Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My First Post!!!


I am so excited for my very first blog post!  I know many of my friends and family have heard rumors all summer about this blog, and it is finally becoming reality.  Now I will have a central place to be able to share with everyone the recipes I use, the resources that have guided me in the changes we have been making, and my reasoning behind these changes.  There is so much I can write about, it has been hard to decide what to put into my first post!  Should I start with my testimony?  Should I start with a food recipe?  Should I start with a book review?  Or my deodorant recipe?  Or a laundry recipe?  Or a product review????  Eventually it will all be in here, so I guess it won’t matter in the grand scheme of things. 

So, I have decided to share with you a recipe I don’t even have to have written down: my newly revised banana muffins.  I pretty much make these every week for my husband to have for breakfast.  He won’t take the time to prepare himself a healthy breakfast and needs something quick and easy and on-the-go (now I can’t criticize, I am totally guilty of eating on the go!).  The original recipe came from my Mom, and I think before that came from a friend of hers…but I needed to make it a little more healthy to be able to call it a “breakfast” muffin. 

With no further ado, I give you Organic Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins!  These muffins are moist and delicious, with not too much sugar, some whole grains, and a little bit of protein…a great way to start the day and get you through to lunchtime!


Ingredients:
  • 3 ripe organic bananas
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp water, allow to sit a few minutes)
  • 1/3 cup organic applesauce
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • ¾ cup organic white  flour
  • ¾ cup organic whole wheat pastry flour (make sure it’s PASTRY flour!)
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking soda (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder (such as Rumford)
  • ½ tsp fine ground Himalayan salt
  • ¾ cup organic walnuts
  • ½-¾ cup organic unsweetened coconut

Prepare your flax egg to allow the ground flax to absorb the water.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 6-cup muffin pan lightly with canola or vegetable oil (I use the Kitchen Spritzer from Pampered Chef).  You can also use a 12-cup muffin pan, but increase the temperature to 375 degrees.

Mash the bananas in a mixer.  Add the flax egg, sugar, and applesauce; mix to combine. 

Combine dry ingredients (flours, baking soda, baking powder, & salt) in a separate bowl.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until combined.  (OK, honesty moment…I never mix my dry ingredients separately, I’m too lazy…and my muffins always turn out fine.  So, I leave it up to you if you want to take the extra step).

Chop walnuts (the easiest way ever is using the Food Chopper from Pampered Chef).  Stir in the walnuts and coconut.   Pour evenly into prepared muffin pan.  Bake 32-35 minutes for larger 6-cup muffins at 325 degrees or 20 minutes for regular 12-cup muffins at 375 degrees.  Cool for a few minutes in the pan and then transfer to a Cooling Rack to finish cooling.  Store in an air-tight container; I recommend also keeping these in the fridge if they are not eaten with in 3-4 days.

Variations:  The recipe as written is vegan.  If you prefer, you can use a real egg instead of the flax egg.  You can also use just all-purpose flour instead of the whole wheat pastry flour.  You can also add chocolate chips instead of the coconut, but keep in mind you are increasing the sugar content.

ENJOY!  I hope that you love these muffins and that you continue to follow my blog!  Yay!

6 comments:

  1. Yay Meg! Look forward to your posts!

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    1. Hey Cait...remember when you, Sara, & Katie would buy more bananas than you could eat ON PURPOSE because you knew when I saw the brown bananas I would turn them into muffins!? LOL, good times...except a little healthier now ;-)...that original recipe had 1/3 cup of oil and 3/4 cup of sugar!

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  2. These sounds SO GOOD! I'll add this to my recipe file of things to try when I'm back in the States! Thanks for sharing; great blog!!! =D

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    1. Thanks so much Amanda! I got your other message, too...how on earth are you surviving without an oven!!?? I do have a chocolate chip recipe, but I am trying a revision...it will post eventually! So glad you like my blog!!

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  3. Meg, in 2009 I threw everything I had out too..>I Believe I also had everything, and then 10 more of everything. It was hard to throw that stuff out at the time (including the La Mer eye cream) but now I don't blink at it. The only thing is now I don't wear makeup at all, because even when I look at the labels of so called "safe" makeup, it still has things in them I do not trust. Do you have any makeup you recommend?
    I stopped using deoderant, hair stylers, etc. I changed all the other things I had to use like soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes etc. I feel pleased with my decisions to change. The media is all about keeping us unhealthy by appealing to our need to BUY BUY BUY and also to look a certain way. But once you see past the lies, you realize, you have to start thinking for yourself. Good blog. Btw, this is Brandi Rodenburg.

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