Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Smarty Pants Snacks - Oat Bran Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

My daughter, like grade 3's across the country, is writing the EQAO exams this week. That means that every day for the next 4 days she will spend the morning and afternoon sitting at her desk writing standardized tests. Sounds fun, doesn't it!

While they are writing the tests they are allowed to nibble on healthy snacks. Getting her to eat fruit and vegetables isn't a problem, she often takes a container of veggies with hummus as her lunch. The problem getting carbs into this child (is she really mine?).

The one thing I can count on to get her eating 'bread' is banana muffins with a few chocolate chips thrown in for good measure. This recipe was adapted from the Milk Calendar from a few years ago.

Here's hoping that the goodness of these muffins will help her concentrate and the chocolaty addition will give her the motivation to keep on going.

Oat Bran Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Milk
  • 1 cup (250 mL) mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose or
  • whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) oat bran
  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder


Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C). 
Lightly butter or spray 12 nonstick muffin pans. I use cupcake wrappers to ease in cleaning my pans.
In bowl, combine egg, milk, bananas, sugar, oil and vanilla extract; mix well. 
In another bowl, mix together flour, oat bran, chocolate chips, baking soda and baking powder.
Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture, only until combined. 
Spoon into prepared muffin pan. 
Bake for 20 to 25 min or until tops are firm to the touch.

NOTE:  I almost always make mine mini-muffins because the kids can have a small snack or grab two for a larger snack.  If you go this route, bake them for 10 - 12 minutes.


  1. These look SO delicious. Coming over to visit from Wonderful Food Wednesday. Please stop by and link this up with my "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I'd love to have you join us. :-)

    1. Thanks Lisa. I've linked up. Lots of great looking recipes to try.

  2. YUM...these sound absolutely fabulous! This would be perfect to link-up to my Create It Thursday's live now!

    1. Thank you for the invite! I've just linked up.


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