Spiced Banana Oat Chia Muffins

I woke up from a nap yesterday with an intense muffin craving. It's been a week of clean eating so I didn't want to sabotage myself and toddler with added sugar nastiness. I decided to create 'healthy' muffins with oats, bananas, spices, and NO WHITE SUGAR. These are definitely gently versus cloyingly  sweet but they absolutely hit the spot. I made them again for breakfast today and given toddler and papa's reaction, I'll be adding them to the 'healthy family favorite' list. 

Oats contain a special kind of fiber called beta-glucan which has been shown to lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, boost immune function, stabilize blood sugar and even prevent breast cancer. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium which is critical for heart function. They are creamy and naturally sweet but also have a good amount of fiber which aids digestion. Specifically, bananas are a 'prebiotic' - food that feeds the good bacteria or probiotics in your digestive tract, making them great for digestive health. With omega-3 rich chia seeds, blood sugar stabilizing cinnamon and anti-bacterial cardamom, a touch of honey and no white sugar. these muffins are a perfect power snack or a delicious and nutritious way to start your day. 

12 muffins

2 1/2 cups whole grain rolled oats
4 medium ripe bananas
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground with a mortar and pestle
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 scant cup honey
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 375 F / 190C.

In a food processor, blend together all the ingredients except the eggs. Add the eggs and pulse until well incorporated. Using an ice-cream scooper, transfer the mixture into muffin liners or a greased muffin tray. Bake for 18 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool and enjoy as is or with a drizzle of maple or brown rice syrup for some added deliciousness. Alternatively, for a more decadent treat, fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips into the batter before baking. 

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