Health(ier) Banana Oat Muffins | The Keenan Crew Kitchen

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If you’ve had the chance to follow along the past couple of weeks you already know that last week marked the reintroduction of my weekly meal plans into my regular posts.  It has been So. Much Fun!

Thank you for all of the downloads, comments, and positive feedback.  Meal planning is an essential part of our routine and takes the guess-work and A LOT of headache out of the meal times in our day.  The only goal for publishing the Keenan Crew meal plans are to make your life a little easier, too.

With the reintroduction to these plans comes the sharing of some of our favorite family recipes.  I hope to get 1-2 out to you each week.  Let’s start with one of our Favorites!

healthy banana muffins

Health(ier) Banana Oat Muffins

Ok.  So, if we are being entirely honest with ourselves nothing that has bananas in it can be totally “healthy.”  At least, that’s the belief in our home.  But, if choosing between made from scratch foods from home and store-bought, packaged with all types of chemicals type of food- It is safe to say that I will ALWAYS choose made-at-home, know-what-is-in-the-recipe foods.  And, boy does my crew LOVE these muffins!  I typically make two batches every time I make these muffins.  I seal and freeze half of them, quickly hiding them from the little hands that will devour each muffin they can snatch from the counter-top.  This is no exaggeration.

Why We Love These Muffins

They are easy to make with ingredients that most families have on-hand.
When sealed correctly, they freeze well for a later date- (time saver in a pinch)
They are 100% Keenan Kid Approved- Even the youngest and pickiest of my crew asks for these amazing muffins by name
These babies are Oil Free, Low in Sugar, and are just over 95 calories per muffin
Flexibility- add these Muffins to a special family breakfast, as an appetizer for a celebratory lunch, or simply serve as a mid-morning snack

Cooking with Children

When cooking or baking with my children, I always gather everything we will need to complete the recipe before we begin.  This helps my children (and, me for that matter) organize and simplify the process before we have busy hands and messy measuring cups.  It also allows the little children an unhurried way to participate in our family cooking time.  We use cooking as an elective in our homeschooling routine.   Giving time to make certain we have not missed an ingredient or measure the appropriate amount of the ingredients before we need something in the immediate is a great way to bolster confidence in the kitchen and build children that can think creatively when preparing foods.

One other topic I like to touch on when talking about cooking with kiddos is giving them some freedom to “do” on their own.  Depending on the age of your child, some will certainly need more assistance.  But, others may just need verbal guidance and an extra towel for cleaning up spills. Allowing children the room to explore measuring, pouring, liquids, powders, solids, mixing, and cleaning up a mess is a huge teaching tool…and, sometimes a patience building experience for everyone.  So, take a deep breath.  And, have some fun.

What You Will Need

  • muffin pan(s)
  • muffin/cupcake liners
  • cooking spray
  • 3 bananas*
  • 1 cup of quick oats
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (we use whole wheat flour, but white works too!)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , melted

*The bananas will need to be mashed.  Very, very ripe (like, turning black on the outside) works best.  They are most sweet tasting and will mash best.

Let’s Make These Puppies!

1.  Line a standard muffin pan with paper muffin liners then spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  Mash bananas in a mixing bowl. Add egg, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and flour and stir well to combine.
3.  Add in melted butter. We use a hand-mixer on a low setting only until ingredients are fully mixed.  Over mixing can create a batter that is rubbery- ack!
4.  Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes.
5.  Toothpick Test the muffins before turning off your oven.  Stick a toothpick into the center of a muffin, then pull it out.  If the toothpick comes out clean, they are done!  If not, add a couple of minutes to your cooking time.
6.  Once cooking is complete, remove the muffins from the pan and allow to completely cool before storing.
Makes 12 Muffins

Storage

Several years ago our family invested in a seal-o-meal.  And, man!  Has it been a lifesaver…I mean, food-saver.  Ha!
We store and freeze the majority of foods we prepare in glass mason jars or reusable eco-friendly bags, sealed by our food saver.  This method will keep foods fresh for weeks, if not months.  It prevent freezer burn and has saved us a bit of money in wasted foods.

Happy Baking!

With Grit & Grace~
Sarah Keenan

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