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Packed with banana, oats, tahini, honey, flax seed and chocolate chips, these muffins are a great snack that quickly hits the hunger spot, or the “I need something sweet” spot.

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oats, Tahini, Honey and Chocolate Chips www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: Top view of a dish lined with a linen tea towel, filled with muffins. To the top of the photo are some dried grass leaves lying on the wooden surface and to the bottom are some scattered oat flakes and chocolate chips.

Hey all! Is it too late to say Happy New Year? Here in Greece we say it practically until Valentine’s Day… No? Yeah, ok maybe I’m pushing it a bit. But it’s my first post for 2018 so I have to say something, right?! Have a good one guys!

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oats, Tahini, Honey and Chocolate Chips www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A porcelain bowl containing the flour and oat mixture is on a wooden surface, towards the bottom of the photo. Above the bowl in the left corner is a jar of plain flour, and in the centre is a copper measuring cup with some flour inside, a wooden spoon and a wire whisk. All are sitting on a bunched up linen tea towel. In the top right corner are some eggs (barely visible) and another measuring cup with oats inside. To the right of the main bowl is a small glass bowl with honey and in the bottom right corner, only just visible, is a ceramic bowl with chocolate chips. In the bottom left corner is the tip of a blackened banana.

So, shall we start the year with some healthier banana muffins? These babies are tasty, super filling and have some really healthy ingredients tucked inside. Banana, oats, tahini, honey, olive oil, flax seed and dark chocolate! And there is only a tiny bit of brown sugar, so they are mostly naturally sweetened.

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oats, Tahini, Honey and Chocolate Chips www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A porcelain bowl in the centre of the photo, containing mashed banana and a wooden spoon. Surrounding the bowl are some eggs on a linen towel, the blackened banana peels, a small bowl of chocolate chips, a small glass bowl of honey, a measuring cup with oat flakes inside and a small ceramic bowl with tahini.

If you need something to have on hand as a midmorning or afternoon snack, either at home or at the office, these muffins are a good idea.

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oats, Tahini, Honey and Chocolate Chips www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A slightly battered and old muffin tin with two holes already filled with batter. The batter is sitting in square pieces of grease-proof paper which is serving as muffin liners. To the left are two more pieces of paper waiting to be filled. Clockwise from the top left are an empty bowl and a used wooden spoon, a bowl of batter (barely visible), a small glass dish with flax seeds, some cut up grease proof paper, a pair of metal scissors, an empty bowl with the remains of honey and a bowl with a few chocolate chips. Some chips are also scattered on the wooden surface.

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oats, Tahini, Honey and Chocolate Chips www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: The empty bowls all placed around a copper measuring cup with some oat flakes inside. To the right a roll of grease proof paper and a pair of metal scissors.

They aren’t fluffy or light, they are quite dense, but that’s what makes them substantial and filling.

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oats, Tahini, Honey and Chocolate Chips www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: The muffin tin just out of the oven, with the baked muffins still inside. In the top right corner some of the almost empty bowls and in the bottom left corner a dark linen napkin.

Also? They’re extremely easy to throw together.

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oats, Tahini, Honey and Chocolate Chips www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A round wire rack half visible on the left side of the photo, with some of the muffins on top. To the right the metal scissors and to the bottom right another muffin and some scattered chocolate chips.

So what’s your favourite homemade go-to snack?

Healthy Banana Muffins with Oats, Tahini, Honey and Chocolate Chips www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: Top view of the muffins inside a rectangular baking tin lined with a linen napkin. The tin is half visible towards the left of the photo. At the top of the photo are some dried grass leaves, hanging over the muffins partly obscuring the view. To the bottom right of the photo are some more grass leaves lying on the wooden surface. Towards the bottom left are some scattered oat flakes and chocolate chips.

Ingredients

170gr all purpose flour

50gr oats, quick cooking, plus extra for sprinkling

15gr (1 ½ Tbs) flax seeds, plus extra for sprinkling

1 ½ Tbs baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

5 Tbs tahini

4 Tbs honey

6 Tbs olive oil

25gr (2 Tbs) brown sugar

300gr banana, very very ripe and soft (weighed after peeling)

70gr chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)

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You want super duper ripe bananas. I mean black and really soft. If yours aren’t quite there yet, pop them on a grease-proof paper lined baking sheet and stick them in the oven at 100C heat until, well, black and really soft. They might start leaking juices but that’s ok! Let them cool for a while before peeling.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 160C fan assisted (180C conventional) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper liners.

Step 2

Mix the flour, oats, flax seeds, baking powder and salt in a bowl, using a whisk to get rid of any lumps.

Step 3

In a separate, large bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a fork, then add the tahini, honey, olive oil and brown sugar, beating in between to incorporate. Mash the bananas into the mixture until fairly smooth (some lumps are ok).

Step 4

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and just before they are completely mixed add the chocolate chips and continue folding until you can’t see any more flour. Don’t overmix!

Step 5

Divide the batter between the muffin tin holes (an ice cream scoop is the best way) and sprinkle the tops with some oat flakes and flax seed if you want them to look pretty.

Step 6

Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of a muffin (mine took 27 minutes).

Note: As I mentioned above, don’t expect light and airy muffins. These are quite dense, but that makes them more filling!

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