Banana oatmeal muffins with blueberries 

March 12, 2015 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Baking happened yesterday! It took a while, but it happened. Two things went well. First, the baby had a nap by himself in his crib for half an hour. This is unprecedented. Usually we need to be moving (stroller, carrier, car seat, exercise ball) or cuddling for him to nap. The miracle nap gave me time to mix dry ingredients and thaw some bananas. I’ve also figured out that I can put his vibrating chair in the kitchen. Much more productive than gazing admiringly at him in the living room. Add in a few minutes hanging out with daddy, and voila, we have muffins!

This recipe is adapted from my oldest cookbook. I’ve written about Muffin Mania before in another banana-themed post. It’s an awesome book. Working my way through most of the recipes in this book as a teenager was one of the ways I learned how to cook. And, as you can see from the photo below, it’s also where I learned about the importance of tinkering with recipes to make them my own. 



Also, huge news on the cooking front: I am now the proud owner of a deep freeze. Best birthday gift ever (thanks mom and dad!). It even came with a big box of frozen blueberries, which were the inspiration for yesterday’s bake-a-thon. 

Oh, the possibilities. I am so excited about the prospect of freezing fresh fruits and veggies to my heart’s content this spring and summer. And about cooking more muffins and some big batches of soup to have on hand for easy meals on those days where the miracle nap is nowhere in sight. 

Banana oatmeal muffins with blueberries

Makes 14-18 muffins

1-1/2 cups oatmeal 

1-1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

5 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup margarine, melted

2 flax “eggs” 

2 teaspoons vanilla

2-1/2 cups mashed banana (5-6 bananas)

1 cup blueberries

Combine dry ingredient in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in another bowl and gently fold into dry mixture. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake at 375F for 20 minutes. 

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