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Oatmeal banana breakfast muffins with cookie dough crumble

Where to start with these Oatmeal Banana breakfast muffins? They are the best, everyone in my family loves them and I can’t seem to bake them fast enough to keep up with the demand. 
As you know I love baked Oatmeal,  but at a certain point you want something else in the morning.  Something even easier, better and more delicious.  Also more suitable for warmer weather.

They are so simple to make, I blend the wet ingredients in the blender, then poor this over the dry ingredients in a large bowl,  give it a stir and scoop into lined muffin tins. Sprinkle with plenty of the topping and bake, that’s it.
The great thing about these Oatmeal banana breakfast muffins is that you can also make these well ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Just pop them in the microwave to re-heat for a bit before serving. I actually microwave them for one minute from frozen, and they are warm and yummy and taste like freshly baked.

I almost forgot to mention the topping, the best part of course. The topping tastes like cookie dough and forms big lumps, just the way I like it and once baked,  has a slight crunch too it. You’ll love it!
These  Oatmeal banana breakfast muffins are also the perfect treat for when that afternoon sweet tooth hits.

Oatmeal banana muffin

Makes 6 jumbo muffins or 8-10 smaller ones.

INGREDIENTS:

Dry:
1.5 c. oat flour
1 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
Wet:
1/2 c. Greek yogurt
1/4 cup natural oil
2 ripe bananas, peeled
2 large eggs at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. stevia extract or 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
2 tbsp. honey

Topping:

3 tbsp. light brown sugar
1/2 c. All purpose flour
2 tbsp.  Natural oil or cold butter

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F.
In your blender, add all the wet ingredients and blitz until smooth.

Meanwhile add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl,  also the chocolate chips and give everything a good stir.

Pour the smooth batter from the blender over the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until just combined.
Scoop into lined muffin tins, I use 6 large muffin tins or you can make 8-10 smaller ones. You have to adjust the baking time, see below.

Make the topping by adding all these ingredients to a smaller bowl, and stir to combine. You can use your fingers to crumble the dough. Place a good amount on top of each muffin.

Place the muffins on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for 25 min for 6 jumbo muffins or 20 min for 8 medium muffins. But since every oven is different,  I advise you to always do the wooden skewer test, when inserted in the middle of the muffin, it should come out just dry, then they are done.

Enjoy!

Gluten-free Yeast-free Bread

This Gluten free and yeast free bread is nice and soft and has a lovely crispy crust.
Not only is it gluten free and yeast free, but it has one of my favourite ingredients in it….OATS!
Yes Oats, as an everyday “baked Oatmeal” eater, you can probably imagine how happy this bread makes me.
Since there’s no yeast, there is also no waiting for the bread to rise. The kneading is minimal, which I now do in the electric mixer, so while I enjoy my mid-morning coffee my bread is basically making and baking itself.

I believe the true magic ingredient in this bread to be the ground psyllium husk. It binds the bread beautifully and makes it so soft, and it has a substantial amount of beneficial fibre making it in my humble opinion the best bread ever! The original idea comes from Ela Vegan, and since reading her recipe for gluten free bread, I’ve done a fair amount of research about adding psyllium to bread recipes. And there seem to be many many people using psyllium in gluten free bread as a binder. So after testing and baking a few weeks, here is my version and we love it, simply because it’s so easy, quick, delicious and healthy.
I hope you agree, why not give it a try?


Prep time : 10 min
Cooking time : 60 min
Makes : 1 loaf

INGREDIENTS:

• 30 gr. Psyllium husk powder
• 425 ml. hand warm water
• ½ tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. regular vinegar
• 100 gr. (gluten free) Oat flour
• 150 gr. Brown rice flour
• 45 gr. White rice flour
• 45 gr. Tapioca
• 50 gr. Seeds of choice (sunflower seeds, hemp, sesame…)
• 2 tsp. Baking powder
• ½ tsp. Baking soda
• 1 egg,  beaten for brushing loaf

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Pre heat the oven to 180 C. / 350 F.
2. In the bowl of your mixer add the water, salt and vinegar. Stir to combine and sprinkle the psyllium husk powder over the water. With the hook attachment in place, run the mixer for a minute or so until well combined. Let it sit for 10 minutes until a jelly forms.
3. In a large bowl combine the flours with baking powder, baking soda and seeds, set one tablespoon of seeds aside for sprinkling on top of the loaf. .
4. Turn the mixer on to the lowest setting and pour in the flour mixture.
5. Mix until combined. It will not turn into a normal dough ball like what you are used to, but instead remain more crumbled.
6. Transfer the dough onto a counter top that you have dusted lightly with tapioca flour, knead slightly and shape into a loaf. Brush with egg and sprinkle with the remaining seeds.
7. Place the loaf on a lined baking tin and place in the middle of the oven.
8. Bake for 60 minutes until golden on top. And when tapped with your fingers, it will sound hollow. Alternatively you may insert a wooden skewer, it should come out dry.
9. Remove from the oven once fully baked and let it cool completely before cutting.
10. This bread will keep well wrapped or in a Tupperware for a few days. You can also freeze this loaf.

