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Monday, April 12, 2021

Banana Pecan Irish Oatmeal Muffins

Irish oatmeal, bananas, and pecans in a breakfast-sized jumbo "muffin." The quotation marks are because it has a denser texture like banana bread -- hey! It would make great bread, too!

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I love Irish Oatmeal. I love to cook it slowly in my rice cooker until it has a nice, creamy texture. And I frequently end up with overripe bananas in our kitchen — so I decided to combine the two and try making a Banana Pecan Irish Oatmeal Muffin recipe.

This one is timed for using a jumbo muffin pan — as it says in the recipe, you’ll need to make adjustments if you’re using smaller muffin tins. But the fact that BOTH my picky daughter and husband liked this one is reassuring — though they did point out that it has not a “fluffy muffin texture” but is denser, like banana bread. That being the case, I think it would ALSO be great as a banana bread. I’d just set the oven to 350 degrees F and bake it quite a bit longer.

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Banana Pecan Oatmeal Muffins

These are muffins — but the texture is more like banana bread, and you can bake them as such. The recipe makes 8 jumbo muffins (or one loaf, or many more smaller muffins)
This recipe presupposes that you are cooking the Irish oatmeal in advance. Cook it according to the package instructions if you want, but my favorite way is to prep it in the rice cooker on the "porridge" setting until it's a nice thick texture.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Baking, Breakfast, Muffins
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Jumbo Muffins
Calories 313 kcal

Special Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Jumbo Muffin Pan
  • Mixer (recommended)


  • 3 bananas overripe, mashed
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oatmeal cooked Irish oatmeal, but regular oatmeal would likely work just as well
  • .5 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • .75 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt

How to Make It

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • This depends on your muffin pans! Mine can be a bit sticky, and I like to coat them with a bit of cooking spray for easy release.
  • Mix together all of your moist ingredients, including the cooked oatmeal and mashed bananas.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughy combined.
  • Stir in the chopped pecans.
  • Fill your muffin pans about 2/3 full.
  • Bake the muffins for about 25 minutes — remove when they're a golden brown, and a toothpick you stick in the center comes out clean. I'd start checking your muffins after about 20 minutes as each oven is a bit different. Note that I am using a JUMBO muffin pan here. With a standard muffin pan, you'll need less time — I'd start checking them after 15 minutes.



Banana Bread

My husband and daughter liked these (which says a lot) but pointed out they had a heavier banana-bread texture and weren’t “fluffy like a muffin.” So I think they’d make perfect banana bread. For that, I’d lower the temperature to 350 degrees F, I think and bake them for a bit longer — again when you can stick it in the middle and whatever you stick it with doesn’t come out with batter goo on it.

Mo’ Muffins

I made this recipe with a jumbo muffin pan. If you’re using standard-size muffins, you may need to adjust your timing a bit.


Nutrition Facts
Banana Pecan Oatmeal Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 455mg20%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 97IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword artisan bread, baking, bananas, muffin, oatmeal
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Cheryl is a former Occupational Therapist and WordPress enthusiast who became a writer in some parallel universe and occasionally, but infrequently, publishes things in this one. She writes two blogs (or is it three) which she won't quit because she knows that blogs, in her case, are like a hydra and if she cuts one off two more will take its place. When she's not doing that, she enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking (formerly fast, now ebike), messing around with Adobe illustrator, making assorted things, meditating (though she wouldn't call that "like," and reading. She normally doesn't speak about herself in the third person, but she sometimes uses "we" in the royal sense while writing this blog. She lives in Poulsbo, WA with her spouse, her youngest adult daughter, a very old mutt, and a Siamese cat.
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