Healthy Banana Oatmeal Muffins are made with whole grains, yogurt and natural sweetener. They’re soft, moist and perfect for snacking on the go!
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You won’t believe how scrumptious healthy banana oatmeal muffins are! These healthy muffins are made with sweet ripe bananas, Greek yogurt, rolled oats, and whole wheat flour keeping them nice and fluffy.
Although naturally sweetened, you could add some chocolate chips.
There is so much to love about these healthy banana muffins with oats! Easy to make in one bowl, plus the combination of whole grain ingredients deliver fiber, potassium, protein, and healthy fats to keep you full longer.
Ingredients for Healthy Banana Oatmeal Muffins
To make healthy banana oatmeal muffins recipe you will need just a few simple ingredients.
- Bananas: Overripe bananas or yellow bananas with many dark spots. Previously frozen bananas that have been thawed are okay to.
- Oats: Use rolled oats or quick oats. Quick oats are meant to absorb liquid faster than rolled oats which means they are thinner and softer. When used in muffins they are much finer and less noticeable once the banana oat muffins are done.
- Whole wheat flour: Or spelt flour. You could also try white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour.
- Egg: Used for binding and it also adds moisture. To make muffins egg free, try chia egg or flax egg instead.
- Greek yogurt: Use at least 2% fat yogurt for moist banana muffins, but 0% yogurt works if that is all you have. Regular yogurt works as well.
- Liquid sweetener: Maple syrup, honey or agave. If you’re going to use a different sweetener, just make sure it’s liquid.
- Oil: Any mild oil like avocado oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil or light olive oil is OK.
- Baking staples: Cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
How to Make Healthy Banana Oatmeal Muffins
Here is a quick overview how to make healthy banana oatmeal muffins in one bowl. Full recipe card is located below.
- Mash bananas: In a large bowl, mash bananas using a fork or a masher.
- Add liquid ingredients and leavening agents: Add in the egg, yogurt, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk everything to combine.
- Gently stir in the flour and oats: Be sure not to overmix. Let muffin batter sit for a few minutes so that the flour can be absorbed by the surrounding liquids.
- Fill muffin tin: Use an ice cream scoop to fill each muffin cup to about 3/4 full. If you’d like, you can add a few extra oat flakes on top of each muffin.
- Bake: Place the muffin pan on the middle rack and bake healthy banana oatmeal muffins for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Tips for Best Results
Here are a few tips from my kitchen to yours for the best healthy banana oatmeal muffins.
- Do not overmix the batter. When you mix vigorously, gluten will over activate making your banana oat muffins rubbery and tough.
- To make bananas ripen faster: Place a few ripened bananas or apples with unripened ones in a brown bag. Close tightly and wait 1-2 days. Or bake on a baking sheet at 300 F for 30-40 minutes.
- Do not over bake: Remove muffins from the oven as soon as toothpick comes out clean to avoid dry muffins. Muffins keep cooking with residual heat.
- Chocolate chips: Add up to 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips or even white chocolate chips.
- Blueberries: Up to 1 cup of fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries like I do in these healthy blueberry banana muffins.
- Raisins: Along with any other dried fruit such as dried cranberries, currants, and chopped dates.
- Nuts: Add more healthy fats and protein to these healthy banana oatmeal muffins and add in chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds.
- Mini muffins: Using a mini muffin tin, bake for 11-12 minutes. Do the toothpick check and go from there.
How to Store and Reheat
To store: You can keep these healthy banana oatmeal muffins at room temperature in a cool dry place for 2-3 days. Transfer them to the fridge for another 3 days after that.
To freeze: These muffins freeze well in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter for a few hours or in the fridge overnight.
Reheat in the oven at 350 F until warmed through, about 5-10 minutes.
You could use 1:1 all-purpose gluten free flour instead of whole wheat flour and add a splash of milk. Or you can just make my healthy oatmeal muffins which use oat flour, bananas and oats as well.
You can try to use 1 cup of white flour for every 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour that recipe calls for.
Yes. Use sweetened applesauce or unsweetened applesauce instead of yogurt at 1:1 ratio.
You can make healthy banana oat muffins dairy free if you swap the Greek yogurt for a dairy free yogurt. The end result might be slightly different both in flavor and texture.
More Healthy Muffins to Try
- Almond flour banana muffins
- Healthy banana chocolate chip muffins
- Healthy banana zucchini muffins
- Banana carrot muffins
- Banana protein muffins
- Banana pumpkin muffins
- Healthy blueberry banana muffins
More Oatmeal Recipes to Try
Healthy Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- 3 large ripe with brown spots bananas 1 1/2 cups mashed
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 2%+ fat
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
- 3 tbsp olive, avocado or coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
- 1 cup rolled or quick oats +more for topping
- Cooking spray I use Misto
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, line 12 muffin tin with parchment paper liners and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add bananas and mash with a fork. Add the egg, yogurt, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk to well combine.
- Add flour and oats, gently stir until well incorporated but do not overmix. Let batter sit for a few minutes to absorb the flour.
- Using an ice cream scoop, fill each opening of a muffin tin 3/4 full and add a few extra flakes of oats and cinnamon on top (optional). Bake on a middle rack for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes and enjoy!
- Store: Covered in a cool dry place for 2 days. Then refrigerate in an airtight container for another 3 days.
- Freeze: Freeze for up to 3 months.
- Flour. Do not use almond flour or coconut flour. White whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour may work.
- Liquid sweetener: Not dry sweetener like sugar please. You have to keep dry to wet ingredients ratio.
- Yogurt: You can use 0% yogurt, however muffins will be less moist. Regular (not Greek) yogurt will work as well, so will sweetened or unsweetened applesauce.