Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shiny Red Recipe!

Some people think that being a housewife is boring.

I happened to disagree, but even so sometimes I like to create little challenges to keep myself fresh.

Remember when I mentioned that we were eating through the freezer? Well, we're not just eating through the freezer, in fact I am trying to spend the week eating only what food is already in the house. I did make an exception for milk and fresh fruit, but other than that we are eating the food we have.

Yesterday we ran out of cheerios and Mighty Bites (or as Lily calls them "ones who swim in the milk"). Today the children grudgingly ate "reject" cereal but I know that they will not go along with that for long.

Today I decided to pretend that it wasn't 94 degrees out with 90% humidity and baked muffins so that my sweet cherubs will have something delicious and nutritious with which to fill their poor starving bellies.

One of my favorite cereal substitutes is this recipe. It's a bit of a mash-up of several different recipes and it has enough healthy ingredients that I can ignore the sugar...and butter. The best part about muffins for breakfast? You can eat them on the go or throw one in your purse so you don't grow faint and cranky from hunger. This is especially important while out junking.

Shiny Red Banana, Honey, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Muffins

1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of butter, room temperature
2 eggs
2 ripe mashed bananas (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of milk
1 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup of oatmeal
chocolate chips- As many as your heart desires. I probably use about 2 cups because I believe that chocolate chips are an important part of a balanced diet.


Honey!


Bananas!


Oatmeal!


Whole wheat flour!


Eggs!


Brown sugar!


Heaven! I mean chocolate chips!


* Heat oven to 375
* Cream together brown sugar and softened butter (I use a Kitchen-Aid Mixer, but a hand mixer should be fine
* Pause to notice how beautiful those ingredients are together
* Add eggs, bananas, honey and milk
* Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
* Stir until blended
* Add chocolate chips (Sample some to make sure that the quality is up to snuff)
* Spoon into cute muffin wrappers and cook for 20 minutes

Let cool and delight your friends and family!

8 comments:

Sullygirl2001 said...

Love them!!! Hope they tast as good as they sound...I'm happy to hear there is another women like me who know's how important it is to have fresh baked goodies in the house even if it is 100 degrees!
You've insired me to go bake my boys some brownies...check out this blog, lot's of great goody recipts to be had http://cookiesandcups.blogspot.com
Enjoy! XXXOOO

Cheryl Duford said...

The recipe is inspired. I'd add raisins or better yet, dried cranberries to feel even more virtuous about the sugar. F'get about the butter - it's a non-starter. Remember Thanksgiving at Memere's? Butter is one of the 4 basic food groups for anyone with Hebert genes!

Editorial note: the humidity was only 69% today.

I'm worried that come August we're not going to be enjoying your daily blog because you'll be reduced to a Sara-puddle.

Love, C

Pom Pom said...

What else is in the freezer?

Lisa said...

yummy! You do sound like you are having fun eating what you have!
Hugs, Lisa

Michael said...

Hi Sara,

You do seem a bit young to be going through "The Change", so maybe the problem is a lack of venting in the roof. My house is a 1.5 story and I just put 2 through the roof power vents in and the temperature dropped 15 degrees. Email me if you would like more information.

Your recipes look great. Maybe you'll become the next Wednesday Chef.

Michael

mgster said...

These really, really look good. And they have whole wheat flour and oats...so technically it's "health food". Kind of.
I keep trying to do that "let's eat what we already have in the house (including that huge freezer in the basement filled so full that when you open the door you better NOT be wearing flip-flops). I do okay until I go shopping. Then, of course, they have all these great deals and I just better stock up now because you never know, Shop-Rite can just close it doors during the night and sneak out of town...even though they've been here at least 40 years. But my grown children like my hoarding...I mean grocery shopping obsession. When we get invited over to dinner they just love the hostess gift mom brings them. The full shopping bag of peanut butter, mayo, napkins, canned peaches, etc. No flowers from this lady! My husband just rolls his eyes and lugs the stuff in. But, really, I am actually shopping this morning and I am bound and determined to train myself to shop for just the two of us. It's so hard after all these years of shopping for a family of five.

Jean said...

Good looking muffins. Of course I like butter on them. One of our bedrooms has a small closet. It was in our sons room when he was still at home. Our daughter had the smallest room but it at least had a double closet which she wanted. So now they are gone they are all mine. I would die for a walk in closet but I will take what I can get. You have a great day,
Jean in Virginia

Ginger said...

Hmm those muffins look good. I always have to sample the chocolate chips too, just to make sure they aren't stale or anything. I just happen to have a bag of whole wheat flour in the pantry, cause my blogging friend Justine made me buy it to make dog bisquits...that my dog hated cause they have peanut butter in them. All the kid's dogs that come to visit love them though.
I am going to make some of these muffins. I second what Mgster said, I have to start shopping and cooking for just two of us, now that the kids don't live at home anymore.