These effortless Flourless Banana Oat Muffins have become so popular with my boys. They're so easy, all the prep in done in a power blender! These muffins have NO added sugar, truly (ok, except for just a few little chocolate chips I throw on top, but those are optional). All the sweetness from these muffins comes strictly from bananas and dates. If you require a gluten free diet you'll be pleasantly surprised how good these are too!
Bananas, Oats & Dates...Oh My!
Banana, Oats and Dates make these muffins a delicious healthier breakfast muffin. Rolled oats and flax seed add some great roughage giving these muffins some real delicious sustenance. These muffins may also be made with figs instead if you don't have pitted dates. I've made these muffins with both dates and figs and both are great. Between those and the bananas they all make the muffins really moist and slightly sweet.
These are the Dates I love to use!
These dates are inexpensive and sooooo tasty! My kids love snacking on them, but I love baking with them. A huge bag runs about $6 and change at Costco and they're well worth every penny. I make sure to have a bag of these in my pantry at all times.
I will admit right now that I'm not a believer in super sweet treats for breakfast. To me, super sweet muffins and donuts should be considered a dessert, not breakfast, unless you're on vacation. If you take out some carbs, extra sugar and add good for you ingredients you've got a recipe for some breakfast muffins that won't give you that dreaded sugar crash.
Don't let the fact that these are flourless and gluten free intimidate you. I honestly wasn't sure these would turn out well when I first made them but they were so good and moist I was quite surprised. Hopefully you will be too!
Add one of these to your kid's healthy breakfast alongside some yogurt. If you or a loved one is in a rush out the door, toss them 1 or 2 of these so they don't leave the house starving.
What Oats should I use?
I originally created this recipe using only rolled oats, but due to a follower asking me if I ever made them with steel cut oats, I thought I'd give it a try so I've now adjusted the recipe to work with either type of oats. They are just as delicious and easy to make. The only adjustment is I use slightly less steel cut oats when I make these muffins. You can also make them using a 50/50 mix of the oats, they still turn out great! Below you'll see my preferences that I use, bought at Costco (Bob's Red Mill Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats & the Sprouted Rolled Oats & Aldi's (Old Fashioned Rolled Oats).
Baking with Steel Cut Oats
This recipe can be made with rolled oats or steel cut oats. The images below here show what your batter will look like with steel cut oats after blending and then in a standard muffin pan, pre- and post-bake.
Power Blender Muffins
These muffins are speedy and simple to make because I literally pulverize all the ingredients in my high speed blender. Now, I will say making these muffins without a high speed blender is not recommended. Even with my powerful high speed blender, it's quite something watching it blend up these ingredients. You could truly burn out a standard blender trying to make this recipe. You could pre soak the dates for 15 to 30 minutes in some water if they're really dry, but I'd honestly still be weary of blending it in anything less powerful.
Give these fabulous flourless Banana Oat Breakfast Muffins a try and let me know what you think below!