The other day I made the most delicious banana bran muffins as a study snack. I know, I sound like an absolute grandma, but they were so tasty and I couldn’t resist trying to make comfort food a little bit healthier (ok, truth is I had some wheat bran sitting around that I literally hadn’t touched since I made a variation on my quinoa granola and I had a few ancient bananas that were minutes away from rotting, so I thought I might as well whip something up while I was thinking about it). The recipe I followed was super easy and the muffins came out so moist and fluffy. Did I tell myself I’d only have one and share the rest then end up eating five in the same day? Yes, but seeing how fast my housemates finished the rest, I will definitely be doubling (or tripling) the recipe during the next go around!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Ingredients: (makes 12)
– 1/2 cup butter, softened
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 3 ripe bananas, mashed
– 1/4 cup milk
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 eggs
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup wheat bran
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar together until fluffy. Then add bananas, vanilla and eggs. Mix well. Finally, stir in flour, bran, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour batter into muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes then test with a toothpick to see if centers are baked through yet. If toothpick does not come out clean, bake for another 5 minutes. Remove muffins from oven and let cool in pan. Then transfer from pan to wire cooling rack to cool completely. Lastly, dig in!!
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The other day I re-watched Julia and Julia. I really love that movie. Something about seeing people so passionate about what they are doing really speaks to me. I was always jealous of friends growing up who absolutely knew for certain that the wanted to be X, Y, or Z. I always felt like I was just tumbling through life without a real goal in mind. While I have some short-term and medium-term and probably even some long-terms goals, I don’t have any over-arching passion that’s driving my life. At least not one that I am aware of! There’s something so beautiful about having a calling in life… guess time will tell for me!
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Can you believe Christmas is already come and gone? I arrived back home from the west coast on Monday night at midnight so these past few days have been a whirlwind of last-minute present wrapping, lots of cooking and cleaning, and of course tons of wonderful family time! Today my family and I will be traveling to Burlington, Vermont for a little holiday escape. Hope everyone else is finding a nice way to unwind from the Christmas craziness!
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I was never a huge coffee drinker growing up; I hated the taste and I didn’t care about the caffeine. But ever since hitting college I haven’t been able to get enough of the stuff. I don’t drink coffee for the caffeine per-se (it actually hurts my stomach sometimes if I have too much), but for the taste and consistency. Also I love the lifestyle! Is there anything better than a warm cup of coffee on a cold day? Or two better words than “coffee date?” I think not. I saw this pic on one of my favorite blogs recently, and I thought it was just genius. Next time you’re brunching with friends or looking for a classy way to enjoy your morning coffee, try using a wine glass instead of a mug! It’s simple, chic, and let’s you enjoy the beautiful color of freshly poured coffee!
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