Brekkie Idea: Banana, Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins

I love to treat myself with food and clothes, jewellery and shoes…oh and handbags and sometimes comestics.  I think giving yourself a gift is  an act of self-appreciation. Perhaps it’s slightly on the superficial side but whatever works for me right? 😉   Every year as always, I’ll shower myself with birthday gifts. Yes, not just one gift but plenty of gifts. I thought since I don’t have any children to dictate the way I spend, it’s going to be all about myself and I (okay, sometimes my better half :P) all the way until the day my children’s wellbeing and education funds are my priority.

On day-to-day basis, every little thing counts as a treat. For me, it can be kisses from my beloved, sipping soy latte from my favourite cafe or simply a straightforward baking like these banana,oatmeal and cranberries muffins in the middle of work week.

You don’t need a bad day or hearbreak to start treating yourself. A good start will be relieving yourself from monotonous routines by baking something sweet and simple like muffins. 🙂 (This may only apply if you’re not a full time baker. :P)

{BOO!!!! Scary face muffins! :P}

Banana Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins

(minor tweaked from

Makes 12 muffins


2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons maple flavoured golden syrup
1 cup plain flour
1  3/4 cup oats
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries
muffin cups


1. Preheat oven to 350F / 170 degrees Celsius.

2. Prepare a muffin tin with muffin cups.

3. Beat together bananas, milk, oil, golden syrup, sugar and egg in a bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients:  flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.

5. Stir dry into wet until just combined.

6. Add in walnuts and raisins.

7. Spoon evenly into muffin tin and top each muffin with cranberries and walnuts.

8. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

{Rise and shine to a delicious muffin!}

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30 thoughts on “Brekkie Idea: Banana, Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins

  1. I love the little faces you made on the muffins! At first I thought I was just ‘seeing’ things but read a little more and saw that they are in fact intentional. I love your perspective, that everything is a little treat. I’m going to adopt that, I think it’s a great way to make sure to appreciate each and every day.

    • The scary face was to capture the Halloween spirit. Sometimes I tend to miss little things around me but when I learn to appreciate these things, I feel happy and optimistic. 🙂

  2. These look great! Did you use old-fashioned oatmeal or “quick” oatmeal (cooks in 5 minutes)? Or maybe it doesn’t matter.

  3. These look fantastic! Is it possible to substitute whole wheat flour? And any way to use something other than oil? I’m new to baking and looking for some healthy treats. this one looks good! Thanks!

    • Hi Lisa,

      The original recipe uses whole wheat flour, so yes to substituting with whole wheat flour.

      I’m not sure about substituting with oil, I’m thinking yoghurt maybe? That said, I haven’t tried with yoghurt instead of oil, so better not take my word for it. 😛

      And thanks for your comment. 🙂

    • Hi Simran,

      I’m going for a Halloween theme here but I think the “decoration” was more obvious before baking. I think pecan would make a better “mouth” for the smiley instead of walnut. 😛

  4. I made these just the other day…sorry again for changing the recipe a little bit…it’s not for the variation but I try to use what I have around the house instead of going to buy new ingredients…life is not cheap with two kinds around…
    So, first of all I used 3 bananas instead of two..there was no point in wasting a perfectly good ripe banana which nobody is going to eat anyway…then I used a mixture o wholemeal cereals(rye,oats and wheat)instead of plain oats which I didn’t have in the house…as bananas are a little bit bland in taste while cooked(simply my opinion, don’t have to agree), I also put a handful of sliced sour cherries and a handful of raisins previously soaked in hot water with rum extract..this gave the mixture the pinch it needed…on top I put some berries(blackberries and raspberries mostly..I had some frozen). Finally, as I had a few berries left,I made some kind of sauce to go with it…I boiled them with some water, strained and mashed the mixture to get rid af all those little pits that get stuck in your teeth…then put them back on the stove, added 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and a heaping spoon of honey and served hot…I tell you it was worth every crumb….

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