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Banana Crumb Muffins

I love bananas and I love banana flavored baked goods. These are the perfect grab and go breakfast.

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I had three bananas sitting in my fruit bowl getting spotty brown. No longer good for a peel and eat, but perfect sugary candidates for these banana muffins.  My husband is a banana bread fan. Well, actually he loves anything banana flavored. With that in mind, of course,  I have a tried and true banana bread recipe.  However, to mix things up, I decided to make muffins and found this highly rated recipe online.

The batter seemed a little stiff, like pound cake batter and I was a little worried that my muffins would be dense. They actually turned out nice and light and the streusel topping really made these. A perfect quick item to grab on your way out the door in the morning.

Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffin Banana Crumb Muffin

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas…

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Gorilla Bars

This is the perfect quick breakfast or snack to make ahead this weekend. I’m going to change it up a little and use a mix of peanuts and pecans with almond butter this time. Remember to be creative and use what you have.

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When I told my family and friends that I was moving to the West Coast, some of them kidded with me saying, “Oh, your going to go out there and get all chewy granola on us.” At the time, I was like yeah right not this Queen O’ Butter. Flavor over figure was my motto. And you want to know why? Because I was that wench bag that ate an entire chocolate cake in one night and nothing happened. Literally nothing, I would go as far as to say that eating that much sugar may have sped up my metabolism and I actually lost weight. Not quite, but yeah, I was THAT girl.

Anyway, in the recent years I have surpassed a milestone birthday and well I can tell that my metabolism is slowing down. I eat unhealthy food and in the past, it really didn’t phase me that much…

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Banana Gelato

 

Banana Gelato
Banana Gelato

I made this banana gelato last weekend and it was absolutely delicious.

Per the website that I made this recipe from, “Gelato, or Italian ice cream, tends to be lower in fat than ice cream, as it’s made from milk with just a touch of cream. However, its texture is traditionally denser as it has less air beaten into it. Oddly enough, this gelato tastes like caramel and is great with toasted pecans.” They are correct, this does taste like caramel. Believe me, you want to try this. Enjoy!

Banana Pudding Pie

I am telling you guys right now, this is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I’ve been making it for years as an adaptation for banana pudding.

First off, let me say that I love anything banana flavored and I even like the traditional banana pudding with the vanilla wafers and meringue top, but it was never my favorite. I had a textural problem with the Nilla wafers becoming soggy and honestly, I prefer whipped cream over meringue.

The following recipe uses Vanilla wafers, such as golden oreos or my favorite, Trader Joes Jo Jo’s, as a crust. These cookies hold up and stay crunchy under a layer of fresh bananas and homemade pudding. The pudding filling has such a unique flavor imparted by the sweetened condensed milk, mmmmm…. And then to top it all off, a trick borrowed from banana pudding’s delicious cousin, banana cream pie, a dollop of whipped cream. Hence, we have Banana Pudding Pie.

Try it! Believe me, it is sooooo good.

Banana Pudding Pie

Banana Pudding Pie
Banana Pudding Pie

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Berry Smoothie

Below is my favorite smoothie recipe. Of course you could add a few of your favorite fruits: mango, papaya, pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, etc… That’s what I love about smoothies, they are so versatile.

If you have any leftovers, you can place in a container and freeze. Later you can scrape it for a delicious fruit ice similar to a granita. A healthy and delicious sweet treat.

Today in yoga, our instructor read a Rumi poem called the guest house that really struck a chord with me. Enjoy!

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie
Berry Smoothie

Makes 2

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The Elvis Sandwich

When I think of Elvis Presley, three images come into mind. One image is of my Dad singing to a record in our living room during a rare glimpse of him happy and healthy. The second memory that pops up is a trip my husband and I  took to Memphis and ultimately our visit to Graceland. The third is the image that most people have of Elvis, him shaking his leg and dancing around during concerts, people screaming and crying, shaking with excitement.

This element of crying out of excitement is so foreign to me. Was it from a time when seemingly nothing exciting ever happened, so when it did, people lost their minds or is it that people nowadays are devoid of emotional connections to excitement? I don’t know the answer, but could it be that harder times make us happier? Were times so hard back in the day that people really knew how to celebrate, let it all loose? Are we so spoiled with everything at our fingertips that majority of us never work towards anything because we expect things to go our way, so we never really celebrate achievements, big and small?

Elvis, an icon, someone who brought joy, happiness and excitement to millions. When was the last time, you heard of anyone described that way? Out of celebration of Elvis and all the big and small achievements, I bring the sandwich named after him “The Elvis,” which I quite enjoy. Peanut butter, banana, bacon, with a drizzle of honey. It sounds weird but once you try it, it makes sense. Go celebrate, maybe even loose your mind, dance around and cry at the same time. Just don’t do it with sandwich in mouth, that would be, well…stupid.

The Elvis

The Elvis
The Elvis

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Gorilla Bars

When I told my family and friends that I was moving to the West Coast, some of them kidded with me saying, “Oh, your going to go out there and get all chewy granola on us.” At the time, I was like yeah right not this Queen O’ Butter. Flavor over figure was my motto. And you want to know why? Because I was that wench bag that ate an entire chocolate cake in one night and nothing happened. Literally nothing, I would go as far as to say that eating that much sugar may have sped up my metabolism and I actually lost weight. Not quite, but yeah, I was THAT girl.

Anyway, in the recent years I have surpassed a milestone birthday and well I can tell that my metabolism is slowing down. I eat unhealthy food and in the past, it really didn’t phase me that much. Recently though, some foods really make me feel drained, emotionally and physically. Honestly, it is down right scary for me. My dad died at the age of 53 from heart disease and since then, I have known that genetically, I need to figure this thing out. For some reason though, I felt like being skinny, well at least skinnier than everyone else around me (which was my true barometer), was good enough.

Moving out West was an eye opening experience for me. I see women well into their 80’s, vibrant and still contributing to society. Riding bikes, exercising, I’ve even spied an older lady peacefully walking around alone snapping photos of nature on hiking trails.  I marvel at her and want to be her when I grow up. They look so happy and cheerful, still having an eagerness in their eyes. I have to tell you, I am inspired every time we go out of the house and realize that life is truly what you make of it and you can live well into your years with vigor.

SO guess what… I’m going chewy granola, y’all. For breakfast this week, I have made my husband and myself some chewy “gorilla” bars. I call them gorilla because I traded out the fat for banana. Coming from the southern part of the U.S., what pairs perfectly with banana… peanut butter. Delicious little homemade bars, chocked full of protein from nuts and flavored with banana and some added cocoa nibs for a chocolatey flair.

Gorilla Bars

Gorilla Bars
Gorilla Bars

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Banana Crumb Muffins

I had three bananas sitting in my fruit bowl getting spotty brown. No longer good for a peel and eat, but perfect sugary candidates for these banana muffins.  My husband is a banana bread fan. Well, actually he loves anything banana flavored. With that in mind, of course,  I have a tried and true banana bread recipe.  However, to mix things up, I decided to make muffins and found this highly rated recipe online.

The batter seemed a little stiff, like pound cake batter and I was a little worried that my muffins would be dense. They actually turned out nice and light and the streusel topping really made these. A perfect quick item to grab on your way out the door in the morning.

Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffin
Banana Crumb Muffin

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. ( I used an ice cream scoop here to make it more exact.)
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean. I cooked my tins on a baking pan, just in case the sugar sprinkle started to fall off.