January 14, 2013

Oatmeal Muffins, and living with less sugar

My daughter in law gave me this recipe.  She suggests having one of these for breakfast with a hard boiled egg.  I agree.  These are very delicious and a healthy alternative to the sugary, almost cupcake like muffins, that are served a lot.

3 mashed bananas
1 cup low fat milk (can use almond milk if there is a good sale)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 cup oats - quick or old fashioned
1 teaspoon vanilla
Fresh or frozen blueberries

Mix together, except the blueberries.  For the muffin cups, I line muffin tins with paper liners but you can grease the muffin cups if you don't have the paper liners.  Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.  Then top the batter with some blueberries - I topped each muffin with 5 large blueberries.  

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.  These muffins are very dense as they don't have added flour nor oil, shortening or butter.  The bananas sweeten them just right, at least for me, and I like a dense a muffin for breakfast.  If you find that you need these to be a little sweeter, you could sprinkle a very small smidgen of some sugar (raw or granulated) on top or a little honey after baking.  Also, you can add a little cinnamon to the batter.

I am finding that as I change our diet to one with less sugar, I need some time for my "taste buds" to adjust. I am giving this time.  Our diets are so laden with sugar that I think we forget what real food, such as the taste of oats, is really like.  But in saying that, I still plan to bake good ole fashioned cookies.  Instead of having 3 dozen on hand from a recipe, I will hold back 6 and give the rest to our friends and neighbors as a gift of hospitality.  

I will still have a treat that may have a lot of fat and sugar in it, but it will be 1 treat and I won't sit down and eat several.  


Debs said...

I just got these in the oven... :)

Martha said...

These are not very sweet, but they are filling. I love the blueberries on top. Also, when I eat one of these I find that they "stick" with me longer than what I was having for a snack. I just feel better knowing that these are healthy. Enjoy

Debs said...

I've not made baked oatmeal yet (though I keep meaning to try it), but I would say that these would be like individual portions of that! I think they'll be great for me and the kids

Anonymous said...

yum yum,these were an easy and lovely make. Thank you. Babs

Abbie said...

I made these, and liked them! I guess I thought the banana would add more sweetness than it did, because the first bite was a surprise...I just expected a sweeter taste, but I adjusted quickly and really liked it. I only had buttermilk so I used that and the muffins did not have a buttermilk taste. Thanks for the recipe! Next time I make them, I am going to add some dried cranberries for flavor (instead of the blueberries, and some chopped nuts for texture.