Karen’s Famous Banana Blueberry Muffins

Everybody raves about my friend Karen’s Banana Blueberry Muffins, but I’ve never had them before, so I decided to give it a go.  After whipping them up and scarfing down 4 of them all by myself, I can honestly tell you that they are freakin’ good.  They’re not too sweet and have a nice nutty flavor to them from the oats and flax.  Mine were a tad bit over-baked at 23 minutes, so it might depend on your oven.  Even so, they were still delish. I’d check them at 18-19 minutes.  They should be uber moist.  Oh, and if you haven’t guessed, my friend Karen subscribes to a healthy lifestyle, so the muffins are healthy, too….which means you can eat more of them and not feel guilty.  Happy baking…and eating!

baked goods

Karen’s Famous Banana Blueberry Muffins

3 ripe bananas
<3/4 c. Sugar (slightly)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 1/2 cup oats
1-2 Tbs (guess) flax meal
1/2 c blueberries (guess to your liking)
1/2 c walnuts (to your liking)

Preheat oven to 350, I like to make muffins. You can put into bread form as well.  I’ve also modified with chocolate chips!

Cook time muffins:  22-25 min  (Might depend on your oven.  Check them at 18-19 minutes.)

non stick muffin cups

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Sick Day: Mini PB chocolate cups and Season 1 Homeland

I’ve been sick as a dog lately….sore throat, dry cough, sinus headache, runny nose, itchy eyes.  I seriously don’t know how my nose has not fallen off yet ‘cause I’ve been blowing snot out of it every other second.  Sorry for the grossness!  I wanted you to get the full visual.  What makes matters worse is this past weekend, the city was full of fun activities- Hardly Strictly Blue Grass festival, Blue Angels, Castro Street Fair, etc.  So while everybody else was smiling in the sun having a dandy time cruising the city, I was stuck indoors nursing a cold.  Boo.  The only good thing about it was I got to keep company with a few pretty awesome distractions.

Distraction #1: Mini PB chocolate cups from Trader Joes

Somehow these lil’ nubs make you feel less guilty about consuming chocolate because  they are about 1/10th of the size of a Reese’s Cup.  My only caution is that they are like potato chips…you can’t just have one.  Not sure why but when I’m sick, I give myself permission to eat more generously to make myself feel better.  I rationalize that my body needs more nutrients.  That’s how I talked myself into feeling OK about eating half the tub!  DANGEROUS.

trader joes chocolate

Distraction #2: Homeland, Season 1

If you watched the Emmy’s, then you know that this show is the new darling of the industry…and for good reason.  It’s amazing and addictive.  Every time I finish watching an episode, I say “whoa.”  Acting is fantastic and I especially love the way all the characters say the F bomb with such gusto and emphasis on the F.   Here’s the synopsis from the official Showtime site:

Hero or traitor? M.I.A. in Afghanistan for eight years and subjected to unthinkable torture at the hands of al-Qaeda, Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is finally coming home. CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Emmy® winner Claire Danes) believes he has been turned and become part of a plot to be carried out on American soil. But the volatile Carrie has some demons of her own. Nothing is as it seems in HOMELAND, an edge-of-your-seat thriller that also stars Emmy® winner Mandy Patinkin.

Watch it and thank me later.