With just a handful of nutritious ingredients, you can bake up super easy Banana-Oatmeal Muffins to share with the kids. Bonus: These store so well in the fridge for days!

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Almost every week, I make a batch of healthy muffins for kids to have on hand for easy breakfasts, snacks, and lunches. I love that they can sit in the fridge and still taste great a few days later—and that they’re packed with enough nutrition that they’re a good quick meal option. My kids (like many, I’m sure!) enjoy muffins, but just putting a few chocolate chips on top transforms them into something they’re SUPER excited to eat.

They are an easy breakfast recipe for kids that also works as a toddler snack or even a Cold Lunch Idea for Kids.

To make these muffins we blend up whole grain oats with Greek yogurt or milk, eggs, bananas, and a few pantry staples. You pour the batter from the blender right into the muffin pan so the method is seriously doable…even if you have only one free hand!

The combination delivers protein, fiber, and potassium—as well as some of the fats toddlers need to grow—in an easy to eat format. (My Protein Banana Muffins are great for that, too.)

We like to eat these muffins cold right out of the fridge, but you can also serve them slightly warm. You can dice them up as needed for younger kids.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this banana oatmeal muffin recipe you’ll need the following ingredients on hand. Most of them are pantry staples, so you might have some already.

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  • Rolled oats: I use oats here since they blend into a flour and add fiber and complex carbohydrates to make a satisfying muffin.
  • Super ripe bananas: These muffins will have the best flavor if you use ripe bananas with some brown spots, as the brown spots indicate natural sweetness.
  • Plain Greek yogurt (or milk): You can use either option and have similar results. The muffins will have slightly more protein with Greek yogurt.
  • Eggs: Eggs add structure to the banana muffins and help the batter hold together nicely.
  • Maple syrup: You can add maple syrup or honey to sweeten these muffins. To make without added sugars, omit this and add 2 tablespoons milk to make up the liquid amount.
  • Vanilla extract: A little vanilla adds nice flavor to these oatmeal muffins.
  • Cinnamon: This pairs so nicely with the flavor of the ripe bananas.
  • Baking soda: This is key to the muffins baking through and rising, so be sure yours is fresh.

TIP: You can use either Greek yogurt or milk in these muffins. Yogurt will make for slightly flatter muffins, but they will taste the same.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process of how to make these banana oatmeal muffins. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

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  1. Place the oats into a food processor or blender to make a coarse flour. Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips, if using.
  2. Blend until very smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender if needed.
  3. Divide among muffin cups and top with chocolate chips if using.
  4. Bake. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

TIP: Use bananas with a lot of brown spots for the best natural sweetness and flavor. You know, those ones that have been sitting on the counter ignored all week and need to be used up!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use in place of maple syrup?

You can try using honey if you prefer.

Can I make these muffins without a blender?

You can make these in a food processor if you prefer. Or to make them by hand, you’ll need to start with store-bought oat flour, mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher until super smooth, and stir everything together in a bowl. I prefer the texture of these when made in a blender or food processor—it’s smoother and more uniform.

Can I make these gluten-free?

I love making flourless muffins with homemade oat flour because they are so easy and have the added benefits of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Just choose gluten-free oats if needed. The oats, which get ground in the food processor or blender, bake up with the banana to create very moist and tender muffins —which are delicious and also easy for toddlers to eat.

How long can I store these muffins?

These muffins can store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Or in the freezer in a zip top freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.

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Mini Banana Muffins

To make these Banana Oatmeal Muffins as mini muffins, grease a mini muffin tin and pour the batter about ¾ of the way full in each muffin cup. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Follow the rest of the instructions in the recipe below.

(You can also try my Banana Yogurt Muffins and my Sugar-Free Banana Muffins.)

How to Store

These muffins can store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Or, freeze the muffins in the freezer in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.

Best Tips for Success

  • For mini muffins, bake for 12-14 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the centers comes out clean.
  • Dairy-free: Use plain nondairy milk.
  • For the best flavor and natural sweetness, use very ripe bananas with a lot of brown spots.
  • To make these without a blender, use store-bought oat flour, mash the banana very smooth, and mix together in a mixing bowl.
  • You can use either Greek yogurt or milk in these muffins. Yogurt will make for slightly flatter muffins, but they will taste the same.
  • Add a few chocolate chips to the tops of each muffin if desired.
  • Try a pumpkin version in my Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins.

