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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins.

Of all the cooking ruts I tend to get into, breakfast probably gets hit the hardest.  It’s tough to mix it up in the morning when everyone is hungry and clamoring for food quickly, and the coffee hasn’t quite reached the brain yet.  We fuel our days on a steady rotation of eggs and toast, chia pudding, and loaded-up oatmeal.

Once everyone is downstairs and ready to eat, I head to the pantry and grab my four trusty jars…

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins by Daily Garnish

Rolled oats, raisins, chia seeds, and sliced almonds are the basis for all of our warm oatmeal breakfasts.  We usually add a bit of flax while it’s cooking, and a dollop of sunbutter too once it’s served.  But the same old bowl of oatmeal sure does get boring day after day.

So last week, I mixed it up and turned our favorite breakfast into a muffin!

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins by Daily Garnish

I know, I know – the last thing you need from me is another breakfast bread or way to use up old bananas.  But this one is yummy and easy to share, so why not? 

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 16-18 minutes

Ingredients (1 dozen muffins)

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 medium (or 3 small) ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of your preference)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup sliced honey roasted almonds


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mash banana with a fork until liquefied. Then add all the rest of the wet ingredients and whisk to combine.

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins by Daily Garnish

Pour wet ingredients into dry, and top with oatmeal mix-ins – chia seeds, raisins, almonds, and whatever else you might like!  I am currently hooked on these honey roasted sliced almonds from Trader Joe’s – dangerous!!

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins by Daily Garnish

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins by Daily Garnish

Mix just until combined, and then spoon evenly into a greased muffin tin. Bake for 16-18 minutes until golden brown on top. Allow muffins to cool on a cooling rack before serving.

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins by Daily Garnish

These were perfect for breakfasts and snacks for a few days, and were a nice departure from our normal bowl of oats.  We made them for a playgroup too, and them seemed to be a hit with both toddlers and moms alike.  They certainly didn’t last long in our house!

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins by Daily Garnish

It’s nice to have something new to add to the breakfast menu, and this one that can even be made ahead the night before. If only I had enough foresight to ever actually do that, hmmmm…

As always, enjoy!

Thanks to all who entered the Naturebox giveaway!  Congrats to the two winners:

Leslie, who said “Figgy bars!! I love anything fig!”

Nikki, who said “I would love to try both the Lemon Merigue Waffles and the Whole Wheat Lemon Figgy Bars!  Love your site Emily! I found it when I moved to Seattle and was looking for vegetarian restaurants here. I also have a 2 1/2 year old boy!”

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Melissa @ HerGreenLife     at 2:59 pm

Muffins are always fun! I’ve been enjoying playing around with muffin recipes that make use of the rhubarb in our garden.


Emily @ Life on Food     at 6:08 pm

I will always take another breakfast bread recipe. These muffins sound great.


Heather @ fit mama real food     at 6:16 pm

These look great! I too get an a breakfast rut… It’s hard to step away from my favorites.


Maryea {happy healthy mama}     at 7:37 pm

You can never have too many recipes for using up brown bananas! :)


Hayley@healthyregards     at 8:23 pm

Oh man these look delish! I am going to throw some shredded carrots in the mix (:


Maja     at 1:03 am

YES! Needed a recipe like this. Perfect for munching on throughout the morning


Webbyrå     at 2:52 am

This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week.


Elizabeth {Positively Healthy}     at 5:10 am

I love a good muffin in the morning. Like you, I get in breakfast ruts all the time and it drives me nuts. Right now I am stuck on eggs and would love to try something different so this is perfect timing!


Maria     at 8:17 am

Love the muffin recipe, but I am also curious how you prepare your oatmeal? I know it’s good for my milk supply,but I can never really get into it. Thanks!


Hillary     at 8:24 am

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I have been following your blog since you were pregnant with Cullen, and it has been amazing watching your family grow and change. I love seeing little snippets of your days at home, workouts, outings, date nights, family weekends. It’s neat to see Seattle spots and restaurants since I live on the opposite coast. I enjoy your reflections on life, motherhood, identity and finding a healthy balance. I rarely comment but I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic space this is! :)


Alex @ Kenzie Life     at 8:50 am

I always enjoy a nice muffin recipe :) These look yummy!


Leah     at 11:02 am

Great recipe–thank you!

The cool thing about chia seeds is that they don’t have to be ground like flax for your body to get the full benefits!


Nikki     at 4:24 pm

Oh my gosh! I’m so excited to win the Naturebox giveaway!! What do I need to do Emily? Thanks so much!!!


Theresa     at 11:28 am

Made these this morning and they were great! Thanks!


Friday faves. - Healthy Regards, Hayley     at 6:32 am

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Laura     at 1:00 pm

I made these the other night and my 20 month old son and I love them! I made a bunch of mini-muffins for him and they turned out great, too. I love the idea another reader mentioned about adding shredded carrots. I’ve also tried a recipe once where you blend spinach and applesauce in the food processor. It worked well for that recipe, so it might be worth a try in this one, too! Hmm… oatmeal banana veggie muffins. :-)


Jessica     at 10:17 am

I just made these for breakfast this week. Yum!!! Super glad for a healthy, hearty muffin recipe.


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