Oatmeal Banana Flax Muffins

This afternoon I felt inspired to get a jump start on dinner. Okay, fine. I knew I’d probably feel lazy later this evening and better get crackin’ earlier rather than later if I wanted a quality dinner. At least I know how I operate!

I had two large chicken breasts in the fridge that I figured I could parlay into a yummy crock pot meal.

A comment on Courtney’s blog by Corey linked to a recipe on her blog for slow cooker spicy buffalo chicken sandwiches and I was immediately sold.

Though I am a big fan of my own pulled buffalo chicken sandwiches, I wanted to try something new and Corey’s recipe seemed like a winner.

Her recipe called for sautéing veggies and chicken in a skillet before putting them in the crock pot, but I detest dishes, so I put everything in the crock pot at once. (I omitted the red pepper because I didn’t have one on hand.)

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After cooking for about five hours on low, we had spicy buffalo chicken, ready for eatin’!

It was really good! Ryan and I both liked it and agreed we would definitely make it again, though I must say that if I was really in the mood for traditional buffalo chicken flavor like I imagine it (think buffalo wings!), I’d stick to my pulled buffalo chicken.

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We served our chicken over steamed broccoli with a side of muffins!

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The muffins we ate were homemade oatmeal banana flax muffins that I made yesterday as part of my latest freelance assignment. Packed with whole grains, oats, healthy fat and banana, they are moist, wholesome and totally delicious.

Oatmeal Banana Flax Muffins (Makes 6 muffins)

Ingredients:

  • ¾ c. whole wheat flour
  • ½ c. old fashioned oats
  • ¼ c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 ½ tbsp. canola oil
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 small banana, mashed
  • ½ c. milk

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with six paper muffin cups
  • Combine whole wheat flour, oats, brown sugar, flax seeds, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  • In a separate bowl, mix together egg white, oil, vanilla, banana and milk
  • Gradually mix flour mixture into egg mixture until batter is combined
  • Divide the batter into the six muffin cups
  • Bake for 15 – 18 minutes

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I think they’d make a great breakfast on the go.

And speaking of which… See ya tomorrow for breakfast! Smile

Comments

  1. gadabout says

    oh my gosh your dinner looks so good! i’ve always only used the crockpot for meals in the winter- i really need to change this… thanks for posting!

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  2. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn says

    I love that these are almost vegan! Banana and flax are my two fave ingredients in ANYTHING.

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    • says

      I have a great recipe for vegan muffins Katelyn, I make them all the time and give my neighbor a batch every time I make them too!

      2 ripe bananas, mashed
      1.5 c water
      .5 c sugar
      2 cup whole wheat flour
      1 cup oats
      2 tsp baking powder
      .5 c coconut
      1 tbsp cinammon

      Combine, bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes. I will warn you though, they go moldy in about 1 week, so freeze what you wont eat right away!

      If you are looking for vegan recipe, I have a few on my blog (dailymaiermusings.blogspot.com), just click the recipe tab on the right!

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  3. says

    Old bananas were staring at me today. I had an oatmeal banana loaf recipe I spotted on another blog and since I have a lot of bananas, I might be able to make these too + coconut flakes because I love the texture of coconut flakes in muffins.

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  4. says

    Looks like it turned out great! I love your idea of serving it over broccoli! That would make for an awesome low calorie, delish meal! I do agree that my recipe does turn out to be a sweet-tangy flavor….. so I can’t wait to give yours a try! Thanks again for the shout out in your post!
    XO

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  5. says

    MAN oh MAN! The name of those muffins alone had me totally hooked! I’ve got some bananas turning brown on me and I think I know EXACTLY what I’m going to do with them now 🙂

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  6. says

    Two things to note:

    1) After seeing your pulled bbq chicken, I am salivating at the thought of visiting 4 Rivers Smokehouse. It’s been a while 😀
    2) I bake-tested a similar muffin recipe, how cool is that! 😀

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  7. Lisa says

    Just starting my fitness/style blog! So exciting. I love following your blog!