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banana oatmeal muffins

Banana Oatmeal Muffins (SO Good!)

With just a handful of nutritious ingredients, you can bake up super easy Banana Oatmeal Muffins to share with the kids. For the best flavor and sweetness, use bananas with a lot of brown spots. Bonus: These store so well in the fridge for days!
4.98 from 277 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 156kcal
Servings 10 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups sliced bananas (about 2 medium, very ripe)
  • 6 ounces milk (or plain whole-milk Greek yogurt)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease 10 cups of a standard-size muffin tin.
  • Place the oats into a food processor or blender. Grind for about 30 seconds or until they resemble a coarse flour.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips, if using.
  • Blend until very smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender if needed.
  • Divide among 10 muffin cups. You want each cup to be about ¾ full. Top with chocolate chips if using.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until firm to the touch and lightly golden brown around the edges. Let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack (or just tilt a bit in the pan to let air flow underneath) to cool.
  • Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

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Notes

  • These muffins can store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days or in the freezer in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.
  • Mini muffins: Use a mini muffin pan bake for 12-14 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the centers comes out clean.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy milk.
  • To make without a blender: Use store-bought oat flour instead of rolled oats, mash the banana very smooth, and mix together in a mixing bowl.
  • You can use either Greek yogurt or milk in these muffins. Yogurt will make for slightly flatter muffins, but they will taste the same.
  • Add a few chocolate chips to the tops of each muffin if desired.
  • Serve cold or slightly warmed. Dice up for younger eaters as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 133mg, Potassium: 226mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was originally posted on July 19, 2019.

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  1. I must’ve done something wrong, because these turned out really stodgy and mushy. Maybe too much banana? I didn’t measure, just eyeballed it. I’ll try it again another time! I love all your recipes, they usually turn out great!

    1. I would also check that your baking soda is fresh. If it’s not and it’s not working right, the muffins won’t turn out.

  2. 5 stars
    My family loves it, I was out of rolled oats so used 7 small pack oatmeal (apples and cinnamon flavour) and blend it. I mixed the dry and wet ingredients (mini chocolate chips last) in a separate big bowl by hand. I used plain yogurt and maple syrup which is more healthier. It makes 12 muffins. Thank you for this delicious recipe ❤️. I will definitely make it again.

    1. Sure, just add 2 tbsp more milk to compensate for the lost liquid and the same amount of sugar as maple syrup.

  3. 5 stars
    I was looking for a muffin recipe that didn’t have white flour and extra processed sugars for my 1 year old who was recovering from being super sick with mono. I wanted to give him something I know he would love eating but would also help him get the nutrients he needs to fight the virus. This was the perfect recipe! He loves the muffins, and I feel good about giving them to him!

  4. 5 stars
    My family can’t get enough of these!! I barely get any into the freezer and I make them into mini muffins 🤪 thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    New favorite muffin! It’s so delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe (easy to follow & make; baked ours for 20 minutes). Been reading your other articles/recipes & will definitely make them as well. Again, thank you so much!🥰

  6. 5 stars
    Oh man. These are my new favorite muffin! So banana-y and a great texture. I used yogurt and subbed honey for the syrup. Really delicious!!!

    1. How much brewers yeast did you add? Also do you need anymore liquid for it? I made these and they are so good but definitely want a lactation version as I am expecting in a few days!

  7. 5 stars
    These muffins are so easy to make! My son doesn’t like the texture of oatmeal or banana chunks in baked goods. However, these were a hit since everything is blended together. Win win for all.

    1. You can use a flax or chia egg, though the texture may be more like baked oatmeal cups, or a store bought egg replacer like the one from Bob’s red Mill

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! The muffins were so easy to make, and they are so tasty. My toddler and I love them!

  9. 5 stars
    Do you have suggestions on how to make this in a cake or loaf pan instead? what size pan and time for cooking? I just find it so much easier to clean a cake pan vs muffin pan 🙂 I love your healthy and delicious recipes! Thank you!