Oatmeal Banana Yogurt Breakfast Muffins

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I’ve been making these muffins for the past few months and I can’t seem to stop. Part of the reason is that they require pretty much zero planning — I always seem to have the ingredients in my pantry, and they don’t need any special prep. And because they actually have some rather wholesome ingredients, it allows me to justify their constant presence in our kitchen. Oh, they’re breakfast muffins. Okay then.

Normally I loathe recipe substitutions and I’ve been suspicious of applesauce for that very reason: “If you just replace the butter and oil with applesauce and false hope, you can hardly taste the difference!” But I tried it and even though you can technically taste the difference, it’s still good enough to justify the sub. For those of you who care, I believe these are also gluten-free (just oat flour).

So to review, this recipe is chock-full of wholesome goodness, like:

– Bananas!
– Yogurt!
– Oatmeal!
– Flax seeds!
– Applesauce!
– ………………………………………………………………chocolate chips! (shhh)

Normally this combination would make me flee. Who needs another healthy (read: gross) muffin? But these are really really good.

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Banana Pudding: The Best Thing Bananas Ever Did

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Have you ever been to Magnolia Bakery in New York? Did you wait in the interminable line for the fairly decent cupcakes? Did you get to the front and notice that the line is only for the cupcakes? If you don’t need a cupcake, you can come right to the front and you can get their banana pudding immediately. And it is good. Nilla wafers, bananas, and vanilla pudding. Simple, sublime.

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Four years after leaving New York, I am still having cravings, so decided that it’s time to make my own.

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