Indulging in the sweet trifecta of bananas, peanut butter and chocolate can be a healthy treat. Whether you grab a couple for breakfast or munch on one for a snack, you’ll be happy to have on hand these quick and easy Flourless Funky Monkey Oatmeal Mini Muffins.
Flourless Funky Monkey Oatmeal Mini Muffins
You guys, these muffins led to one of my worst moments of the school year so far. We went to see Little Dude’s classroom the week before he started school, and his teacher told me that their classroom was going to be peanut-free due to a kid with a peanut allergy. Knowing what I do about peanut allergies, and knowing that I make a lot of the kids’ lunchbox snacks, I asked a million questions. Are homemade foods allowed or do snacks have to be packaged or things like fresh fruit? That kid can’t have foods manufactured in a facility that handles peanuts, but what about my kid so long as the item doesn’t actually contain peanuts itself? Are other tree nuts okay?
Then the second day of school I was posting the picture of The Bug’s lunchbox on Instagram when I realized – I sent one of these muffins with Little Dude. To say that I freaked out is an understatement. I immediately called the school to let them know. I felt horrible. I didn’t know if they had to take the muffin away from Little Dude. They had to make sure they cleaned him and the table really well, as if these teachers with a room full of two and a half year olds don’t have enough to do. What if Little Dude was sitting next to the kid? What if Little Dude already touched something else? What if the kid was fine now but had a delayed reaction?
I literally could not function for most of the afternoon because I had all of these thoughts running through my head. It was totally a mistake. I spent last school year packing nearly the same lunch for both kids and not even thinking about it. I went into autopilot mode and just figured I was packing him muffins, not thinking about the ingredients.
With as worried as I was, I can’t even imagine how parents of kids with life-threatening allergies must feel. They have to worry about dopes like me. So to this kids’ parents and all allergy parents out there, well you probably aren’t reading this, but if you are, I’m sooooo sorry! You can be sure this one mistake rocked me to the core.
Needless to say, I double and triple check his lunch everyday now. He may get to enjoy these PB&J crackers at home, but if you see them in The Bug’s lunchbox, you can be sure that Little Dude has something else in his. Argh, I am still angry with myself for possibly putting a small child in harm’s way.
And I’ll just be keeping these babies at home from now on, which is totally okay…
Why? Well, because the combination of banana, chocolate, and peanut butter is always a hit in my house. I mean popsicles, energy balls, cupcakes, smoothies, ice cream – I’ve pretty much put these three ingredients in just about everything. So we have no problem devouring these Flourless Funky Monkey Oatmeal Mini Muffins safely at home.
If you need a gluten free treat, it doesn’t get much easier than making these with certified gluten free oats, and if that doesn’t matter to you, then use any oats you have on hand and know that you are making a snack packed with whole grains. They only need a little maple syrup to enhance the sweetness of the bananas, the peanut butter adds protein, and when you use mini chips, you only need a few to have tons of little chocolaty bits in every bite.
Do your kids go to a peanut-free school?
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Flourless Funky Monkey Oatmeal Mini Muffins
A naturally gluten free and healthy breakfast or snack packed with bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
- 1/2 cup mashed banana (about one large banana)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (honey should work too)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon oat flour (place old fashioned oats in a high powered blender or food processor and process into a fine powder before measuring), certified gluten free if necessary
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats, certified gluten free if necessary
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together the banana, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Then beat in the egg.
- Add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, and oat flour and blend until just combined.
- Stir in the old fashioned oats and mini chocolate chips.
- Divide the batter between the 24 muffin cups.
- Bake at 350°F for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown and they spring back when you touch them.
- Cool in the pans for several minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Want more muffins?
- Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins
- Whole Wheat Apple Pumpkin Muffins
- Healthier Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
And here are some from my friends…
- Skinny Banana Nut Muffins from Joyful Healthy Eats
- Flourless Apple Peanut Butter Blender Muffins from Happy Healthy Mama
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Blender Muffins from Heather’s French Press