Enjoy!

If you make this Gluten free and yeast free bread , be sure to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you and if you love it, pin it. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! @thecookingspoonblog or hashtag it #thecookingspoonblog

Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

If you love Raspberries, you’re going to love this recipe. I’m a little obsessed with this bread at the moment and have been eating it every single day for the past two or three weeks, I can’t even remember, we just can’t get enough of it.

Dark chocolate chunks with sweet Raspberries are just the best combination ever. Put those two in a rich Banana bread batter and you are pretty much in Paradise.

I used freeze-dried Raspberries, because I happen to have them, but you can use fresh ones if you prefer. Frozen ones on the other hand will dye your bread pink.

I love dark chocolate, the darker the better but if you prefer a little sweeter chocolate, by all means use semi-sweet.

As for the bananas, use them very ripe, when they’re speckled with black dots.

I have used olive oil here, a very mild kind since I love the fruitiness it adds to the bread, perfect with the Raspberries.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cup mashed)
  • 1/4 cup neutral olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour,
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks, or chopped chocolate
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried Raspberries or 1 cup fresh raspberries

METHOD:

Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F. Lightly oil a 9×5-inch/23x13cm loaf tin and line with baking paper.

Puree the bananas in a food processor, add the oil, yogurt, sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

In a large bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

Add the (freeze-dried) Raspberries and stir until mixed thru, don’t over-mix. You want to keep the Raspberries whole.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with the spatula.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out dry(-ish). It is still supposed to be moist since it’s a banana bread, however there should not be any batter still sticking to the skewer.
Should the bread become too dark you can tent some foil over the top loosely.

Remove from oven once it is finished baking and let it cool on a rack for about 10 minutes, then remove from tin with the parchment paper and let cool completely before slicing.

Enjoy!

Matcha Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

Let’s talk about Matcha.

Matcha is the finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea.

It is special because the green tea plants for Matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, this is how it produces more theanine and caffeine.  This combination of chemicals is considered to account for the calm energy people might feel from drinking Matcha. The powdered form of Matcha is consumed dissolved in water or milk.
I love Matcha dissolved in almond milk sweetened with a little honey. Known as the “Matcha Latte”. And the calm energy part is the perfect description of the energy you feel after a cup of Matcha, it’s not like when you drink too much coffee, where you might feel uncomfortable with a raced feeling. Matcha just gives you tons of energy due to the high levels of Theanine. Theanine makes the brain produce alpha waves, which induce a state of relaxation and focused attention, similar to meditation. Matcha has a high amount of EGCG, a plant chemical that stimulates cell suicide in unhealthy cells, and stimulates metabolism as well.
It also has one of the highest ORAC values and is therefore a potent antioxidant. The ORAC value for Matcha is 1348 units per gram, compared to 24 units for blueberries.
The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) unit, ORAC value, or “ORAC score” is a method of measuring (in vitrio) the antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements. The higher the food on the ORAC scale the more effective it will be at neutralizing free radicals.

Since I love  Matcha so much I have come up with many ways to incorporate it into baking. Today I’m sharing one of my favourite recipes for Matcha Cupcakes,  with a delicious white chocolate buttercream.

Makes: 12 Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

For the Cupcakes;

  •  1 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. Matcha green tea powder, culinary grade
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  •  1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup butter or margarine
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk + 1/4 cup milk, mixed in a jug

For the Buttercream;

  • 5 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 Cup butter at room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 1/4  Cup confectionary sugar
  • 2 tsp. Matcha powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sift flour, Matcha, salt and baking powder together into a bowl.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Make sure to scrape down the bowl.
  4. Meanwhile line a cupcake tin with liners and pre heat the oven to 180° C. / 350° F.
  5. Mix the flour mixture into the egg mixture alternating with the buttermilk, mix with a spatula and do not over mix.
  6. Fill the cupcake liners half way.
  7. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out dry.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a rack before frosting.

To make the buttercream;

  1. Melt the white chocolate au bain-marie by bringing a pot of water to a simmer, suspend a bowl in the pot without touching the water, break up the chocolate into smaller pieces and place in the bowl, leave to melt stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula .
  2. Meanwhile beat the butter with your mixer until fluffy, slowly add the confectionary sugar and the Matcha powder, mix until well incorporated.
  3. Once cooled, slowly add the melted chocolate and beat quickly to incorporate.
  4. You may have to put the butter cream in the fridge for half an hour if it is too soft before piping onto the cupcakes.

To assemble:

  1. Simply place the buttercream in a piping bag and put on your favourite tip. Squeeze the buttercream gently in a circular motion over the cupcake until you have a nice peak. Decorate with flowers and/or sprinkles.

Enjoy!