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Malt-O-Meal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

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As a certified health and wellness coach, I love discussing food, health benefits, and how to keep weight in check.

Whole grain goodness with delectable chocolate chips--the perfect  pick-me-up.

Whole grain goodness with delectable chocolate chips--the perfect pick-me-up.

Muffins make excellent breakfast food—grab one, and you’re good to go. It’s no wonder muffins are regular guests at Starbucks, Panera bread, or any credible breakfast eatery. It’s not hard to like muffins either, especially if you have a sweet tooth and love the comfort of carbohydrates. But wait a minute—isn’t that a combination for weight disaster—refined sugar, simple carbohydrates, and saturated fats?

I would say, most muffins are guilty—especially the ones sitting pretty and plump in the grocery stores, tempting you under the glowing lights on shelves and looking all decadent with caramel topping. But that doesn’t have to be the case with all muffins. There are some muffins that are sophisticated and healthy—the ingredients are hailed from natures’ health department and stamped with approval by health authorities. I happen to know of one great muffin recipe that falls in that category—Malt-O-Meal banana chocolate-chip muffin. And trust me, it is very easy to bake—I don’t bake anything over the top. After all, I'm quite the reluctant baker.

There are three main ingredients: Malt-O-Meal hot wheat cereal, bananas, and semi-sweet chocolate chips and each offers health benefits. Malt-O-Meal is a hot wheat cereal that provides rich sources of folic acid, calcium, iron and B vitamins. Banana is known for its potassium (regulate blood pressure and prevent bone loss), iron and vitamin B6 and as for the chocolate chips…let’s says that it’s a mood enhancer.

When I found this recipe on the box of Malt-O-Meal, I thought it sure sounds easy—just throw everything in a big bowl and you’ll have Magic Muffins, as they are called. I did that the very first time and but decided that I would do better. I could possibly add more flavor, more whole grain goodness and sneak some of my favorite chocolate chips without weighing it down with calories. I have to say, I love the new spin.

Basic Magic Muffins Recipe

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup original Malt-O-Meal hot wheat cereal, dry
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tb baking powder
  • ½ ts salt
  • 1 ts vanilla
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Here’s a comparison of the basic magic muffin recipe and the one I updated.

Malt-O-Meal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

  • 1 ¼ cup Malt-O-Meal hot wheat cereal, dry
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk (2% milk works just fine too)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • 1 tb baking powder
  • ½ ts salt
  • 1 ts vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Mash bananas with a fork.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour mixture into paper-lined muffin pans. Make sure it’s only ¾ filled so it doesn't overflow.
  4. Bake at 400 degree Fahrenheit for 15 to 18 minutes or until the center is firm to touch.

Put All the Ingredients in a Bowl and Mix

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This recipe makes twelve. If you're looking to use portion control to help you stay in shape, make the muffin smaller by using less mixture in each muffin cup—half-filled instead of 3/4-filled. Enjoy muffin with cup of green tea or your morning coffee.

Muffins

Muffins aren't just breakfast food, they make good snacks and good alternatives to sweet treats.

Muffins aren't just breakfast food, they make good snacks and good alternatives to sweet treats.

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