Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Honey, bananas, and Greek yogurt are great healthy recipe substitutions. The recipe has all plus the low fat, high fiber quick oats. Throw in a little flax seed which is currently being researched to prevent breast cancer. You might be surprised to learn this recipe is actually pretty good. I would totally make it again.

Banana Oatmeal MuffinsBanana Oatmeal Muffins from Pinterest
2 ½ c. oats
1 c. low-fat Greek yogurt
2 eggs
½ c. honey
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 T. flax seed
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ripe bananas

Food process oats to a finer consistency. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. Pour into 12 muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Notes:

  • I halved the recipe and it still made 9 muffins.
  • I substituted low-fat vanilla yogurt because it was what I had on hand.
  • I added some frozen berries to a few muffins. Feel free to mix chocolate chips or nuts into yours. The plain muffins were also good.
  • I didn’t have any flax seed so I made it without.

Zucchini for Dessert

While making cookbooks for my family as Christmas gifts, I ran across this recipe from my aunt Irene in the Chicken Show/125th Anniversary for City of Wayne Cookbook. My aunt was on the planning committee for this cookbook as the Assistant Director for the Wayne Area Economic Development and member of The Chicken Show planning committee.

Irene is also domestic goddess. Not only can she cook but she can also knit/crochet/sew. My newest amazing gift from her is a pair of fingerless gloves. But as I child I remember my uncle Ed making me a doll cradle and my aunt Irene making me my Raggedy Ann & Andy Dolls. Homemade gifts from talented people are wonderful at any age.

I cooked this cake earlier this week and shared with my co-workers. One of my co-workers is doing Weight Watchers so we plugged it in to figure out the points. Each slice is 6 points. I’m sure if you substituted applesauce or yogurt for oil, used egg substitute, switched to whole wheat flour, or used a sugar substitute like Stevia, you could make it a little healthier. The cake was very moist with a more Mexican flavor using the cinnamon and cocoa. Would probably be a great side for my chili recipe.

Chocolate Zucchini CakeChocolate Zucchini Cake by Irene Fletcher
1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. oil
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sour milk (1/2 T. lemon juice and 1/2 c. milk)
2 1/2 c. flour
4 T. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. grated zucchini
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped nuts

Cream together butter, oil, and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and sour milk. Stir in grated zucchini. Sift together flour, cocoa, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Blend with creamed mixture. Pour into greased 13 x 9 pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.