Let’s be real. Shall we? I’m not a person that enjoys fake people, fake smiles (and hellos) and fake food most of all. How these phony things in life make us feel insecure, bored and unhealthy. Think about it. When a person says, “how are you?” The general response is “good.” Why would we bother say in passing,” well, today, I want to kick a hole in the wall due to the level of frustration I have experienced today!” Can you imagine how that would go over??? Then there needs to be a sit down conversation as to why you would want to injure yourself and be destructive all in one setting. Truly, don’t kick a wall, it lands you nowhere good. 🙂
What’s my “real” statement for today? I have a love/hate relationship with bananas. Oh they look so beautiful in the grocery store… and as I select a group, I think, “I’m going to eat these each day and be good to my body – and make the kids eat them too.” And after two days of sitting on the counter, all of the other choices of food overrule those once lovely bananas. Now starting to slightly spot, not looking so beautiful… but still edible. Maybe I’ll have one today. But no. It never happens and so I force one of my kids to eat one, so there’s that. Great parenting! Less guilt, right? And then the tragedy begins, the spots darken and the odd pungent smell begins – and you know. It’s time to make a decision. Feel incredible guilt over the loss of a couple of dollars, or bake with them.
Most of the time, the trash can is the place those bananas go. This year while working, I found it weight on my shoulders to have to cook with the bananas. Cooking dinner was enough to deal with. Baking was put on hold for the most part. At one point during the school year, I made an executive decision to not buy them. The counter looked barren and that brief emptiness didn’t last too long. So, here we are. Back to bananas on the counter again. And this time, I forced my daughter to use a recipe and bake instead of pitching them in the trash. She selected a recipe well, and we now have a healthy homemade breakfast ready for tomorrow!
Want the recipe?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup Oil (I used Grapeseed Oil)
- 3 mashed medium ripe bananas
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin pan with shortening (the recipe makes 12 muffins.) In a large bowl, mix bananas and oil. Add dry ingredients slowly to the wet mixture. Add chocolate chips and mix. Fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way. The original recipe calls for liners, I didn’t do this, and it seemed to work out well. Bake for 18 minutes. Enjoy!