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!}

30 Responses to Brekkie Idea: Banana, Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins
    November 3, 2010 | 11:52 am

    they look delicious! may I have some? :P :D

    • Emily
      November 3, 2010 | 9:58 pm

      If you live close to me, definitely. :D

  2. Roxan
    November 3, 2010 | 2:53 pm

    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.

    • Emily
      November 3, 2010 | 10:02 pm

      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. :)

  3. LinC
    November 3, 2010 | 7:50 pm

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

    • Emily
      November 3, 2010 | 10:03 pm

      I don’t think it matters but for me I’ve used quick oatmeal. :)

  4. Gigabiting
    November 4, 2010 | 1:10 am

    I have got a pair of brown speckly bananas that are screaming ‘muffins’.

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:09 am

      So muffins it is! :)

  5. Jenny Nguyen
    November 5, 2010 | 8:51 am

    I would not say no to one of those for breakfast! :)

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:10 am

      Me too, :D

  6. Peggy
    November 5, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    These muffins look so sweet and delicious! Definitely the kind of way I would treat myself!

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:12 am

      Hi Peggy,
      Thanks for your lovely comment. They are delicious and couldn’t get enough of them….

  7. HappyWhenNotHungry
    November 5, 2010 | 1:32 pm

    These muffins look so tasty and perfect for the fall. Thanks for sharing!

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:12 am

      My pleasure. Thanks for your comment. :)

  8. briarrose
    November 5, 2010 | 2:18 pm

    Yum! Nice hearty muffin.

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:13 am

      The oaty factor surely makes these muffins hearty, delicious and healthy. :)

  9. lisa
    November 5, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    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!

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:17 am

      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. :P

      And thanks for your comment. :)

  10. Stella
    November 5, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    Yum, I just saw these in my sidebar on my F.B. gadget-they look too wholesome and delicious;-)!

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:18 am

      Thanks for your comment Stella. :)

  11. Limor
    November 5, 2010 | 5:32 pm

    I just made a batch of these this morning. They’re so yummy. I’ll be linking to your recipe from my blog.

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:18 am

      Hi Limor,

      Glad that you’ve enjoyed the recipe. :)

  12. Kori
    November 5, 2010 | 5:51 pm

    Wow, these sound delicious! I love the addition of the cranberries!

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:20 am

      Hi Kori,

      I like the sourish taste of cranberries and thanks for your lovely comment. :)

  13. Jeannie
    November 6, 2010 | 7:41 am

    Fun looking muffins! So healthy too, wish I have some now with my cup of tea:)

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:21 am

      Hi Jeannie,

      Thanks for your kind words.These muffins are perfect with tea or coffee. :)

  14. A Little Yumminess
    November 7, 2010 | 10:51 pm

    I love the fun smiley faces! These are something I see myself baking…

    • Emily
      November 8, 2010 | 11:23 am

      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. :P

  15. Jennifer (Understanding Food)
    November 14, 2010 | 3:05 pm

    Went searching for a Sunday morning muffin recipe and I found it! How could I pass up trying the smiley faces out for myself :-)

  16. Veronica
    January 7, 2012 | 8:25 pm

    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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