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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins (gluten-free)


Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

Are any of you as sick of homework as I am?  As a kid, I never thought of homework being hard on my mom.  But wow, it is just as much work for me as it is for my 8 year old.  Getting him to sit down and actually do it.  Making sure that he writes his best, and it isn’t a mess.   Helping him come up with ideas for a book report project.  Practicing spelling words, filling out the planner with how many minutes he read and did math facts.  If I am hating homework in 3rd grade, I don’t even want to know what it is going to be like when he is older.

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

As for my homework, I think I found the coolest way to make muffins.   In the blender!  Instead of all-purpose flour these muffins use oats.  You put all the oats and the other ingredients to the blender, and let it whirl away until it is smooth.  This method wouldn’t work with normal, all-purpose flour based muffins.  If you over mix those, they get tough.  But because of the oats, it works beautifully here!  Because of the oats, these happen to be gluten-free!  Not all oats are gluten free, so check the container if you are trying to avoid gluten.

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

And because I can not leave well enough alone, I added chocolate chips.  This part was a little harder to do with the blender.  The chocolate chips did not get evenly mixed throughout all of the batter, as you can see by this muffin I cut in half for you.  Loaded with chocolate chips, some of the others….not so much!  So I do suggest if you are going to add chocolate chips you pour the batter into another bowl, and stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula.  These oatmeal banana muffins are pretty darn healthy without the chocolate chips, so if you are trying to lighten things up you can leave out the chocolate, or maybe just sprinkle a couple on the top before baking.  Either way, they are delicious and freeze really well!  Great for those busy mornings.

Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Serves: 12
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Quick and easy gluten free banana muffins you can make in the blender. No oil either!
  • 2½ cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick spray (the batter tends to stick to liners when there is not oil in them).
  2. Add oats, yogurt, eggs, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and bananas to a blender. Mix until smooth.
  3. If you are using chocolate chips, pour batter into a bowl. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Fill muffin cups about ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.
  5. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Slightly adapted from Nothing if Not Intentional



  1. What a beautiful and simple recipe!! LOVE!

  2. I love this idea so much – muffins made in the blender! And you know I love chocolate chips for breakfast just as much as you :)

  3. Those look awesome!! YUM

  4. Ugh, just the word “homework” still gives me the shivers, and here I thought I was done dealing with it now that I’m out of school!
    On the other hand; this blender-batter idea is so freaking smart- I can’t wait to try this myself!

  5. That blender method sounds so cool!

  6. Looks and sounds soooo yummy!! I could eat everyone of them!! LOL


  7. Yum, I love this idea how easy is that to add it all to the blender. I’m definitely trying these :)

  8. I wish I had a few of these on hand earlier this morning when we were rushing around! Love how easy these are!

  9. You mean kids just don’t do the homework themselves? :( I always did. I wanted a 100 on everything. Yeah… I was one of those people.

    And oh my goodness. I am SO proud of you! These sound great. I love gluten-free recipes like this. :)

  10. Those look supreme! Can’t believe they are gluten free. Delish!

  11. I’d love to try the blender method sometime. Very neat idea!

  12. These muffins look delicious!

  13. they look yummy!

  14. I just wanted to say thanks for this recipe! I use it all the time. I’ve made a few additions over time. I’ve been playing around with soaking grains I read in nourishing traditions, so I soak the ground oats in the yogurt, and usually add a little buckwheat flour and water (maybe tablespoon each) to help with that process. Then I add the rest in in the morning and bake. Also I tend to add in a tablespoon or two melted butter, and they benefit greatly. I love how much these rise! That you for this recipe.

  15. Gotta try this!

  16. I don’t have greek yogurt, would a regular one work?

  17. These sound fab!! If you don’t have a blender available, could you just blend in a bowl with an electric mixer?

    • Do you have a food processor? You do need something more than a standard mixer because you are grinding the oats. If that is not an option you could buy oat flour. I am sure regular flour would work to, but then they are not gluten free. Good luck!

  18. can i use apple sauce instead of the greek yogurt?

    • I have never tried that before. I am sure it would work, but the taste and texture would definitely be different. Try it and see how it goes!


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