I talked last week about some of the things I use in place of all purpose flour in my baked goods and one of the ingredients I sometimes use is oats. I have often replaced part of my flour with ground oats, but have never swapped it out completely. I decided it was time to try making muffins only using oatmeal – no flour at all. While the result probably won’t be winning any beauty contests, they are darn delicious, packed full of that traditional banana bread flavor (and the amazing scent you get while they bake).
If you buy gluten free oats, then you have an easy gluten free banana muffin recipe that even gluten eaters will enjoy. The best part about these is that they are made with simple ingredients – nothing fancy, no trips to specialty grocery stores, no strange things you haven’t heard of. Keeping it simple here people.
I started with the Greek Yogurt Banana Bread recipe from The Shiksa In The Kitchen and changed it up some. I am sure her original recipe would be delish, and I will probably try it sometime soon. But for now, let’s make a flour free version.
I started by running my old fashioned oats through my food processor. I’ve purchased oat flour in the past and it’s great, but it’s cheaper to make your own, and I almost always have oats on hand. I put three cups of oats into the food processor and this resulted in about 2 1/3 cups of ground oats (just slightly more than the recipe calls for). I then poured out my oats and ran my bananas through the food processor. I’m not fond of the texture of bananas, so the food processor is always the way I go.
The other ingredients in these include Greek yogurt, bananas, applesauce, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and chocolate chips. You could always leave out the chocolate chips or use nuts in their place. Do what works for you! Truth be told, I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. The batter looked exactly like oatmeal ready to be cooked. For breakfast. In a bowl. With a spoon. Not so much like bread.
While they didn’t rise very much (my daughter told me if I made them in chocolate, they would look like hockey pucks) they tasted great. So they aren’t pretty, but they have that delicious banana bread flavor with a bit more hearty of a texture. The texture reminds me a bit of steel cut oatmeal – hearty and chewy. A few seconds in the microwave this morning and these were an awesome start to my morning. Am I the only one who thinks that breakfast is the consolation prize for having to get out of bed?
This recipe made 24 muffins. Like most of my muffins, I am storing mine in the fridge and freezer. They are so easy for a quick breakfast or to toss into my daughter’s backpack for her snack at school. And she doesn’t even realize that she’s practically eating a bowl of oatmeal for her snack. Woohoo! If you would like some other muffin recipes, make sure to check out my collection of made over muffins.