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!
Karen’s Famous Banana Blueberry Muffins
3 ripe bananas
<3/4 c. Sugar (slightly)
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.)
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.
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.