Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Munchies - Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Muffins

You might have noticed that it's been 8 months since my last post.  I'm not a consistent blogger, and I'm not really sorry about it.  I've actually written some posts over the past several months, but prayed about them and didn't feel like publishing any of them.

I've spent some time contemplating what the purpose of this blog is, and although it may change, right now I think that the purpose varies with the type of post.  I share recipes because people know I like food and cooking, and they ask me about what I've been making.  I share updates on life for my family and friends who care what I'm up to, because I'm terrible about keeping up with people.  Any spiritual posts are probably more for my benefit than to share with others.  Although I journal, it's helpful for me to work through things by writing it out, knowing that someone else may read it.  Making sure it makes sense to someone else sometimes makes things clearer in my own mind, so blogging is a way that I can challenge myself to more clearly communicate things I'm thinking about, praying about, questions I'm asking, and observations I've made.  By sharing it publicly, I hope that the Lord will use it to bring himself glory and if any of you are encouraged or challenged by what I write, know that it's the Lord and not my words; He alone is worthy of our praise!

That being said, Monday Munchies is back in action (well, this week anyway)!  I found this recipe one night and decided to make them in the morning.  My alarm went off in the morning and I went upstairs to find my mom cooking biscuits and gravy...which kind of made me mad, because in my 27 years of life I don't think my mom has ever made biscuits and gravy, plus I had specifically told her that I was going to make these muffins for breakfast.  Then all of the sudden I opened my eyes and realized I was still in bed!  I'm home for a couple of weeks, and because my old room is now Marshall's room, I'm sleeping in the basement guest room which has no windows.  Now, don't take this as complaining...I love the guest room because it's so dark I sleep like a LOG every night!  Also, I've had weird dreams pretty much every night.  But anyway, because my mom was NOT making biscuits and gravy, I whipped up a batch of these and everyone in the fam liked them.  Marshall kept asking for "more muffin man please" haha, adorable!!!

Oatmeal Banana Breakfast Muffins
Yield: Supposedly 12 - mine made 16
2.5 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. plain or vanilla yogurt (Greek or regular)
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1.5 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
2 ripe bananas
1 c. chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray or use paper/foil liners. Put oats in blender and grind until they are powdery.  Add all the other ingredients, including bananas in a blender (or food processor), and blend until smooth.

Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Use all the self-control you have to let them cool so they don't stick to the tins/liners, then enjoy!  I found a little smear of peanut butter and a glass of milk to be the perfect complement, and next time I may even try adding some peanut butter to the batter!

Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from Well Traveled Wife

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