Sunday-Wife Rituals

23 Aug

Ok, ok, even though today is Monday, it was treated like a Sunday due to the long weekend. On Sundays, I usually spend the afternoon and evening cooking and baking, preparing food for the work-week ahead, like a good little wifey.
Today I had a craving for something sweet and fluffy, and I decided to make muffins. I think muffins have gotten the unfair reputation of being somewhat healthy to eat, certainly better than a cupcake or cookie, right? But in all fairness, the ingredients don’t vary much and most recipes still call for butter, egg, sugar and milk, thus making a healthy snack option not-so-healthy afterall.
That’s why the Bran Muffin was created. All mighty healthy, full-of-fiber bran. Still a bran muffin wasn’t going to kill my craving for something naughty and gooey to accompany my afternoon Starbucks coffee…I decided to sneak in a few chocolate chips….and to reverse the effects of the chocolate, I threw in a banana for good measure.
The result was a moist, chewy muffin with just the right amount of sweetness and easy to make. Recipe follows, try it out and let me know how you liked it!

Banana Chocolate Chunk Bran Muffins

Mix together:
1 cup ap flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

In another larger bowl mix together:
1 egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup bran
1 tsp. vanilla

In another small bowl mix:
1 smashed banana, around 1/2 cup
1/2 cup yogurt, plain or vanilla

Add the flour mixture little by little to the sugar mixture, alternating with the yogurt mixture.
Stir in 1/2 chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full and bake on center rack at 375° for 25-30 min.

Enjoy!

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