Rx Recipes: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Muffins

The perfect on-the-go food for a quick breakfast or a study snack

Recipe by Isabel Schueppel | Published September 19, 2022

Side-by-side photos of chocolate chip banana muffins and a headshot of Isabel Schueppel standing with a horse

Our Rx Recipes series explores recipes provided by faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. With the academic year back in full-swing, second-year student Isabel Schueppel, brings you this recipe for the perfect on-the-go breakfast or study snack.

2 cups rolled oats
4 large bananas
1 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs
6 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease muffin pans and set aside
  2. In a high speed blender or food processor, add all of the ingredients and blend until a smooth batter remains
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips
  4. (Optional) Add peanut butter, pecans, or walnuts to the mixture if desired
  5. Pour the batter into the muffin pans and bake for 35-40 minutes

This recipe comes to us from second-year student, Isabel Schueppel. As with most pharmacy school students, she is extremely busy between things like classes, co-curriculars, internships, and jobs. But she loves this recipe for a pre-made, grab-and-go breakfast that delivers some good nutrition as well as being easy to make.

“I grew up watching my mom in the kitchen finding creative ways to present food,” Isabel says. “Cooking has always been a passion of mine. Fueling your body with healthy and nutritious foods is key to maintaining focus and energy to study.”

In fact, Isabel helps her classmates maintain focus and energy with this recipe. “I bring them muffins on a weekly basis!” she says. “I am so grateful for the friends I have made at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.”

Isabel was born in Germany, but grew up in Atlanta. She went to undergrad at Berry College in Rome, Georgia where she majored in biochemistry and German. She chose pharmacy school for the patient-centered focus of the profession. She explains, “I believe pharmacy will allow me to make the biggest impact on my community while viewing my patients holistically.”

Isabel’s plans for post-graduation are to pursue veterinary pharmacy.  She shares, “I am very passionate about helping animals and my hope is to develop longer-acting medications that are easier to administer to companion animals.”

Thank you, Isabel, for the recipe!