I love muffins, but I don’t love the huge, high-calorie coffee shop and supermarket versions filled with refined carbohydrates and not much else in the way of nutrition. I bake a batch of these simple, no-added sugar oatmeal cups on the weekends to have as part of breakfast or for snacks all week long. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Why are these “muffins” better than most? In addition to having no added sugar, they use oatmeal, a more nutritious, whole grain, instead of white flour, and offer heart-healthy fat. Bananas and raisins supply vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Walnuts add even more heart-healthy fat, as well as fiber, and protein, too.
No Added Sugar Banana Raisin Oatmeal Cups
Makes 16 servings.
3 cups oats, uncooked
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
3 ripe medium bananas, mashed well
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. (I find this works better than lining the pan with paper liners because the muffins tend to stick to the paper.)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined. Whisk in the milk.
Pour the banana mixture into the oats mixture. Add the raisins. Stir well to combine. The batter has a lot of liquid in it, so don’t worry if it looks soupy.
Fill the muffin cups nearly to the top with batter (a scant 1/4-cup full).
Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack for 5 minutes, with the muffins still in the pan. Remove the muffins from the pan and allow them to cool on the wire rack. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
Per serving (made without walnuts): Calories: 145, Carbohydrate: 21 grams, Fiber: 2 grams, Protein: 4 grams, Fat: 6 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Cholesterol: 28 milligrams, Sodium: 157 milligrams, Calcium: 80 milligrams.
Per serving (made with walnuts): Calories: 169, Carbohydrate: 22 grams, Fiber: 3 grams, Protein: 5 grams, Fat: 8 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Cholesterol: 28 milligrams, Sodium: 157 milligrams, Calcium: 90 milligrams.