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Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

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Olena Osipov
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Start your day off right with one (or two…maybe three) Healthy Oatmeal Muffins! Gluten free, refined sugar free, and dairy free this protein packed healthy muffin recipe is moist, delicious and tastes just like a baked bowl of oats!

Looking for more baked oatmeal goodies? Try my baked oatmeal bars, banana oatmeal bars, and healthy banana oatmeal cookies.

healthy oatmeal muffins with oats on top and a blue linen

These healthy oatmeal muffins are a convenient baked, pre-portioned way of eating your morning oatmeal!

They’re gluten free, dairy free, sweetened with maple syrup, and laced with the warm flavor of cinnamon. Try healthy carrot cake baked oatmeal, next!

Made with both rolled oats and oat flour, these muffins are kept nice and moist thanks to the addition of mashed bananas. These are the perfect high fiber, protein-packed, portable way to start your day!

Looking for more ways to use bananas in healthy muffins? Try almond flour banana muffins, zucchini banana muffins, whole wheat banana applesauce muffins, and chocolate chip banana muffins. Bananas are a great natural sweetener to replace sugar in healthier baked goods.

What Makes These Baked Oatmeal Cups Healthy?

  • Oats: Provide a ton of fiber as a gluten free whole grain and have antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals. Oats are also said to help regulate blood sugar, support a healthy gut with good bacteria, and improve digestion.
  • Bananas: They’re great for binding, texture, and taste. But they also deliver a ton of potassium among other benefits in these healthy oatmeal muffins.
  • Your choice of milk: Just like a regular bowl of oatmeal, choose what milk is right for you. Make it dairy free or not!
  • Hearty and satisfying: When something this filling and satiating is around to grab-n-go, you’ll find yourself snacking less and feeling less hungry overall.
  • Looking for something with more protein? Check out my banana oat protein muffins.
baked oatmeal cups in muffin liners topped with oats

Ingredients for Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

  • Bananas: Mashed bananas, the riper they are the sweeter they are. Overripe bananas are perfect for banana pancakes.
  • Milk: Keeping it dairy free, I like to use almond milk. You can use whichever milk you prefer!
  • Sweetener: Maple syrup and honey have different flavors but both add a delicious sweetness, pair well with bananas and cinnamon, and deliver nutritional benefits.
  • Oil: Any oil will work as an added fat to maintain moisture and texture.
  • Rolled oats: I like old-fashioned rolled oats for texture, especially when I keep some for sprinkling on top. It really does remind me of my morning bowl of oats! I go over oat types and their texture in healthy overnight oats.
  • Oat flour: The flour that creates the structure of these healthy oatmeal muffins. It’s mild in flavor and isn’t too heavy.
  • Baking staples: Vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, salt.

What bananas to use? Any soft ripe bananas will do! Avoid under ripe green skin ones and use ones that range in color from yellow to brown and spotty.

Bananas, maple syrup, oat flour, oats, oil, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and baking essentials.

How to Make Oat Flour

Oat flour is just ground up oats! Place your oats in a food processor or high-power blender and pulse away. You can make it as fine or as coarse as needed. 

How to Make Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 375F degrees and line your muffin tin with parchment paper liners. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Mash bananas: In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork or masher. You’ll find the riper and softer they are the easier they mash to a smoother consistency.
  • Add all ingredients except oats and flour: To the same bowl, add the milk, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk everything to combine well.
  • Hydrate the oats: To the muffin batter, add in the oats and the oat flour. Stir to mix well and allow the batter to sit for 10 minutes.

Why do we need the batter to rest? Hydrating the oats softens them up making them easier to chew and digest. We also want to give the batter time to activate its leavening agents to help with texture since we’re not using a traditional all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

  • Scoop and bake: Fill the muffin pan with equal amounts of batter in each prepared cup and sprinkle extra oats on top if you wish. Bake on the middle rack for 17 minutes.
  • Cool: Remove healthy oatmeal muffins from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Oatmeal Cup Flavor Variations

  • Applesauce: Swap the bananas for 1 cup applesauce and 2 Tbsp of maple syrup or honey.
  • Warming spices: Swap the cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, nutmeg, gingerbread, or even a chai spice mix.
  • Healthy add-ins: Keep these healthy oatmeal muffins tasting like your favorite bowl of oatmeal and add some hemp hearts, chia seeds, or flaked coconut on top!
  • Extra flavor: Chocolate chips or blueberries would be great in these.
  • Citrus zest: Try lemon zest with poppy seeds for a lemon poppyseed version or orange zest with cranberries (like I do in cranberry orange muffins)!
  • Decadent: Add in cacao powder and cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips. Next, make healthy oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips for dessert!
  • Add some nuts or dried fruit: Chopped walnuts, pecans, slivered almonds, raisins, cranberries, dried dates, gogi berries, or mangoes.
  • Nut butter: A small amount of peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter would taste great and add additional protein!

