Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Silence and Banana Muffins

I decided to go ahead and blog right now because the boys WERE deep into their history and quiet. WERE. Wait, it's quiet again. They get into serious debates about math charts, angles-stuff I don't understand and they are debating it. So it's all quiet again in the house. I love the quiet. I think because it is such a rare sound. If I'm in the car alone, also rare, I turn the radio off. I just want to think or just be. Can you relate?

This morning, I got up a bit early and made banana muffins. I started with a recipe way back when my 20 yr old was 2 and have altered it into what I love. I'll share it with you here today. It's definitely worth trying. You may be hooked. They are the very best, real muffin I have ever had, although I may be a partial to this particular banana muffin.  :)

makes about 2 dozen muffins

4  ripe bananas
1  cup packed brown sugar
1/2  cup Smart Balance Oil 
1  large egg
1  cup all purpose flour
1  whole wheat flour
1/4  cup flax seed meal
1  tsp baking powder
1  tsp baking soda
1/2  tsp salt
1/2  cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1  Tbls vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line the muffin pans with paper liners. I spray the paper liners with non stick spray.

Peel the bananas, (put the peels in your compost bucket) break them into pieces and place in large mixing bowl. Beat with mixer until they are smashed good. Be careful, they jump out sometimes! 
Add brown sugar, oil and egg; beat until smooth.
Add flours, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt; beat until smooth.
Add yogurt and vanilla ; beat until combined.

Fill muffin liners 3/4 full.  Sprinkle a bit of brown sugar and some oats on top before baking.

Bake about 25 minutes.

Cool slightly.  Eat and enjoy!!