Bananas and oatmeal / oat flour are kind of a magical combination.
I’ve discovered three completely different things you can make with just these two ingredients. But first, let’s talk about the nutritional value of oatmeal. According to Authority Nutrition:
Oats are among the world’s healthiest grains.
They are a good source of many vitamins, minerals and unique plant compounds.
Oats also contain large amounts of unique soluble fibers called beta-glucans, which provide numerous health benefits.
These include lower cholesterol, reduced blood sugar and insulin responses, relieved constipation and improved immune function.
In addition to all this, oats are also very filling, and may reduce appetite and help you eat fewer calories.
You don’t even need any added sugar if your bananas are ripe enough, so your blood sugar won’t spike as much as eating conventional pastries.
Ingredients (makes about 5 muffins):
- 4 medium ripe bananas
- 2 cups oat flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mash bananas with a fork or potato masher, or blend in a food processor.
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until combined.
- Thoroughly grease a muffin tin, or use muffin liners.
- Evenly distribute batter into muffin tin.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
Ingredients (makes 6 cookies):
- 1 ripe medium banana
- 1 cup oat flour (ground up oatmeal)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash up the banana with a fork.
- Add in the oat flour and mix until well combined.
- Optional: Add in dried fruit, nuts, cacao nibs, or anything your heart desires. I added a scoop of pea protein powder, one chopped up date, and some crushed up walnuts.
- Put onto a lightly greased cookie sheet or parchment paper and bake for 10-15 minutes or until firm.
You can eat these for breakfast!
Ingredients (makes 3 pancakes):
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 1 cup of oat flour (ground up oatmeal)
- A few tablespoons of milk of your choice
- Put everything in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add enough liquid so that it’s not super thick.
- Heat up a lightly oiled frying pan to medium heat.
- Add spoonfuls of pancake batter into the pan to make 3 pancakes.
- Flip when bubbles start to form on the top.
Jazz it up
You can customize these up with whatever you have lying around in your kitchen, like:
- dried fruit
- protein powder
- crushed up nuts
- cacao nibs
- chocolate chips
- chia seeds
The world is your oyster!