Can anyone tell that I got a new camera? Bueller? Bueller? Is that a no? Well, that’s ok. I can and I’m thrilled about it! I bought my old camera during my last year of college and it was the best investment I ever made.
New cameras are serious business. I researched all the cameras and lenses out there, compared prices, added cameras to my cart, deleted them from my cart, and after months of deliberation and saving up, finally pulled the trigger. Then I obsessively hit refresh on my UPS tracking code until it arrived and opened the door to greet my new camera with first date-like butterflies in my stomach.
Did I make the right decision? What if it doesn’t feel right? What if I should have gone with a Canon this time? I was all nervous when I opened the boxes and Cookie was, like, whatever lady, you get a lot of boxes in the mail.
I finally pieced together the camera and snapped a photo of my four-legged muse. My new camera focuses so fast and fits so nicely in my hand. I definitely made the right decision. My only question now is, why didn’t I buy one sooner?
My new camera and I are still getting acquainted. I haven’t found the best settings or figured out all the fancy-pants features (anyone want video?) just yet. We’ll get there. Photographing these banana muffins was a learning experience.
These muffins are a derivative of my super popular banana bread and pumpkin muffin recipes. They’re fluffy, whole grain, naturally sweetened, downright healthy banana muffins that are also totally delicious. The recipe calls for basic ingredients and you can mix them all together in one bowl.
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 2 eggs, preferably at room temperature
- 1 cup packed mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
- 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
- 1 teaspoon turbinado (raw) sugar or other granulated sugar, for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius). If necessary, grease 11 cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray (my pan is non-stick and didn’t require any grease).
- In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil and maple syrup or honey together with a whisk. Add eggs and beat well. Mix in the mashed bananas and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon.
- Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
- Divide the batter evenly between the 11 muffin cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats (about 1 tablespoon), followed by a light sprinkling of sugar (about 1 teaspoon). Bake muffins for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
- Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. Enjoy muffins as is or with a spread of nut butter or regular butter.
Storage suggestions: These muffins will keep at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. They keep well in the freezer in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months (just defrost individual muffins as needed).
Make it egg free: I'm confident that these muffins will turn out well with flax eggs!
Make it vegan: Substitute flax eggs for regular eggs, use dairy-free milk like almond milk and use maple syrup instead of honey.
Make it gluten free: Bob's Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose blend works well instead of the whole wheat flour.
Make it nut free: Use a nut-free milk.
Change it up: You could really go crazy with add-ins here! Fold in mini dark chocolate chips, chopped dried cranberries or crystallized ginger and/or chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts. You could top them with my maple glaze from my pumpkin scones recipe if you want to make them more decadent!
Serving suggestions: These muffins would be fantastic with homemade pecan butter or coconut butter.
If you love this recipe: You'll also love my banana oat pancakes, vegan banana scones, banana chocolate chip cookies, banana coconut muffins and healthy banana bread.