Basic Banana Muffins

Basic Banana Muffins! (see recipe below)

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love my Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook??

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Since I’m out tonight celebrating at a retirement party with some of my co-workers, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share another yummy recipe with you all. Hopefully you don’t object. ;)

So last night, I had to consult my favorite book to see what I could do with some outrageously ripe bananas. Rather than try anything crazy and new, I decided to go with the basic Banana Muffin recipe.

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I didn’t make too many substitutions, since the hubby doesn’t always appreciate when I “mess around with his food” – so I kept my changes simple, yet not “too healthy” by his standards. You’ll see them below in the recipe. ;)

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While the muffins taste absolutely delicious, I think I may have overmixed them a little bit. Muffins can be very delicate to bake, and you have to be careful to really only mix your batter until it is just combined. Otherwise, you’ll end up with peaked, smooth-topped muffins. Not that it changes the flavor at all, but they just don’t have that slightly rounded, bumpy top that is always so attractive on these little bundles of joy. :)

Basic Banana Muffins

(Makes 12 muffins)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup milk vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 oil unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups all purpose + 1/2 cup whole wheat
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed, very ripe bananas (I had 3, so I used them all)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray bottoms only of 12 medium muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, beat milk, bananas, applesauce, and egg with wire whisk until well mixed. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt all at once just until flour is moistened. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool. ENJOY! :-P

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These muffins would be totally delicious with some chocolate chips or raisins mixed in, but since the hubby likes his muffins “Plain Jane” style, I kept things as-is.

 

 

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Ohh the things we do for our guys! ;)

Question for the Evening:

What is your favorite kind of muffin???

Cleaning Out The Veggie Drawer

Since the rest of this week + weekend is pretty much going to consist of meals away from home, I wanted to make a pretty good dent in the veggie drawer for today’s lunch. Nothing is worse than spoiled produce!! :oops:

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I made another big mixed veggie salad with romaine lettuce, cukes, grape tomatoes, regular tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, dried cranberries, & reduced-fat feta cheese.

However, after putting it all together, I realized I was missing one very important piece to the nutritional puzzle…PROTEIN! Luckily, after scrounging around some of our cabinets, I came across a package of StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in water.

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These packages are great for packed lunches. No worries about draining any cans, and everything is ready for you as soon as you open the pouch. Heck, you could eat it right out of the pouch if that’s more your style. ;)

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I’m keeping my pouch sealed up right until lunch time, since I don’t want to cause too much “stinky” in the fridge. :shock:

I also packed up another delicious honey crisp apple to enjoy with lunch. I still can’t get over just how GOOD these are!!

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I’m sure this will be a nice and filling lunch. Mmmmmmm. :-P

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Tonight, I’m headed to a retirement party with some of my co-workers, complete with dinner & dancing, so I’m sure it’s gonna be a blasty.

If you happen to swing by the blog later this evening, however, you mayyyy just come across another yummy recipe…I’m just sayin’. ;)

Question for the Afternoon:

What’s your favorite source of protein for a salad?

A Spontaneous Start

This morning was a first!

Today was the first time I’ve ever gotten up before my alarm on a weekday, and decided to do some yoga when it wasn’t already planned. :shock:

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That never happens! As you know, I’m a total snoozer, so getting up is not always an easy task. However, when I woke up about 30 minutes before my alarm was set to go off this morning, I found myself with an overwhelming urge to do yoga. So I did…and it was great!

Just a quick trip to the good ‘ol boob tube (<—this phrase has made me laugh my entire life…I love it) and I was all set with my 10lb. Slimdown YOGA video. Nothing crazy, but considering I was planning an “off” day, I’m pretty pleased. :)

Wanna know what else I’m pretty pleased about??

Today’s breakfast:

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Blueberry Banana Muffin Overnight Oats!

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In the bowl:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 mashed, super ripe banana
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • almond butter (about 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 crumbled banana muffin

I know what you’re thinking… “Banana muffin?!? Wait, where’s the recipe Courtney?!?”

Don’t worry, the recipe will be comin’ your way very soon. ;)

While enjoying my oats this morning, my spoon also ended up making its way into another delicious goody that’s been hanging out in the fridge…

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Mom’s Homemade Applesauce! It was always one of my favorites growing up, and I love how it’s pink! Mmmm, so so good. :)

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Now I’ve got myself an amazing mug of Caramel Macchiato flavored coffee…and I’m ready to tackle my day!

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Hey, we may even see some sunshine here in Upstate today :shock: – things are lookin’ up!

Question for the Morning:

Do you ever have spontaneous workouts?