Oatmeal Banana Craisin Muffins: O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

It’s What’s Cooking Wednesday and also the first full day of O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Here is my fast, easy, tasty (just like we like ’em!) O Food recipe based on this one from Cooks.com:

Oatmeal Banana Craisin® Muffins
(makes 6 large and 12 mini-muffins)

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c mashed bananas (3 bananas)
  • 3/4 c honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c oatmeal (rolled oats)
  • 3/4 c Craisins® (or raisins or dried cranberries)

1. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.

2. Cream together butter and brown sugar.

3. Add eggs, bananas, honey and vanilla.

4. Mix rest of ingredients except Craisins® together and add to batter.

5. Stir in Craisins®.

6. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full of mixture.

7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes for the large muffins; 10-12 minutes for mini-muffins. Remove when top springs back to the touch.

Buon appetito!

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
  • In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
  • When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
and help spread the word!

23 Beans of Wisdom to “Oatmeal Banana Craisin Muffins: O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month”
  1. yum. I love Craisins or raisins and oatmeal together.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..As America faces our biggest financial crises since the Great Depression…

    Me too…and it’s getting cooler! Time for baking again 🙂

  2. Yum.

    My brown sugar was ganked out of my suitcase on my way home. 🙁

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Bar La Torre: The Best Sicilian Granita in Calabria

    Most uncool 🙁

  3. 09.17.2008

    I’d like to put your pretty pink box on my blog, but when I just copy and paste it, I lose the pink box. What am I doing wrong?

    saretta’s last blog post..New Kitty on the Block

    You’re not doing anything wrong, Saretta; the pink box is actually written into my template as what to do when I have blockquotes. Your template may have something for blockquotes too (maybe not pink, but some other background color?) and the way you do that is put < blockquote > (without spaces) before the text and then < / blockquote > (again, no spaces) after the text. Hope this helps!

  4. joanne at frutto della passione

    Gorgeous muffins. Lovely to look at but I have been sicky yucky for two days and the idea of cooking or eating is totally unappealing to me, and that’s just wrong! Oh well, hopefully this too will pass.

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..An announcement and a contest

    Oh no! Seems a lot of Italy has been sick lately. Hope you get that urge to cook and eat very soon 🙂

  5. vanessa

    What is a CRAISIN???

    Second dumb question: and can you get them in Southern Italy??

    There’s a link to their site in the post–they’re dried cranberries, some with other flavors added; I like the orange-flavored ones. I doubt they’re available in southern Italy unless you have a mom who sends you them (like I do) 🙂

  6. 09.17.2008

    These look fabulous!!!

    While you are already on your first recipe…I am still trying to think of foods that start or end with *O*.

    Hmmm….Tortellin-o, beef stew-o, chicken marsal-o, oh, GELATO!!!

    Ah ha!! Found one!!

    My Mélange’s last blog post..Pesto Tortellini

    Well how about PestO 😉

  7. 09.17.2008

    Looks delicious — and thanks for explaining the blockquote thing. I tried getting the text box in a post last night and gave up. Tonight is blog night though — need to get up my WCW post and also fix Monday’s. Can’t wait for the weekend — your muffins look scrummy. I may get a batch in the oven and then get started on blog stuff 🙂

    City Girl’s last blog post..Tour del Gelato (and Indie Spotlight) — il laboratorio del gelato

    Well I’m always pro-muffins, that’s for sure 🙂 Glad the blockquote thing is cleared up!

  8. 09.17.2008

    Michelle, this is a wonderful project. I’ll post my O recipe for next week. I’ll also get over to the foundation site later today.

    I was so sad to hear about Gina’s diagnosis.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Healthy Comfort Food: “Fried” Chicken, “Fries,” and Greens

    Thanks Jen!

  9. 09.17.2008

    OH I am SO making those, today in fact!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sorry to hear about Gina’s diagnosis!

    Hope you enjoy Louise 🙂

  10. 09.17.2008

    Yum. Would you mind bringing one of those to my desk right now? (What’s that? You’re in Italy? Dang.)

    Stefanie’s last blog post..I guess I could go my usual route and type “Mannibal Morpse”…

    You know I would if I could!

  11. 09.17.2008


    My friend’s mother and, I believe, aunt both died from this – far, far, too young.

    I will try to come up with an “O” recipe for next week’s What’s Cooking Wednesday.

    {your muffins look super yummy}

    Norma-ann’s last blog post..Creamy Pesto Shrimp with Linguini and Asparagus.

    Sorry to hear of your friend’s relatives; so many women and their families have been touched by ovarian cancer 🙁 Looking forward to your recipe!

  12. 09.17.2008

    What a delicious way to support an excellent cause!

    Cakespy’s last blog post..Cuppie Capers: The Horror!

    Thanks so much for stopping by Jessie 🙂

  13. I just posted an oatmeal recipe too! 🙂

    JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen’s last blog post..O Foods: Oatmeal Carrot Date Bread, the Banana Bread Alternative!

    YUM! Looks great Jenn 🙂

  14. 09.18.2008

    wow, the news about gina depalma is very sad. i am glad that you are spearheading this endeavor to raise awareness (i didn’t even know it was ovarian ca awareness month). i’m not sure if i will get a food post up before month’s end or not, but if i do, it will be an “o” food for sure! (maybe D. could do his secret recipe for okra…he has one, in kid you not!)

    qualcosa di bello’s last blog post..keeping me sane…

    I knew I could count on you for okra…I wanna see it!

  15. 09.18.2008

    these look great!

    angel’s last blog post..calories don’t count on your birthday

    Thanks Angel, and I absolutely agree with the title of your post above 🙂

  16. 09.18.2008

    Color me appetized! Mine is going up tomorrow! Looking forward to seeing the rest of them.. Looks like there will be a lot of baking going on in my house after this contest is over.

    NewWrldYankee’s last blog post..What is an Expat?

    I hear you! I’m looking forward to lots of great recipes for October baking and cooking 🙂

  17. 09.18.2008

    Hmm…so, I have a question. I want to participate, because this is something that actually has a lot of personal significance for me, but I’m having an issue with the recipe thing because all I’m eating lately is pre-made Jenny Craig food, so cooking (and therefore photographing) is out of the question right now. BUT, I was thinking I could use an old FABULOUS recipe of mine…and I would totally consider it an O food, because A)it looks like “O’s” when it’s done, and B) it has TWO “o’s” in the title…but they are neither at the beginning nor the end…they are smack dab in the middle (whOOpie pies).

    I’m going to post it regardless, because it’ll get the word out, and it’ll be fun to run the recipe again, but just don’t know if I can enter the contest with it…what do you think? 😉

    Karina’s last blog post..Monday Morning Meme

    Well with arguments like that, how can I say no? Go for it Karina 🙂 (I *love* whoopie pies!)

  18. 09.22.2008

    wonderful recipe. great cause.

    I love O foods…olives, oysters, okra, oatmeal, octopus, onions, oranges, orzo

    the mouse (my blog) is doing the alphabet this month and it happens tomorrow is the day for the letter O – how perfect is this.

    kim’s last blog post..n is for nature

    Ooh I love serendipity 🙂 Glad you came by Kim!

  19. 10.03.2008

    Looks beautifully delicious!

    myfrenchkitchen’s last blog post..Montgolfière en France

    Thanks Ronell!

  20. Mesothelioma Awareness

    Very colorful. Looks tasty too!


  21. J.C.

    I love bananas…I think it is perfect snack for my family…

    Enjoy 🙂

    .-= J.C.´s last blog ..Ovarian Cysts Pregnancy =-.



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