love muffins

This week the seniors took the General Ordination Exams.  Seven 3-hour exams over 4 days time.  It’s pretty brutal–both because of the schedule and because (like any comprehensive exam) the amount of material covered is daunting.  I mean, the church as been around for a while… so there’s that.

Each year, the Juniors and Middlers (and some lovely spartners & staff!) chip in to make sure the Seniors are fed and cared for during this grueling time.  It’s pretty special.  This year I decided to make a different kind of muffin for each morning. The first round (peanut-butter) were not so special.  But rounds 2-4 were yummy enough to share with the broader public.  Enjoy!

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rounds 2, 3 & 4 (because round 1 sucked)

Banana Nut Muffins: This recipe is a special one.  It comes from a cafe in Lubbock, Texas that has since closed.  My mom asked the owner for the recipe before we moved to Virginia, but she refused.  A few weeks later, Mom was sitting in the cafe for the last time when the owner slipped a piece of paper under Mom’s plate.  Mom walked out, unfolded the slip, and found this:

  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup wheat bran
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup bananas (2-3) mashed
  • 1 lightly beaten egg

Mix wet ingredients together, then add to dry ingredients mixing only
until incorporated.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes

The only changes I make to this recipe are: instead of bran I use a mix of oats and almond meal… and instead of oil I often use yogurt, apple sauce, or coconut oil, depending on what I have. 

Cranberry Walnut Muffins (Modified from this recipe…)

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups oats and almond meal (for nutty texture)
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix wet ingredients together, then add to dry ingredients mixing only
until incorporated.  Bake at 375F for 20 minutes.

And my favorite new find: Chocolate Banana Muffins (Modified from this recipe…)

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this will be a new “standard” in the holder house

  • 2 large bananas
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (I used mostly honey and some sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus more for topping

Mix wet ingredients together, then add to dry ingredients mixing only
until incorporated.  If batter doesn’t seem wet enough (like because I used 2 bananas when it called for 3) add some greek yogurt.  Bake at 375F for 20 minutes.

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