Banana Oat Muffins

The weather that Metro Vancouver has been receiving is absolutely ridiculous. 25 or 26° C in the beginning of May? Crazy! It's been sunny for a few days already, and it's supposed to be sunny all week. I'm so not used to it... Such un-Vancouver-like weather, although I'm not complaining at all.

I love it when it's sunny. I just feel like everyone's in a better mood. I love going outside during lunch on sunny days with my friends. Today, the fields were filled with tons of people. It was a beautiful sight. I think just hanging out at "the pit" (what my friends named the parking lot area we hang out at... this sounds really shady, but it's not) on sunny days is going to be one of the things I will miss when I graduate. Then again, I'll probably miss every single thing.

At the end of this month, I'll be attending my school's commencement ceremony and the grad dinner dance (which is pretty much like prom, I think). It's absolutely insane to think about the fact that there's only a little more than a month of school left. I can still remember the first day of grade 8, and now here I am... Weird. I don't like talking about graduating or the future with any of my friends because it's weird to think about. I mean, I probably won't end up staying friends with a lot of people and that's pretty sad to think about. Plus I'm not ready. A lot of my friends aren't ready either, so I guess we just pretend like it's not happening at all.

And it's fairly obvious that I'm writing this at night when my thoughts get all weird and gross. Late night worries are fun, eh?

I went "mandress" (my friend called it mandress, but it's really a suit and the whole bit) shopping this weekend. A few of my friends came with me to help me pick and try on stuff. I bought a pretty rad suit. My friends told me to model the suit. Here's the link to me striking a fabulous supermodel pose if you want to see it. I clearly have the whole supermodel thing down. America's Next Top Model right here.

My friend was shopping for a clutch and shoes. Can I just say how pointless clutches are... I mean, you can barely fit anything in there! She ended up finding a clutch at a store for $2.99, which I think is the funniest thing ever. I don't know how it was priced at $2.99 when a lot of other ones were around $20.

So alas, I guess it's the calm before the storm. I'm excited for commencement and the grad dinner dance. I guess it's the quintessential graduation thing, so I should be excited. But after that? I'm not really looking forward to anything.

Okay, maybe I should just not write a post at 11:41 PM. Yeah, I'll try that next time. This is what happens when I take super long naps during the day, although I've been told 4 hour naps aren't really naps.

These banana oat muffins are moist with a nice banana flavour. The oats give it a nice texture, and then surprise, there are chocolate chips! Not enough to overwhelm the muffin, but just enough to compliment the banana. There's also an amazing crumb topping, which I think works wonders on this muffin. I love crumb toppings. It adds a little extra sweetness.


Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Crumb Muffins
Adapted from Allrecipes

Yield: 12 muffins

For the muffins:
3/4 cup (96 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (96 grams) whole wheat flour
3/4 cup (85 grams) rolled oats*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of ground nutmeg
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large/3 medium bananas)
1/3 cup (76 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup (55 grams) packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the topping:
1/4 cup (55 grams) packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons (16 grams) whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons (10 grams) rolled oats
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter, cold

Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the bananas and melted butter. Add the sugars, egg, milk and vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly. Add the banana mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

To create the crumb topping, whisk together the sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Cut in the butter using a fork or whisk until the mixture is crumbly.

Divide the batter evenly the muffin pan, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way. Top with the crumb mixture. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack.

* 1 cup of rolled oats is apparently 85 grams, but when I measured 3/4 cup, I got 85 grams... I changed it from 1 cup to 3/4 cup because that's what I got when I weighed it. And that's why I like weight measurements.

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