Monday, October 10, 2011

Whole wheat, oat and banana muffins (and an award)

They say you really notice the passing of time through your children. This morning, reading the paper, I felt the same way about Paul McCartney. So, it seems he got married again yesterday. Again? But wait, didn't he just get divorced? And then I read he has been in a relationship with his now bride for four years. Where was I when you were all keeping up on Sir Paul's love life? Probably reading the food column instead of the gossip column.

Looking up the perfect breakfast muffin recipe. For you.

After all those chocolate cakes I have been baking, it was time to show my new Kitchen Aid we do some healthy baking in our house too.

WHAT? I didn't tell you I am the proud owner of a brand new, shiny Kitchen Aid? How could I forget?

Forgive me, I will immediately introduce you. Kitchen Aid, please meet my many friends who read about the lovely things you help me make every week.

Aww, don't blush.

OK, back to the muffins. Having a hard time focusing this morning.

This is the perfect breakfast muffin because it is not too cloying. The first bite might leave you thinking you could've used a little more sugar or honey but then the natural sweetness from the bananas grows on you and ends up being just right to accompany a nice warm cup of coffee, especially if there is already a spoonful of sugar in it.

They, however, were not sweet enough for the boys, but the husband enjoyed them with a trickle of honey and my son was more than happy to eat them with a thin spread of Nutella. All pretty delicious options, so nobody was complaining. Me? I enjoyed them just as they were and did not feel guilty when I helped myself to a second.

Recipe from Honesty Rain.

Ingredients (for 12 muffins)

dry ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

wet ingredients:
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil (or you could use apple sauce)
1/4 cup milk
2 large ripe bananas

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in another bowl. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until combined. Grease muffin tin and fill up to about 3/4. Bake for about 20 minutes at 400° F/200°C in a preheated oven.

The other day I received an award from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest. Thank you Pola, it is a real honor, as a non Italian (although I did grow up in Italy, married an Italian and have half Italian kids), to receive this award for cooking and spreading authentic Italian cuisine throughout the world! Grazie mille!


  1. I am always surprised when I bite into any muffin: we always expect them to be sweeter than they really are but I do prefer then for that barely-there delicate sweetness. The better to eat them all day with a cup of coffee. Great recipe. Gorgeous KitchenAid!

  2. Congratulations for the award and for your brand new kitchen aid!

    And your muffins look delicious!!! :-)

  3. Congratulations on the award! Your muffins look delicious - simple and not to sweet which is sometimes what I crave after all the chocolate and sugary confections I dream up for the blog :-)
    Very jealous of your Kitchen Aid too...I have a pink one on my wishlist for Christmas...will have to be very good over the next few months!

  4. Love your kitchen aid ;)! I love muffins! They are the perfect breakfast item!

  5. Congratulations on both your award and your new Kitchenaid! It is so purty in red! :D

  6. Jamie - Couldn't agree more
    Giulietta - thank you
    LL - I know, sometimes you just get into a sugar overload! Pink, beautiful...I got mine partially with points I collected at the supermarket. So there was no choice. But I like red, tis a classic.
    Pola - Love yours too ;o)
    Lorraine - thanks

  7. Sweet KitchenAid! I wish one of those would fit in my sneeze of a kitchen.

    Also, I was shocked about Macca, too! How did those four years sneak past so quickly?? Didn't that Heather Mills thing just happen?? In any event, bless his heart & I hope he's found a keeper this time.

    Congratulations on your award, and thanks for the delicious muffin recipe! I can't get enough bananas. Yum.

  8. Oooooh the Kitchen Aid! I admit I want one, although I don't know why: it is just so beautiful. I hope you'll keep giving me reasons :)

  9. Meister - yeah, mine is on top of a microwave a really never use (and that I should get rid of) instead of on the counter where it would make life so much easier. But who's complaining, right?
    CR - a KA is a beautiful object. But what I love most about it is that it does the work for you while you clean up.
    ToB - yes ma'm

  10. Congrats on the award! Love the mixer's colour!

  11. Delicious muffins! The bad part of it is that I'm tired of banana muffins 'cause I spend one week eating this so you can imagine that nowadays it's kind of difficult to eat this.


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