Chocolate Chip-Banana Bread Whole Grain Muffins

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I LOVE MUFFINS, I do, but let me tell you that not all muffins are created equally. There’s the type of flour you choose, the wet ingredient decisions, and of course the mix-in options. Since I like to cook/bake seasonally as much as possible, there is no way that my muffins aren’t going to have some Fall flavors shining throughout. This week I chose to do a combination of pumpkin, banana & dark chocolate. Strong heart-healthy ingredients, and even more, I used whole wheat white flour, oatmeal, and almond milk with no butter or oils of any kind. Serve it with a steaming cup of coffee and your morning will be off to a great start!”

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat white flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of cloves or all spice (optional)
1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 large egg + 1 egg white beaten
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 medium mashed very ripe bananas (headed towards very brown-looking)
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (plus a small extra handful for topping)
Freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

1.) Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.
2.) Using a large fork or masher, mash bananas until smooth.

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3.) Combine first seven ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

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4.) In a smaller bowl whisk together egg, almond milk, pumpkin, vanilla & bananas.
5.) Pour in the dry ingredients and carefully fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
5.) Stir everything together, but do not over-mix. (Over-mixing muffins can create tougher batter and them to bake unevenly.)
6.) Spoon the batter three quarters way up into muffin tin. (I like to use an ice-cream scooper or ladle to create uniform muffins.)

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7.) Sprinkle all with additional chips and grate nutmeg over the top.
8.) Bake muffins for 20-22 minutes or until a fork inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean. Let cool and ENJOY!!!

nicole meyer

Foodie, Nicole Meyer (A.K.A. Nic) adores sharing her best dishes with you. Nibble your way through her everyday recipes, seasonal finds and holiday tips. For more, visit nibblesbynic.com