Banana Orange Oatmeal Muffins
4 super ripe bananas
1 to 1.5 cups cane sugar (depending on how sweet you like em)
1 cup coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla or baker's extract
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
2 tablespoons Ceylon Cinnamon - or - 1 teaspoon Vietnamese Cinnamon if you don't have Ceylon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup orange juice
A few hours or the day before, put your 1 cup oats in a Tupperware type container and pour the 1 cup orange juice over top. Close the lid and set them in the fridge to absorb the juice.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, or 340 degrees convection.
Get a big mixing bowl.
Put your bananas in there and add the coconut oil and sugar. Blend for a minute or two.
Add the eggs, vanilla or baker's extract, and blend again until mixed.
Sprinkle the nutmeg and cinnamon over, as well as the baking powder and flour. Blend again until mixed. This will seem like cake batter.
Get your oats and fold them in with a spatula.
Use a muffin tin and lightly grease the top with melted butter, cooking spray, or coconut oil on a paper towel. Use paper muffin cups.
For smaller muffins, fill the cups halfway and bake for 11-13 minutes.
For full size muffins fill to the top and bake 17-19 minutes.
Look for the "wet" to be gone from the tops in the oven and some bubbles at the top like pancakes. Insert a toothpick or fork and if it comes out clean, they are done. The have to cool fully to set. If you have one before they are cooled, they may seem a little too soft but they are done. Don't overbake them.
These are fantastic and have a really great texture and the hint of orange from the orange juice gives them a unique flavor. They are great for a quick breakfast, either kept cold in the fridge or heated up a little in the morning.
Recipe makes 24 full size muffins.
Ceylon Cinnamon is nowhere near as "hot" as the usual cinnamon available in most stores (Vietnamese or Saigon). You can use more and it tastes more earthy and delicious. Cinnamon has a lot of health benefits. It's more expensive in little jars, but you can get a pound and refill a small container, then it's reasonably priced.