Breakfast muffins, Anytime Muffins, Oat Muffins, Banana Oat Choc Chip Muffins- I really could not decide what to call these. This recipe is something that was born out of necessity and given their role in my life, I decided I would call them my Grab-N-Go Oat Muffins.
5 years ago I started work as house officer in Sabah (Malaysian state which is part of the island of Borneo). My hours were pretty intense as we had a tagging period where we worked from 6am – 10pm daily for 14 days with 2 days off. Then my post tagging normal working days were 6am – 6pm, or nights which were from 6pm – 12pm the following day with 1 day off a week.
However like everyone else, I remember coming in as early as 4am or staying till 9pm in certain rotations cause there was heaps of work to do and we were as always short handed. And for some reason everything needed to be done STAT – which could vary from meaning ASAP or done last week depending on who your boss was.
Basically I was stressed, perpetually tired and as much as I enjoy cooking, hardly ever did. To make matters worse, I am one of those people who when sufficiently stressed and preoccupied just forgets to eat/has no appetite. Even if I did remember it would be a quick grab and walk of whatever vending machine coffee (yummy, but full of sugar and terrible for you) or biscuits/chocolate from the convenience store. (I think I just wanted the sugar rush)
Needless to say my diet was terrible and I eventually started getting headaches, feeling lightheaded … basically I was not taking very good care of myself and I felt it.
It was then I started experimenting with quick grab and go snacks which would keep me going throughout the day. Even better if I could prep a weeks worth on my one day off quickly (You can freeze them for a month!). One of my go to’s then and now Dan’s favourite breakfast is my banana oat choc chip muffins.
Perfect for an on the go breakfast, quick snack with a cup of tea (hyggetime) or a spoonful of greek yoghurt (Dan’s favourite!) – they became my go to as an intern.
And while they really aren’t anything extraordinary. Not only did throwing it together help take my mind off the days work, but taking one/two along to work every morning allowed me to snack on the go and at times reminded me to take that little break during the day. To sit down or take that extra five minutes sat in the car before punching in to just breathe for a second.
And as silly as it sounds, I think that is why I find them so comforting till this day.
300 grams Oats
75 grams Linwoods flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and goji berries
(You can substitute this with ordinary sunflower seeds as well – just as yummy but cut down the milk to 100ml)
150ml of milk
50 grams Dark Chocolate chips (Milk/Dark/White take your pic)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
60 Frozen blueberries (you can use raspberries/mixed berries too – have tried them all, just as yummy)
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius.
2. Combine the all the ingredients except the berries
3. Add the chocolate chips
4. Scoop into muffin tin, filling it about 3/4 of the way.
5. Add berries to muffins ( I add them on top at the very end because I feel when it is mixed through they tend to get a little soggy! No soggy bottoms remember?)
6. Bake for 15 minutes (until golden brown)
7. Let it cool and consume!