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Skor Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Ah, it’s back to school time and that means I am back in the kitchen full force! Boy, did I ever slack this summer with my traditional baking. Sure, I did camping recipes galore but I haven’t baked a muffin in months!

However school lunches have now forced me to get back to the traditional baking of muffins and cookies. These latest ones were a hit with the whole family, how could they not be with Skor bits in them!

Although I did play around with the recipe a bit, substituting palm sugar instead of white, butter instead of oil, chewy whole oats and those hemp hearst/flax seed addition as well, this is still what I would consider a treat in this house. However thanks to the substitutions I feel a lot better feeding these to the kids!

Oatmeal Banana Muffins

You can play around and substitute applesauce for the oil if wanted. I like butter in my muffins, it just makes them so much better tasting. The butter WILL start to harden when you put it into your milk mixture, so fair warning. I consider it like cutting butter into flour for biscuits, these little butter bits just bake up so lovely in muffins. However you might freak out when you see little butter bits floating in your milk mixture.

This is also a large recipe but fill up those 12 standard muffin tins (make sure it’s non-stick!) The muffins come over the top just slightly and you get these amazing, bakery style muffin tops.

Man, there is nothing I like better than a good muffin top.

Just not when I’m wearing tight jeans.

Oatmeal Banana Muffins


So has anyone else started “hitting the kitchen” again? Are you back into your school time flow of things?

I think I am almost there. This year is just hitting me hard with getting back into the swing of things. School is going only mediocre for the kids, we aren’t having a good start to the year at all – first time ever – and I’m just not inspired.

I think I have the Back To School Blues, only I don’t think I am supposed to, isn’t that just for kids? I have it in reverse, I am not happy with this year, things are not going well, I don’t know if it’s my son’s age and grade (5) but September just plain ol’ sucked school-wise. We were late all the time. Edmonton traffic is just plain ol’ getting me down. I’m stressed out in the mornings.

Should I have been warned when Mr K threw up on the way to school that it was an omen for the rough month ahead?

So a question to parents, does it start getting harder in Grade 5? The classroom drama’s, even with boys?  I thought this didn’t start until Grade 6, the hormones and the tougher times with friends….sigh.

Oh Lordy, to be able to just go back to Grade 1 again….




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Skor Oatmeal Banana Muffins

  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 18 min
  • Total Time: 23 min


Skor bits make these Oatmeal Banana muffins just that little bit more decadent! Pssst. Hide healthy hemp hearts in these and your kids will never know the difference!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 palm sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Skor bits
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, soda,salt,skor bits hemp and flax.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg lightly. Stir in the milk, oil (or melted butter), and vanilla. Add the mashed banana, and combine thoroughly.
  4. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined, don’t overmix!
  5. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper bake cups, and divide the batter evenly among them. The batter will be up to the top but you are going to get lovely over-the-edge crispy “muffin tops” with this recipe!
  6. Bake at 400 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 12



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  • Reply
    February 27, 2016 at 5:06 am

    These are absolutely delicious!

  • Reply
    Karlynn Johnston
    October 7, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Yes, or sub brown. Palm has a unique toffee/caramel like favor that adds to this muffin though and it’s better for you!

  • Reply
    October 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    1/2 cup Palm sugar?

  • Reply
    October 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    How much skor bits for the muffins?

    • Reply
      October 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Ladb Half a cup,I edited them in!

  • Reply
    October 6, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Am I missing something or is there no mention of Skor bits in this recipe? Wondering how much to use…

    • Reply
      October 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      @Danielle Half a cup of the bits,thanks for catching that!

  • Reply
    Louise Richer
    October 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I have a grandchild in grade 5 and last year in Grade 4 at her school,she had a locker, 6 different teachers. Way too young for such a big transition. Her Mom teaches lower elementary and frowns upon the early change.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Alison I think the moms need a wine night out and soon!!!

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    Alison Mitchell
    October 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Hmmm, I could share some stories with ya’!

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    Pamela Marriott
    October 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Wait till hormones kick in. My best advice stay urber involved at school and with your child . Insist on family time even though at some time they will fight it. I now hear about all the family things we did even though at the time she may not have wanted too. Keep up communicated academic expectations. Have chores. Very important. Even if you can do it faster and better resist to do it yourself or redo it. Keep your sense of humor and that will be hard at times. Having many different teachers at grade 5 is a big leap. One taken too early in my opinion..

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Yes! It’s like I have a different kid this year! I do blame a lot of it on the upheaval that’s happened and this crazy ass change of different teachers, rooms etc. Kade needs a little more stability than what’s going on, personality-wise he doesn’t do well with the chaos (as I’ve come to name it) that goes on. He needed those extra 2 years before ACTUAL Junior high! I know a lot of parents at my school are on the same page, but it helps to know it’s more than just our school.

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    Melissa Penney
    October 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    It’s been messy. I’m public enemy number one at school because I dared to say the system wasn’t working. I’m not alone, but you know me…I’m not vocal or anything. Fortunately in comparison with a lot of his peers he’s doing quite well with the adjustment, but it’s very weird seeing some of these kinds of marks and disorganization coming from him. So no, you’re not alone. You are exactly like every single grade 5 parent I have talked to this year. The funny thing is, junior high is going to be a breeze (because they actually did it in grade 5). Poor little kids.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I am freaking homeschooling for Junior High. I kid you not. If this grade is any indication of what’s coming….sigh.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Oh good, not just me. Yes, Kade has different teachers and different rooms. No locker yet. Glad to know I’m not alone. This year has been crazy and we are all having a hard time adjusting. A LOT of change. Too much, in my opinion.

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    Melissa Penney
    October 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Uh. You’re preaching to the choir. Brodie has a locker and 5 different teachers and has to travel from class to class between periods. No one told me junior high started in grade 5.

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