Sunday, September 22, 2013

banana pear & oatmeal muffins


These muffins are a great morning treat or snack, as they are packed with fruit and rolled oats!  The grated pears and banana help keep the muffins moist so you don't have to use very much oil, and the natural sweetness of the fruits allows you to cut down on the use of refined sugar.  Madi (my one year old) loves these and gobbles them right up.

what you need:
*best if everything is at room temperature
**makes 24 medium sized muffins
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (I used 1 min quick cooking rolled oats)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large bananas, mashed well
  • 1-2 pears (to get 1/2 cup grated pear)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
what to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Combine flours, rolled oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and 1/4 cup sugar together in a bowl. Stir to combine. 
  3. In a mixer (or with electric hand beaters), beat eggs and 2 tbsp sugar until light and airy, about 2 minutes.  Add milk, oil, grated pear, and mashed bananas.  Add dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated (do not overmix or muffins will be dense).
  4. Line 2 muffin tins with medium cups.  Fill with batter and then bake for 10 min, or until very lightly golden on top and toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Remove and cool when ready to handle on cooling rack.  Once at room temperature, store in air tight container.  Enjoy!

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