Tips for Best Results

  • Don’t skip the spray. Muffins that don’t have a lot of fat tend to stick to the liners more easily and spraying with non-stick cooking spray is a must!
  • Making homemade oat flour: Is both cost-effective and so easy. Buy oats in bulk and make flour anytime you need it. 
  • Any yellow bananas will do: There’s no need to wait for your bananas to get overly ripe. You can use dark yellow bananas, as long as you can mash ’em!

FAQs

Can I use quick oats instead of rolled oats?

For a different texture, you could try Instant Oats. Quick oats are softer and ready to absorb liquids quicker than old-fashioned oats, so you’ll find they have a different texture.

Can I use any other flour?


Try these healthy oatmeal muffins with 1 cup whole wheat flour as a substitute for the oat flour. Different flours have different properties so this may upset the ratio of wet to dry ingredients.

I haven’t made these with anything else but the oat flour because when I do decide to make muffins with whole wheat flour, I usually make healthy banana oatmeal muffins or any of my other whole grain muffins!

What is the texture of these baked oatmeal cups?

They may remind you of baked oatmeal if you’ve ever made that. Almost cake-like, a bit denser and heartier than a regular muffin. They’re moist but not as light and fluffy.

Can I make these into oatmeal bars?

Though I haven’t tested this, I don’t see why they couldn’t easily be made into bars too!

Spread the batter into a 9-inch pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown all over. Allow them a chance to firm up in the fridge. Again, this hasn’t been tested yet, but let me know if you decide to try it out. You might want to try healthy carrot cake baked oatmeal instead!

How to Serve Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins?

I love baking muffins as a way to meal prep not only breakfasts but for healthy snacks, too. Then, when they’re done, I grab a large bowl or basket and place them on the counter for everyone to grab throughout the day!

How to Store Leftovers?

Store: Healthy oatmeal muffins are best kept in an airtight glass container in a cool dry place for up to 4 days. You could also keep them in the fridge for about 1 week.

Freeze: Make 2 batches and freeze an entire batch for later! They freeze well for up to 3 months so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy them.

More Healthy Breakfasts to Try

Healthy oatmeal muffin in a wrapper, blue napkin and a glass of milk.
Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

Start your day off right with one (or two…maybe three) Healthy Oatmeal Muffins! Gluten free, refined sugar free, and dairy free these protein packed muffins are moist, delicious and taste just like a baked bowl of oats!
4.78 from 9 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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 or a masher. Add milk, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk well to combine.
  • Add oats and oat flour, stir to mix and let batter sit for 10 minutes for oats to hydrate.
  • Using large ice cream scoop, fill 12 openings with batter and garnish with more oats, if desired. Bake on a middle rack for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let muffins cool for 5 minutes and enjoy.

Store: Store in a glass airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 – 4 days or in a fridge for up to a week.

    Freeze: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

      Notes

      • Bananas can be yellow and not over ripen. Or you can use 1 cup applesauce + 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey instead of bananas.
      • Make your own oat flour: Grind about 1 2/3 – 2 cups of oats in a food processor or high speed blender until it resembles oat flour texture and then measure out 1 1/3 cups.
      • Quick (instant) oats: I am sure you can use instant oats, the texture of muffins will be slightly different.
      See recipe post for more tips and FAQs.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 234mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g

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      1. 3 stars
        The recipe made 12 medium sized muffins. They were just a bit sweet (good for breakfast but not dessert) and quick and easy to make. I substituted oat flour for spelt. They could’ve used a bit of nuts or chocolate chips for an extra crunch. Also, I lost half of each muffin on the paper liner (I waited 5 minutes which helped a bit but not enough). Besides for those two points, I thought this was made a great muffin.

        1. Thank you for the review! If you use parchment paper liners muffins will not stick. I always spray my muffin liners too to prevent sticking, hope that helps!

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