Monday, August 31, 2015

Carrot Oat Banana Chunk Muffins - #MuffinMonday

Muffin Monday
Have you seen the Muffin Man
The Muffin Man, the Muffin Man?
Have you seen the Muffin Man 
Who lives on Drury Lane?

That song has been stuck in my head since Stacy invited us to join her for Muffin Monday. Stacy has been baking muffins weekly for the last THREE years. I may or may not have gone through 150 of her Muffin Monday posts. (Definitely went through them and you should too.) I love muffins! For some odd reason, I dislike baking cupcakes but love baking muffins. I'd try to explain it but it's one of those "Kelly things" that gets me the "nod and smile" from friends while they pat me on the head and quickly change the subject. While I love muffins, I don't bake them very often. I usually bake them for my favourite toddler but I don't see him often enough. This affects both my muffin baking and overall happiness. But with Muffin Mondays happening the last Monday of every month, my cupcake pans will be seeing more action.

I'm starting off Muffin Mondays with a pretty simple muffin - oats + carrots + diced bananas. Bananas are always a go-to muffin ingredient for me but I didn't want the bananas all through the muffin. I thought I'd try something different and dice them. I liked having little banana surprises in my muffin and may have eaten 6 muffins just so I could "hunt for them". (Definitely ate 6 muffins yesterday.) I first baked the oats + carrot version of this for my little toddler friend some months ago. They were a bit bland to me. Maybe it's because I used a different sugar from the original recipe. Or maybe it needed the dried fruit that I skipped. Who knows. But I knew that this time I needed to double the sugar. Great decision. They are far from sweet - definitely not cupcake territory. Next time I will also increase the spices.  Some ginger would have been wonderful.

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Carrot Oat Banana Chunk Muffins
Recipe by: Kelly   Adapted from: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars
Yield: 12 small muffins

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup milk 
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
3/4 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup diced bananas


Pour the oats, milk, and vinegar into a large bowl. Let sit at room temperature for an hour.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a muffin tin or line a 12-cup muffin pan
Whisk the egg, oil and sugar into the oat mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 
Carefully fold the dry mixture into the wet ingredients. Then gently fold in the carrots and banana pieces.
Don't over mix!

Divide batter equally among the 12 muffin wells.
Bake for ~ 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes in the pan then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Be gentle! Don't over-mix. If you've watched Good Eats, I'm sure you have heard Alton Brown shout "Walk away!". Just give the batter no more than 10 gentle stirs and walk away. Don't let the lumps bother you.
  • "Walk away!"  

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  1. Do you know how close you are with that number?! Maybe you really did go through them all and count. :) I love your muffins with the little chunks of banana, Kelly. Bet they add even more sweetness to the carrot oat combo.

    And, hey, don't let your friends make you feel weird for not liking to bake cupcakes while still liking to bake muffins. They are completely different animals that have nothing to do with the amount of sugar. Muffins are quick mix, as you know - Walk away! - and cupcakes are cake batter that start with the tedious creaming of butter and sugar. No contest in my book!

  2. Sounds like you have the recipe all figured out for next time and I have yet to meet a muffin I didn't like.

  3. Okay, now that song is going to go through my head for days! =) I'm with you on cupcakes. I can't frost them to make them pretty to save my soul. Great post!

  4. Haha!! I get the pat on the head, nod smile and change the subject about food topics way too often. :) These sound wonderful!