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What you need:


1 cup old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup buttermilk (1% or fat-free)
1 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup bananas (mased and ripe, 2 or 3 bananas)
1/2 cup light brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)

What you do:

Preheat oven to  200 C /400 F / gas mark 6.

Drop foil liners into a 12-cavity muffin tin with 3-inch cups.

In large mixing bowl, combine oats and buttermilk and set aside for 1 hour.

Coat inside of liners generously with cooking spray and set aside. Or, spray muffin tin without using liners; this produces muffins with a chewier crust.

In small bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Break egg into bowl with soaked oats and beat it lightly with fork, then mix it in. Add applesauce, banana and sugar, and whisk until wet ingredients are well blended. Add dry ingredients, whisking just until they are combined: over mixing makes muffins tough.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle walnuts over top of muffins.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until bamboo skewer inserted into centre of the  muffin comes out clean. Let sit for 3 minutes, then turn the muffins out onto wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Note: If not using liners, run a thin knife around between muffins and pan before turning them out.

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