Spring is here! Well, at least it was. It’s been nonstop gloom and rain the past few days, but over the weekend the weather was BEAUTIFUL in Connecticut. Ryan channeled the sunshine last Saturday and made some banana chocolate chip oatmeal muffins while I studied for an oral histology exam. He also bought me daffodils, what a man — muffins AND yellow flowers?! I’m a lucky gal.

And the muffins were delicious too! Ryan and I don’t like nuts or raisins getting in the way of our chocolate, so when I saw this recipe on Multiply Delicious, I shared it with Ry and knew he’d be interested. Especially because she claims it’s healthy — riiiiight. I kept telling myself that as I snacked on them throughout the weekend…

Ryan went for the mini chocolate chips for this recipe — I don’t think he had much meaning behind it, but I liked how the chocolate ended up being more spread out rather than concentrated in larger chips. The more chocolate in each bite the better if you ask me!

We made a loaf of banana bread along with the 12 muffins. I don’t have a go-to banana bread recipe, but this one might be a contender. It’s really moist, has a great banana flavor, and of course is chock-full of chocolate chips.

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins/Bread
Recipe adapted from Multiply Delicious

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 3 medium)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray one 9×5 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and line muffin tin with 12 liners
– In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt
– In a medium bowl, mix together buttermilk, eggs, butter, and bananas. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until well combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
– Pour batter into prepared pans and bake the muffins for about 20 to 25 minutes and the bread for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean

Hope everyone is enjoying the start of spring!!

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11 Responses to “Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins”

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    Mara — March 23, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    good work ryan!

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    Heather — March 24, 2010 @ 1:50 am

    Hi Erica!
    Happy Spring and I’m so glad you liked the recipe. And yes healthy….I like to think these are too. Way to go Ryan for making these for you and the beautiful flowers. Take care and thanks again!
    Heather from Multiply Delicious

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    withoutamicrowave — March 24, 2010 @ 2:40 am

    Aw, so sweet! These look yum…maybe I’ll make some muffins this weekend. Now if only I could get someone to bring me daffodils…

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    Andre Nievo — March 24, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    As I really love making muffins I must say that this will be surely on my list to look forward to.

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    Maria — March 24, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

    I love how springy these look! YUM!

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    taylor (greens and chocolate) — March 25, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

    I love banana muffins…especially with chocolate chips! I am definitely going to give this recipe a try!

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    oneordinaryday — March 25, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

    I’ve been making a banana mocha muffin from the book Baked that I really liked. You just can’t beat starting your day with a good muffin!! : )

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    Lori — April 1, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    Looks great and thanks for sharing! How much oats did you use? I didn’t see that in the recipe. Thank you!

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    Erica — April 9, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    Lori, sorry for forgetting the amount of oats — 1 cup! Hopefully you got it from Multiply Delicious’s site after seeing it wasn’t mine at first!

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    Adrianna — April 12, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    The shot with the daffodils and muffins is absolutely beautiful. I love that they’re super cheap and look amazing.

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    Erica — April 12, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    Thanks Adrianna! Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers — my boyfriend’s definitely lucky they’re so cheap! I hope that doesn’t mean I have cheap taste, haha….

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