My mother is always on the run. She eats oatmeal every morning for breakfast and packs a lunch most days… but sometimes leaving at 7AM and not returning till 10PM means she must pack snacks for the road. She usually packs convenience snacks such as craisins, almonds, or Quaker and Kashi bars. The first two ideas I love, the last two make me skeptical. Both companies aim to offer ‘healthy’ snacks which is admirable, but both result in highly processed foods, and in Quaker’s case ingredient lists that are not healthy, at all. Not to mention the price tag for the ingredients is awfully steep.
Who better to make these for than my mom who claims she cannot bake (not true she just doesn’t follow directions closely). Of course, I couldn’t leave it alone so I made some modifications.
Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Cups
adapted from Green Lite Bites
3 cups mashed banana
1 1/2 cups vanilla soymilk
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking soda*
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar*
1/4 teaspoon corn starch*
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned oats
3 Tablespoons ground flax seed
3 Tablespoons wheat germ
2 Tablespoons shelled hemp seeds
1/2 cup Hot Chocolate Mix
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Mix banana, soymilk, and eggs.
3. Add baking soda, cream of tartar, corn starch and vanilla extract.
4. Add oats, flax seed, wheat germ and hemp seeds.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit, in refrigerator for 10 minutes. This allows the dry ingredients to absorb the liquid
6. Remove plastic wrap and stir in chocolate mix.
7. Place in muffin lined or greased muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes.
Makes 20 servings.
This recipe is a nutritional powerhouse. High in potassium, fiber, amino acids and omega 3s and 6s.
This recipe will still work if you don’t add the hemp seeds!
I know there’s hot chocolate mix in this… feel free to leave it out in favor of something else or substitute it with cocoa powder and a little sugar.
*can substitute 1 teaspoon baking powder for all three