Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Muffins & Whole Grain Sampling Day Giveaway!

by jerseygirl on March 21, 2013 · 167 comments

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CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATS TO WINNER SUZANNE BROWN!

Did you know that April 3rd is  Whole Grain Sampling Day? All across the world, people will be eating healthy whole grains. Oldways  and  The Whole Grain Council started this initiative  last year to get more consumers to be aware of the health benefits of whole grains along with the fact that they taste great. This year, a virtual toast will be going on at 12 noon. Check out Twitter and Facebook to see how many people will be making this toast.

I love the nutty flavors that whole grains provide. To me it makes food much more interesting. Whole grains are also loaded with all kinds of nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C, folate and fiber.  Eating 2.5 servings a day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by almost one quarter.

Since I love whole grains, I was selected to be an ambassador for this special event.  I received a huge box of all kinds of samples to try. I have always been an advocate of eating healthy food which includes lots of whole grains in my family’s diet. But I received some new things to try which were even new to this healthy cooking mom. The best part is that The Whole Grains Council has allowed me to give one of these great boxes to one of my lucky readers. This is what the box includes:

Barbara’s Bakery Shredded Oats Cereal

Bob’s Red Mill Muesli

Goose Valley Brown and Wild Rice Fusion

HomeFree Treats Choc Chip Cookies

Jovial Foods Pastas

Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Among Friends Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Baking Mix

McCoys Snax

Tasty Bites Rice

Upfront Foods Granola

Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips

Carl Brandt Mestemacher Rye Bread

Dr Kracker Engine 2 Crispbreads

Freekehlicious Whole Grain Freekah

Frontier Soups  Wheat Berry Chili Mix

Nabisco Whole Grain Crackers (Wheat This and Triscuits)

grain samples

To win all these goodies, all you have to do is leave a comment. For additional entries:

Leave a separate comment for each entry telling me you follow, pinned, etc. There are 6  possible entries per person!

Please leave your comments by Tuesday, April 2nd at 11:59pm EST.  Make sure there is a link to a blog or you leave your email address. A winner will be randomly picked and announced on Wednesday, April 3rd. I will announce the winner  on my Facebook page during the whole grains sampling day.  Sorry, but you can only enter if you have a US mailing address. Good luck everyone!

I always try to  incorporate whole grains into my kids diet. It seems lately my two kids do not always want to eat breakfast.  I tend to make muffins so they are easy to eat and they are good for the road. My teenage daughter grabs one and eats it while waiting for the bus. I used whole wheat flour, oats and bananas as I think these ingredients are great for a breakfast muffin. Maple syrup is used as the sweetener to give the muffins a subtle sweetness. Of course chocolate chips were added to make these more appealing to kids and chocolate makes everything better!

Make sure to have some whole grains added to your diet. And don’t forget to toast  at 12noon on April 3rd!

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4.9 from 9 reviews
Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Muffins
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Recipe type: muffins
Cuisine: breakfast/ snack
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Serves: 8
 
A healthier muffin recipe perfect for breakfast.
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 TBS canola oil
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup plus 1 TBS mini chocolate chips, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Use muffin liners to line 8 muffin cups.
  2. Mix first five ingredients (banana through sour cream) together in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and oats. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Lightly mix in ¼ cup of chocolate chips.
  5. Portion batter into 8 muffins in prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top of muffin batter.
  7. Bake 18-20 minutes, until golden and a toothpick stuck in one comes out clean!

***For full disclosure, the Whole Grains Council provided me with free product and the giveaway. As usual, all opinions are my own.

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Danielle @ Growing Foodie March 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Yummy – I love whole grains too – that muesli by Bob’s Red Mill is amazing!

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katie klein March 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

What a great giveaway! I would love the chance to try all of these great products. Thank you.

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Katie March 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Yum! Love the healthy goodies!

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Peggy D March 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins last week, would have loved to have made them with the whole wheat! Definitely will give it a try. Great giveaway and thank you for the chance!!

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Karen Harris March 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

These muffins look delicious Lisa! I’m not much of a breakfast eater either, but I don’t think I could resist one of these.

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Nikki S March 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I’d love to win a box fully of whole grain goodies to motivate me to continue healthy eating to fuel my half marathon training.

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Paige March 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

These muffins look delicious!

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) March 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

These sound AMAZING and I think my boys would like them, too – SCORE.

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Lori Williams March 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Being a vegetarian, I’m very into whole grains and would love to win this!

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Oh, these look so good! Love the giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed that I win! :)

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Katherine March 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Those muffins look delicious

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Yum Yum,muffins look tasty!

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Whole grains sounds great!

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Marnely Rodriguez-Murray March 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Those muffins look divine!

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I like some whole grains, like steel cut oatmeal.

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Beth @ Hungry Happenings March 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I really do need to add more whole grains to my diet, but I never know what to buy. Would love to win to try out all the products.

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I have been trying to incorporate more whole grains into my family’s meals. This awesome giveaway would really help me do that.

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This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing…I will share with my Pinterest Fans :-)

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Looks like a good recipe. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Pam March 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Great giveaway. The muffins look amazing.

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I love whole grains too! Sounds like a fun giveaway!

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Sarah S March 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

The Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Muffins look delicious!

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Katrina March 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I love whole grains, too! If I could convince my family the same, I’d use them all the time.

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Katie Roch March 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

The muffins look amazing and I love that they’re healthier than the typical muffin

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This is a great giveaway – thanks!

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Carol N March 23, 2013 at 5:41 am

Love muffins that have whole grains…these look wonderful

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Beth March 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

So disappointed that I don’t qualify – but the muffins sound great anyway!

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mpotter March 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

this is not an entry; but a legitimate question regarding these delish muffins.

can you sub out the sour cream? would yogurt (plain or vanilla??) work as well?

Thanks!
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jerseygirl March 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I think you could use plain or vanilla yogurt as well as buttermilk. I alternate those ingredients all the time.

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Margot C March 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

That is a clever recipe, I have always thought that zucchini bread (similar to the muffins) could use a jolt a sugary sweetness; chocolate! (why ever not!)

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Cool giveaway. I try my best to do whole grains. Because of my blood work and diet problems. I need to look for these in the big grocery store. I see a couple of things I’d really like to try.

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We have been trying to incorporate more whole grains into our diet, these would be great to try.

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I have been trying to get healthier and have started with what we eat. More fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains. This is a great giveaway to help me better meal planning.

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Laurie Emerson April 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Thank you for sharing the recipe. There is nothing better in the world than finding a new recipe, especially for breakfast!

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Lots of awesome goodies! What a giveaway! I love Bob’s products too!
Thank you!

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mysweetiepiepie January 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Everything sounds delicious :+)

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Amy L March 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

I’m going to try your muffin recipe. My husband isn’t a muffin fan, but with chocolate chips in them I think he may like them :)

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