I got a wonderful recipe from a friend, who makes Banana Oatmeal muffins frequently. They sound wonderful but I cannot eat bananas. Also, the recipe includes Greek yogurt and I am lactose intolerant and cannot eat any dairy. But the muffins sound good and, while I am not gluten-free (I already can’t eat everything else, please leave me my gluten!), I do like to eat oats because they are good for my cholesterol. So, I set out to adapt this recipe for my own allergies. The original recipe that I got from my friend is:
2 cups rolled oats, 2 ripe bananas, 1 cup Greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Scoop into a muffin tin. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool.
Since I have replaced bananas with avocado in a smoothie before, and I have baked a chocolate cake with avocado before, I decided to replace the two bananas with one large avocado. Since the avocado has fat in it, I don’t need to add the fat from the yogurt but do need to replace the liquid. I decided to use applesauce. Since the batter turned out a really disgusting green color, I decided to add 1/4 cup cocoa to make the muffins chocolatey and cover up the green color. This adds some bitterness so I added an extra Tbsp. of honey. You could add more if you want sweeter muffins. Also, the texture was not great, so next time I will grind the oats into flour before adding the rest of the ingredients. This is my final recipe:
2 cups rolled oats, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 large avocado, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 2 eggs, 3 T honey, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Grease muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and enjoy.