Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mini Muffins

Sometimes there are things that I look back on as a parent and wondered what I was thinking.  There are definitely some questionable parenting decisions that were made over those years.  One of those was feeding my kids mini muffins for breakfast.  You know the kind I’m talking about, right?  They were really expensive and came in those super convenient packs so I could just hand my kids a little bag of them to eat on the way to school.  Sometimes we got the banana nut flavored ones because we all know bananas are healthy.  Yeah, I know,  big face palm.  I’d like to say that I only fed those to them because they begged me for them but that wasn’t completely true.  I wanted something that was easy for me so I didn’t have to spend much time on breakfast each day.

My kids are grown now and don’t seem to have suffered too much from the error of my ways in their youth.  But just to make things right, I am going to share an actual healthy (and delicious) mini muffin recipe that your kids (and mine) will love.  And since there is no processed sugar, no oil, and no flour, you can actually feel good about feeding them to young and impressionable people, even if they have chocolate chips.  And I’ll even share with you how you can make it a well-balanced meal with my latest discovery, Quaker® Real Medleys® Yogurt Cups, that will give your kids plenty of energy and brain-power to make it through the day!

These muffins are easy enough to whip up in the morning since they only require 6 ingredients, a couple of minutes in the blender, and less than 10 minutes in the oven.  You don’t even need to dirty up a bowl for this one!  Or, if you like to be prepared, you can make them the night before and pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and they’ll taste like they are fresh from the oven.  Let me break it down for you step by step to show you just how easy these are to make:

Step 1:

Gather ingredients.  You’ll need peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice), eggs, ripe bananas, baking soda, vanilla, and mini chocolate chips.  If you want to get all super healthy, you could add raisins or dried cranberries or any of your other favorite add ins.

Step 2:

Add all ingredients, except the chocolate chips (or other add ins), to the blender and blend until everything has been well combined and batter is smooth.

Step 3:

Add in chocolate chips (or whatever else) and stir.

Step 4:

Spoon batter into mini muffin tins that have been lightly oiled.  I like to use cute little muffin cups like these to remind my kids that these are made with love.

Step 5:

Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top for good measure.  You could omit this step, but it’s chocolate chips, so why not?

Step 6:

Bake in oven preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 9 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes.

To make into a complete and well-balanced meal, I like to pair these mini muffins with some Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups.  On a recent trip to Walmart, they had a demo set up near the cereal aisle with samples of Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups.  I thought this was an unusual place to demo yogurt since it’s not by the refrigerated section of the store.  After learning more about it, I discovered that these new Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups are the first shelf stable yogurt, fruit, and granola blend all in a single cup.  By just adding cold milk, the dry ingredients transform into a tasty yogurt treat!  There has never been anything like this before!  Real Medleys is a delicious blend of yogurt and multigrain granola with real fruit and crunchy nuts. It’s crunchy, cool, and YUM!  Considering each cup is packed with 25 grams of whole grains and 10 grams of protein with 1/2 cup of cold skim milk, it is satisfying, delicious, and convenient.  They even come in 3 different flavors (all of which pair perfectly with peanut butter chocolate chip mini muffins, I might add): strawberry almond, apple cinnamon, and raspberry pecan.  A pretty tasty and satisfying way to get some of your daily recommended allowance of whole grains, wouldn’t you say?  Check here for a demo at your local store.

Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Blender Mini Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup natural peanut butter
2 eggs
3 small or 2 medium size ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (or other toppings such as raisins, dried cranberries, coconut)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to blender and blend until smooth.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into lightly oiled mini muffin tins or muffin liners.
Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top.
Bake for about 9 minutes, remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before serving.
What do you think about the Crunchy.Cool.Yum. of Quaker Real Medleys?  What other foods would Quaker Real Medleys perfectly complement?  Be sure to check out more delicious recipes with Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups here.  I’d love to hear your favorite!

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