, more chocolate chips

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