Sunday, December 6, 2009

Coach's Oatmeal Banana Muffins

When Lizzy at the Coach's Oats blog asked me if I thought her oats would work in my steel cut oatmeal and POM Wonderful muffin recipe, I behaved like a brazen hussy and suggested that she send me some of them thar oats and I'd do my darnedest to see what I could come up with. I'm telling you people, I've got to get a grip on this freebies problem I have!

I'm a huge fan of steel cut oats. Studies have shown that while the overall nutritional profiles of all types of oatmeal are similar, the way the oats are processed does have a different and significant effect on our body's metabolism. The less processed a grain is, the longer it takes to digest and the longer it helps keep our blood sugars stable. The problem with using steel cut oats in baking is that the short baking time doesn't allow the oats to soften and the result is a muffin or cookie with hard crunchy bits in it. That's why I pre-cooked the oats for my POM muffins.

Coach's oats however, are toasted before they're cracked and because of this process, they cook in just five minutes. Lizzy assured me that I could substitute Coach's oats for regular rolled oats in my recipes, so I set out to experiment with them when I received the oats in the mail.

The first thing I did was eat a serving of the oats just to see if I enjoyed their flavor. I cooked them as directed and then added some brown sugar Splenda and a little vanilla and maple extracts. Delicious! Great oatmeal flavor with just the right amount of the steel cut chewiness I've come to love.

Since I was out of my free POM Wonderful samples Not wanting to repeat the POM Wonderful muffin for you, I decided to incorporate the Coach's oats into my whole grain banana muffin recipe instead. I am happy to report a complete success! These muffins are fantastic and you'd be smart to tuck this recipe somewhere you'll easily be able to find it when you start your big diet after New Years. (Hey, you won't be alone.... I'll be right there beside you.)

Coach's Oatmeal Banana Muffins (makes 16 muffins)

1 cup coach's oats (see note below)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
8 oz fat-free plain yogurt
1 1/2 cups mashed,very ripe banana
1 egg
6 TBSP canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with muffin papers and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Whisk together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the yogurt, banana, egg and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Do not overmix. Fill muffin cups two thirds full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 24-26 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on cooling rack before removing muffins from tin.

Note: You may substitute regular rolled oats in this recipe if you can't find Coach's oats. They are not available in my neck of the woods either. I've seen from other online sources that some Costcos carry Coach's oats so you may have luck there. Or you can order directly from the company.


Federica said...

una vera tentazione!!

June said...

mmm...toasted oats in muffins yum. Lookin' good Mags!

Moogie said...

Sounds yummy but what's up with the Splenda?

stephchows said...

I think we all love getting free stuff in the mail ;) Great use of these oats with banana!! MMMM love me some muffins!

Judy said...

I love muffins. Never heard of Coach's oats, not sure if they're available in the US, but your muffins look great.

HoneyB said...

Don't think I've seen Coach's in my area either. Your muffin sounds yummy and I have bananas that need to be used and used SOON!

Debbie said...

Sounds delicious. I love banana muffins and adding the oatmeal at least makes them healthy!!!!

Anonymous said...

these look amazing...i love oatmeal...could you sub blueberries for the banana though?

Mags said...

Thanks for all your kind comments! I received an email from Lizzy and Coach's Oats is based in California and is just now starting to market to the rest of the country.

Moogie: Every once in awhile I get all calorie concerned...LOL

Anon: I'm not sure it would work to sub blueberries for the bananas in this recipe because the bananas contribute greatly to the moisture of the muffin, thus allowing for the reduced amount of added fat. You could try adding a few more tablespoons of oil and see if that works with the blueberries.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Yum yum...I am going to stash this recipe somewhere where I "remember" where I put it!


Stay Cozy, Carrie

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! I've never seen Coach's Oats at the store before... Sounds yummy in muffins, though.

Denise said...

tried these today. yum! keep those "healthy" recipes comin'. I like using oat flour in place of all-purpose white flour. It works so much better in baked goods than whole wheat. Spelt flour works pretty good too.