February 5, 2014

His and Her Muffins



I love healthy and smaller snacks throughout the day; like dried cranberries, apple slices, and clementines.  Gary likes healthy snacks too, but to him, one mention of a dried fruit and I get a scrunchy looking face reaction. Or, they should not be added in baked goods of any kind.  I respectfully disagree. :)





I adore chocolate, especially when they are part of a baked treat.  But I like to mix things up sometimes and get creative...as much as possible. I love muffins. They are my weakness next to donuts and specialty pastries.  Ugh, I die. I worked from home today and since mother nature hates us all because this winter is absolutely insane, there was lots of rain this morning, ice, and crazy winds. Apparent power outages were happening all over the place and therefore I think that's one reason my connection went down at around 1pm.  Weirdness.  I was perfectly fine from 730am-1pm.

While I stretched and walked around a bit, the urge to bake something got the best of me.  Or maybe it's because I did my work at the kitchen table today with all necessary kitchen equipment behind me.  





I wanted to bake something a tad healthier. And heck, I'm just happy I baked something delicious today and got to share it with you!  My last recipe I shared was from New Years Eve!  Sad. {not the recipe, that was good}!


I love these muffins because they are super moist , yet not over the top sweet and they have wonderful flavor!  Gary liked his chocolate muffin, as did I. But the cranberry was heaven as well!  I'd say it's a win-win!  You can totally fold in the toppings, but since I had the mashed up banana in there, I just placed them on top of the batter.  Either way, these are YUM.




His & Her Muffins { if your guy is picky }


Ingredients:

Dry:

1 1/4 cup AP flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder  
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

Wet:
 
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk or plain
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1 large ripe banana or 2 medium bananas; mashed
1/2 cup  of your favorite toppings; these had half dried cranberries and half semi-sweet chocolate chips

- Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.  In another smaller bowl, beat the egg first and whisk the wet ingredients together.  Mash banana first in the wet bowl.  Finally add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Combine well but don't over mix.

-Drop about a tablespoon of the batter in a lined muffin tin and top with your toppings. 

-Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Test batter with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.







Muffins, donuts, or other specialty pastries?

Do you have the option to work from home? If so, what do you get the urge to do if you are slow with work?


3 comments:

  1. Mmm.. these look good! And seem easy enough to make (which is ALWAYS a plus).

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    1. I know! My fav. kind of recipe. :)

      thanks!

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  2. I plan on making these as soon as I have some ripe bananas...I have 2 bunches of bananas and it is taking forever for them to ripen. Driving me crazy :)

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