I had a craving for these yummy banana muffins and since it has been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, I thought I would share this one. We had a few bananas sitting around getting ripe so I made this delicious chocolate chip banana muffin recipe (with chopped walnuts) by modifying another recipe I owned. I love making a recipe my own by throwing in other ingredients or modifying it in some way. Must be the artist in me. Hope you like it!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2 C. Flour
1/2 C. Wheat Flour
1-1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 egg (slightly beaten)
1 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 C. Yogurt (vanilla or plain)
1/4 C. Maple Syrup
1/4 C. Granulated Sugar
2 T. Vegetable Oil
1/2 C. Walnuts – coarsely chopped
1 C. Chocolate Chips
3 Ripe Bananas – mashed
Throw all of above in a bowl. Mix with a large spoon until all ingredients are blended.
Add 3 T. water if it looks a little dry after mixing above ingredients.
Scoop into large greased muffin tin. Makes 6 extra large muffins. Bake 20 minutes or until done in center. Let cool 5 minutes. Enjoy with a slather of butter!
The Be Gentle, Be Love e-course I am taking has us exploring “joyfulness”. What I love about this course is you can take whatever you want from it. The course is on day 7 but I’m still back at Day 1. This course may take me much longer than the 30 days to get through. But then one can skip around with it because I’m saving all the emails in a folder and I can choose which one’s I want to work with or even revisit emails.
There is a lot in this course and I could see myself going through the emails 6 mo. from now and getting something totally different from it.
Art brings me joy! Joyfullness. I just love saying that word. Makes me happy just saying it out loud.
I am joyful!
I pulled out my sketchbook and with that on my mind did some random doodles. What makes me smile? That is the question. I just started drawing.
Trees and birdhouses bring me smiles.
Dancing chickens, peace signs, flying kites and spinning mobiles make me smile.
Little birdies and growing things make me happy.
I’m so glad this course has me playing with my sketch book! I needed some inspiration! I’ve already got a few ideas for some new paintings from this exercise.
And all this joyful drawing got me thinking about how baking brings me joy.
I had a craving for banana bread yesterday so got out my recipe box. I combined 3 banana bread recipes and made up my own. I didn’t want to use regular flour so I substituted spelt flour and oat bran instead.
Greg calls it Lindy’s Badass Banana Bread. I think he liked it. 🙂
Here’s the recipe:
3 bananas, mashed
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 C. plain yogurt
1/4 C. honey
2 T. Canola oil
1/2 t. salt
1-1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 C. Oat bran
3/4 C. Spelt flour
1/2 C. walnuts
I put all the ingredients in a bowl in order as I listed them above. I stirred it with a wooden spoon just till everything was blended. I didn’t over beat it. Then I poured the batter into a greased loaf pan and baked it at 350 degrees for 45 min. or till you put a knife into it and it comes out clean or till it looks nicely browned. Then I pulled it out and let it cool for 15 or 20 min. before I dumped it out on a cookie rack to cool. Slice and serve with a drizzle of honey. Yum!
One of my best friends, Heidi, in Seattle spoke those words in 1986. I can’t remember now what we were doing. Probably camping and tuning in with nature….loving the sunny day and eating oatmeal by the campfire for breakfast. I do specifically remember that I loved the simplicity of those words and wrote them down so I could scribble them into my empty book when I got home.
I thought of those words the other day when I was making oatmeal in the morning and I could see the mountains with the sun shining a glow across them.
I’m lucky, I didn’t grow up having to eat oatmeal every morning like some friends of mine I know. You’ve probably heard this before, how you can eat something when you’re a kid and then you begin to hate it cause you have to eat it, like every…single…morning. Well, that wasn’t my life…so I love oatmeal for breakfast!
To me, oatmeal is like a treat. But it became even more so when I found the recipe in my new cookbook, The Kind Diet. I’ve been pouring out enthusiasm about this book since I bought it. Everything I’ve made from it is delicious and no less the oatmeal! Can you believe it? Oatmeal? I didn’t think oatmeal could get any better than what it is already but it can!
Here’s the recipe quoted out of the book, The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone. Read Alicia’s blog, The Kind Life, too, if you’re interested in more from her.
