Hearty Banana, Apple & Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Ahhhhh fall.  It’s really here in Calgary.  The air is dang cold and there’s snow in the forecast already.  Yes, you read that right.  September 5 and they’re already calling for flurries next week.  How in the world does it go from +30 degrees one week to snow the next?  Gah.  I know I shouldn’t be surprised but I am…like every year winter takes me off guard.  I guess I know what I’m doing this weekend – going through all the kids winter stuff to see if it still fits.  Wait a second, I don’t think I took it off the hooks at the back door yet.  I blinked and summer disappeared.  It’s like it never happened.  Oh well.  I do love fall so I’m embracing it.  I finally feel like it’s appropriate to put a stew or pot of soup on the stove.  And bake with pumpkin and apples.  And order a pumpkin spice latte.  Not to mention the fact that all the good TV is coming back on soon!  I do love it all, I have to admit.

So because I’m back in the cooking mood I’ve been busy in the kitchen…I made a batch of hamburger soup, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal muffins and these Hearty Banana, Apple & Carrot Oatmeal Muffins.  I saw this muffin recipe on my Facebook newsfeed from my friend Catie, and I knew immediately I had to make it.  And because I can’t help myself I had to tinker with the recipe (it’s a problem I have…I just can’t leave things well enough alone!).  But it was worth it because this recipe is so good!

Hearty Banana, Apple & Carrot Oatmeal Muffins {A Pretty Life}

These muffins are deeeelish!  They’re hearty and very healthy, which makes them perfect for breakfast or afternoon snacks.  They’re loaded with ingredients which makes them a bit dense, but I like that.  They’re moist, flavourful and good for you!

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Hearty Banana, Apple & Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

Muffin Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 3/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg

Streusel

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, first mix together the streusel ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, oatmeal, oat bran, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. With a mixer cream together the coconut oil and sugar. Then add the sour cream, juice and vanilla. Mix well. Then add the egg.
  5. Mix in the banana and grated carrot.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently combine.
  7. Stir in the apples and raisins.
  8. Line a muffin sheet with muffin cups and fill them about 2/3 full.
  9. Add about a tablespoon of the streusel mix on top of each cup of muffin batter.
  10. Bake 20 - 25 minutes.

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I hope you get a chance to make these muffins!  They’re a delicious energy boost during these busy and exhausting days of back to school!
Have a delicious day!
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4 Comments

  • Reply Catie September 5, 2014 at 12:58 PM Oh wow, thanks Jo-Anna!! I was scrolling through fb and saw your post and thought, those sound like the muffins I made. lol I'm soo glad you liked them! I can't help myself either, I tweak recipes all the time too. And I almost added a streusel topping too, but decided not to since I was making them for a quick, grab and go breakfast and figures less sugar was best. I bet they're even better with the topping! =)
  • Reply Anna (Hidden Ponies) September 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM These sound amazing, and I just love t:hat topping! This is the kind of baking that makes fall so special :)
  • Reply Stephanie September 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM Yummy! I bet my kids would LOVE some of these on a busy school morning!
  • Reply Michele @ Alwayzbakin September 6, 2014 at 3:00 AM I'm sorry it's already cold where you live. What a bummer! It's still scorching in south Florida. Ugh. I wish we would get a little bit of the seasons, you know? Sometimes we do when we get cold fronts. These muffins sound wonderful for breakfast! They look so pretty with the oats on top. ;)
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