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Chocolate, Oat and Banana Nut Muffins

Oat and Banana Nut Muffins

It’s been a while since I made a batch of muffins, I had a bit of a phase of making muffins and then stopped. After tasting these Chocolate, Oat and Banana Nut Muffins  it’s clear that it is time to start making more!  

 

It was the classic tale of squidgy, blackening bananas left in the fruit bowl along with oats being chosen as they feature as the theme for the We Should Cocoa Linky this month.  There are a lot of ingredients in the recipe but it couldn’t be simpler, I even baked in the evening of a work day which happens very rarely nowadays.  

Chocolate, Oat and Banana Nut Muffins
Yields 12
A soft oat and banana muffin with chunks of chocolate and a crunchy coconut and nut topping.
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Ingredients
  1. 130g plain flour
  2. 1 tbsp coconut flour (or cornflour if you don't have coconut flour)
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  5. 40g old fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
  6. 150g soft brown sugar
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. 100 g coconut oil
  9. 1 large egg
  10. 4 tbsp natural yogurt
  11. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  12. 2 ripe bananas
  13. 60g pecan, walnut or hazelnuts (or a mixture) roughly chopped
  14. 50g dark chocolate, chopped
  15. 40g coconut flakes, unsweetened
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (about 30 seconds) or in a bowl over a pan of water, it won't take long. Leave the coconut oil until just warm to the touch.
  3. Line one muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
  4. Sieve the flour, coconut flour (or cornflour), baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large baking bowl. Add the rolled oats and sugar and stir to mix.
  5. Mash two of the bananas in a bowl and dice the other
  6. In a smaller bowl mash two of the bananas, mix in the eggs, yogurt and vanilla extract.
  7. Mix the coconut oil into the dry ingredients until well combined, then gently add the banana and egg mixture and stir.
  8. With a metal spoon gently fold in the diced banana, 40g of nuts and 40g of the chocolate.
  9. Divide the mixture between the 12 paper cases and sprinkle the tops with a mixture of the remaining, chocolate, nuts and the coconut chips.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Leave the muffins in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing to a cooling tray. Cool completely before eating...if you can wait!
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Muffin making

Have you heard of Fika?  It’s a Swedish tradition of breaking for coffee and cake but it’s more than that, as described in Fika: the art of the Swedish Coffee Break, Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what fika is all about.”  

My friend and work colleague, decided that we would start Fika Friday when we would make sure we had a break and would take it in turns to bring in the cake or pastries.  The Chocolate, Oat, Banana Nut Muffins were the first treat for Fika Friday.  Why not start your own Fika tradition?  It’s a great way to catch up and a great excuse to bake some treats. 

Chocolate, Oat and Banana Nut Muffins

I’m entering the Chocolate Oat and Banana Nut Muffins for the following Linky Parties:

We Should Cocoa run by Choclette at Tin and Thyme

Treat Petite run by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer whose theme this month is Picnic Treats.

Bake of the Week, the weekly Baking challenge over at Casa Costello.

Linky parties

Here are a couple of alternative Banana Muffin Recipes from top UK bloggers: 

Banochocolate Chip Muffins from Fab Food 4 All

Banana and Mincemeat Buns from Tin & Thyme

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    munchies and munchkins
    May 13, 2016

    Oh these look delicious, I love anything banana based and I quite often go looking for the big bags of mushy bananas in the reduced to clear sections! Chocolate goes well with banana too I find and these look so pretty in the brown paper bag! x
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      Janice Pattie
      May 13, 2016

      Thank you Rebecca, I love banana based bakes too, they make them so moist and tasty.

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      Janice Pattie
      May 14, 2016

      Thank you, adding chocolate improves everything!

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    Karen
    May 14, 2016

    I LOVE the idea of Fika Friday and I must tell GG as she is part Swedish! And, I also LOVE the look of those muffins too Janice, very tempting and beautifully photographed. Karen
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      Janice Pattie
      May 14, 2016

      Thanks Karen, I’ll be featuring some genuine Swedish bakes when I get around to it! Would love if others took up Fika Friday!

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    Choclette
    May 14, 2016

    Ooh yes, I’m all for Frika Friday – only trouble is it’s meant to be a fast day! These sound gorgeous Janice and a very fitting start to your Frika Fridays and for We Should Cocoa of course. Love the picture of them in the bag – looks like you’re all set for a picnic which always fills me with a sense of joy and freedom. Thanks for joining in with #WeShouldCocoa.
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      Janice Pattie
      May 18, 2016

      Thanks Kat, love a Treat!

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      Janice Pattie
      May 19, 2016

      Thanks Helen, Fika Friday certainly works well with Bake of the Week!

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      Janice Pattie
      May 18, 2016

      Delighted to take part, Sarah.

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