This past fall we went through a terrible, no good sleeping bout. It was related to nighttime potty training and I basically didn't have a decent night of sleep for 3 months. It was rough on Linden too and we were often grumpy and dragging in the mornings.
A normal response would be to cuddle up on the couch with books while we adjusted to the morning, and while we did that on most days, I found that on occasion making a special breakfast really helped to improve my mood. These muffins, with their decadent chocolate flavor, were the result of one of those mornings and I must admit that between three of us, we ate more than half of the batch. Warm out of the oven on a dark winter morning, they were pretty heavenly and I plan to make them as cupcakes with a simple cream cheese frosting one of these days as well.
The addition of peanut butter adds protein, rolled oats add whole grains, and a modest amount of melted butter adds that richness you want in a chocolate muffin. And since there is minimal added sweetener, each of these is a nicely balanced breakfast that feels like a treat. They were almost as good right out of the fridge the next day, so you can serve them at whichever temperature you prefer. Eat them plain or slice and smear with additional nut butter or butter and enjoy! T
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup melted butter, slightly cooled
1/2 cup almond meal or almond flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a muffin tin.
2. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined and the batter is smooth. Fill 10 muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 30-32 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then cool on a rack.
Use almond butter instead of peanut.
Bake in a mini muffin tin and check for doneness around 16-18 minutes.
Grind rolled oats or use quick oats for a finer crumb.