Banana Spiced Christmas Breakfast Muffins

As you all know, I absolutely love baking, so when Banana Moon challenged me to come up with something banana based and Christmassy for their Banana Bake Book, I couldn't resist!
I decided to do a Christmas twist on the banana muffin, and make them more practical. For me, Christmas is always super busy, and the main focus is obviously the lunch time food, so it can be easy to skip breakfast altogether - I decided to amp up the traditional banana muffin and make them into a more wholesome and filling breakfast treat, with a dash of festive spice - perfect for grabbing and eating quickly whilst you're trying to cram the turkey into the oven.

You will need:
150g of unsalted butter (softened)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
200g of oats
250g of self raising flour 
1 teaspoon of nutmeg*
1 teaspoon of cinnamon*
2 tablespoons of maple syrup*
50g of flaked almonds*
50gs of crushed walnuts*
150g of caster sugar
2 bananas
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
150ml of milk
*These can be switched for other items as you desire. I also included a tablespoon of flaxseed in mine - you can add whatever you like to yours!

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Mash the bananas well (I used a potato masher, but you can use a food processor, or whatever you can find!) Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and spice into a large bowl, add the sugar, nuts and oats, and mix.

In another bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter mashed banana and milk.


Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the liquid stirring roughly with a fork until it is a lumpy paste.


Spoon into paper cases (best to use a muffin tin, unlike me!) and put into the oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are solid to the touch. Leave to cool and then grab one on the go!

I'd love to hear what you would put in to these! Tweet me your ideas!

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