Quick Date-Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal Makes 1 serving
1 Cup organic rolled oats
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
1/3 crisp apple, cut in cubes
About 5 dates, pitted and chopped
Fine sea salt to taste
3 shakes of ground cinnamon
Scant 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
“Bring a kettle of water to boil. Combine the oats, syrup, nuts, apple, and dates in a bowl. Add a pinch or two of salt, then pour on enough hot water to just cover the oats; don’t add too much or it will be watery. Cover the bowl with a plate or pot lid, and let the oatmeal stand until the oats have absorbed the water. Stir, and add a little more water if the oats look too dry. Let the oatmeal cool a little, and then drizzle with the flaxseed oil. Enjoy.”
Yay, you will love this recipe. And make sure you use the real rolled oats and not the quick minute kind! This is essential! And use real maple syrup…it’s better for you and is oh, so yummy!
My version of this recipe has changed a few times now that I’ve been making it. One morning I didn’t have an apple, so I used a pear! It was delicious! One day I didn’t have 5 dates, so I added 3 and added a handful of raisins. Yum! And one time I didn’t have the flaxseed oil but I did have ground flaxseed so I added that to the mix. Again, it was delicious!
I love Lemon Blueberry Muffins but I’ll get to that in a moment. First I want to tell you about my Artist Interview. I was asked by Amy Komar, an Alaska artist who I met online, if I would do an Artist Interview for on her blog. I said Yes, I’d love to. It would be fun! We decided to trade interviews (I will be featuring Amy on my blog with her artist interview in the next couple weeks…so check back).
I first learned about Amy from discovering her blog titled Artist in the Arctic. I’ve been interested in Alaska for quite some time as I have relatives who live there and one of my best friends is living in Palmer, Alaska. I was enchanted by Amy’s writing from the start which I find to be very poetic. She talks about living authentically and I think she has keen insight…I found myself charmed and wanting to read more. AND her wonderful art is a source of much inspiration to me. I love looking at her paintings with their gorgeous color, pattern and line. I was lucky enough to do an art trade with her. I received one of her beautiful giclees (which I will talk about more when I post her artist interview)!
One of the things she asked me at the end of the artist interview, was to list (9 ) simple pleasures / delights from my day. Ahh, this to me was a special treat and only a kindred spirit would ask such a question!
I love the idea of stopping and taking notice….of being still and treasuring the Now. It is one of the reason’s why I do my An Artist’s Day Notes on my Blog…to stop and take notice and be present! So I stopped and thought about it….What were the simple delights from my day?
And I ask you reader, What are the simple pleasures from your day? Stop a moment and think about it. Tell me your list in the comments.
Below is my list from the artist interview:
1. watching the snow fall softly outside
2. seeing our two border collies play together and having so much fun in the now!
3. smelling fresh baked lemon blueberry muffins
4. getting a letter in the mail from an old friend
5. finding exactly what I need at the store amongst all the people scrambling with their holiday shopping
6. planning a coffee date with a friend
7. loving the look of light blue paint next to red
8. a big hug and a smile from my sweetie
9. feeling the house warm up after building a fire in the wood stove
Which brings me to the lemon blueberry muffins I listed in #3. I love this recipe! Sweet, yet tangy. Yummy, warm from the oven! Drizzled with butter and lemon juice, it’s a warm treat on a cold winter day!
My good friend Heidi (another kindred spirit) gave me the recipe a long time ago. I’ve known Heidi since we did our college internship together at the Seattle Art Museum back in 1981. Heidi loves to bake and she passed this recipe on to me which I will share with you below.
Lemon Blueberry Muffins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2 Cups Flour
2/3 Cup Sugar (plus 1 T. sugar – save for later)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Cup Lemon Yogurt
1/4 Cup salted butter or marg., melted and cooled
1 egg lightly beaten
1-2 tsp. grated lemon peel (I use 2 tsp)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Cups fresh or thawed and drained frozen blueberries
Grease 12 muffins cups
In a large bowl combine flour, 2/3 C. sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl combine yogurt, butter, egg, lemon peel and vanilla until blended.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and add yogurt mixture. Stir just to combine,
stir in blueberries.
Spoon into muffin cups, sprinkle with remaining 1 T. of sugar.
Bake 20-25 min. or until cake tester comes out clean.
Cool on rack 5 min., then remove and cool completely, store in air tight
container at room temp. These freeze well. Makes 12 muffins.
And if you make this recipe, let me know how you like it.