>> Thursday, February 10, 2011
They're sort of like cookies. Sort of like muffins. And made without butter or sugar. All signs point to healthy so -- of course -- you know I'm eating them for breakfast as often as possible. If you really break it down, it's like gobbling up a hearty oatmeal bowl full of bananas, nuts, and chocolate.
Well, with a side of dry toast (the flour wouldn't be in an oatmeal bowl -- oh well). Still, not too shabby, if you ask me.
BANANA-WALNUT MUFFIN TOPS
What you'll need . . .
- 2 large bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup hazelnut (or other nut) meal
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats (uncooked)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Handful walnuts
- Handful chocolate chips
Method . . .
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, use the paddle attachment to mash the bananas on high speed until gooey/eggy. Then mix in the vanilla extract and maple syrup.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, hazelnut meal (if you don't have it -- just process some other nuts in a food processor until flour-like), oats, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until well incorporated.
- Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Bake for 16 to 18 minutes until golden brown. Let cool a bit before serving.
Finally made some time to snap a fashion photo for you. These are all staples from my 30 for 30 this month. I love the striped shirt most of all.
Striped shirt: J. Crew
Scarf: TJ Max
I know it seems a bit crazy to wear cropped jeans and shoes with no socks when it "feels like" -2 degrees F outside. That's why I bundle like a maniac before heading to work. I don't go OUT like this.
No, I look far more sexy. Oh, yeah . . .
Thankfully, the heat at work is boiling hot, so I enjoy stripping down the layers after my quarter-mile walk from the car to my office door. I do need to find a looser hat because I curled my hair this morning, but you'd never know it now.
How does the weather impact your style? Lately, I've felt like living in sweats because they're warm and layer-able. Oh, I'm looking forward to spring! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.
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