    Funny story: I was studying abroad in Florence while you were traveling in Italy! We were in the same town – millions of miles from the US. What are the odds? Seriously…

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  8. Lindsay says

    I have a lovely banana bread recipe similar to these muffins:

    1 1/4 cups whole grain flour + sprinkle of baking yeast
    1 cup raw sugar
    1/2 cup cream cheese or vegan substitute
    1/4 cup protein powder of choice
    1 tbsp baking powder
    1 tbsp cinnamon
    salt + vanilla to taste
    3 mushed bananas

    Warm the cream cheese and stir in the dry ingredients. Stir in eggs, then mix in the mashed bananas (lumps are okay). 350 for 60-70 minutes.

    The cream cheese makes banana bread extra moist- that’s the Hawaiian secret! 🙂

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  9. says

    Mmmm they look delicious! I’ll have to make them myself sometime!

    Random question… When you run with Sadie, do you wrap the leash around your waist or hold it in your hand? Haven’t figured out what works best with Zeke yet.

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  10. says

    I have been craving buffalo chicken like this and am so excited you shared this! Adding this to my food list for next week!

    Those muffins look awesome too 🙂

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  11. Courtney @ Girl In The Pink says

    Looks like a yummy recipe! I love baking with flax – I use it an egg replacer when I’m on a vegan kick and sprinkle it over pretty much everything for some omegas! 🙂

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  12. says

    I just made the BEST muffins from HEABs website! Almond butter banana nut muffins. Ohhh boy they were unreal… these look kind of similar 🙂 LOVE muffins

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  13. Laura says

    yum, yum, yummy!!!!! i am dying to make muffins! Do you think almond milk would work in place of regular milk? How about whole wheat pastry flour instead of just plain whole wheat flour? I’m not sure if there’s a difference, but just checking!!! I can’t wait to try these out!!! 😀

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  14. says

    I make a banana loaf which is almost the same recipe except I think it involves some flaxseed and applesauce action instead of the canola oil! It’s so delicious but i won’t lie, everything tastes better miniature (ie in muffin form)

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  15. Amanda Jewell @ Science&Bananas says

    i love me some healthy, on-the-go muffins!

    muffins that don’t give you muffin tops > muffins that do 🙂

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  16. Yolie @ Practising Wellness says

    Oooh, man, the picture of the muffin with melted butter looks ah-mazing 😛 xyx

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  17. Sarah says

    Even with no sugar and olive oil instead of canola, these muffins were great! I can always count on you to have awesome fool proof recipes!

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  18. Eden says

    I just found your website today and was scrolling through, came across this recipe! I love Banana’s and I love muffins! I had to make them this afternoon! Can I just say… YUM! I calculated the calories from the brands of ingredients I used and only 200 calories! Even better 😀
    x

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  19. says

    Do you suggest anything to sub for the brown sugar? I’m trying to eat low sugar….but I know that it’s hard to sub things for brown sugar in baking! Thanks!

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    • Candice Wolf says

      organic agave nectar is a newer sub the amber can be for brown sugar, has a low glycemic index and is suitable for vegan diets also

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        • Candice Wolf says

          The bottle I bought said 2/3 cup agave nectar= 1 cup brown sugar
          and also reduce other liquids by 1/4 cup.
          For this recipe I used 2 1/2 tbs and omitted the milk. My husband loved them and he hates everything I make that is even remotely healthy

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  20. Natasha says

    DELICIOUS muffins! Thanks so much for the recipe, it is a hit with the entire family; I always get 8 muffins out of this recipe and I add some raisins, blueberries, or whatever we feel like that day …. sometimes even a few chocolate chips 😉 Thanks again! 🙂

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  21. tina says

    These are in the oven now!! I had to use chia seeds instead of flax so I made some modifications to the recipe. I am so excited to eat one!!

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