Banola Muffins

April 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I woke up with the sun in my eyes. Oh hello, Saturday. I yawned and looked out my window. Cumulus clouds were traipsing across the bright blue sky. It was a baking morning.

Banana + granola + muffins = banola muffins.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3-4 overripe bananas
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup crunchy granola of your choice

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In another, larger bowl, mash ripe bananas. Add sugar and mix ‘er up.
  4. Add melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir thoroughly, and then slowly add dry mixture.
  5. Add granola. Mix.
  6. Butter your muffin pan and fill each tin about halfway.
  7. Place in preheated oven about 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool. Buon appetito!

Homemade Granola Bars

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bite. Crunch. Sweet. Chew. Salty. Swirl. Swallow. Be satisfied. So simple; so satisfying. The beauty of this recipe is that you can add your favorite everythings. These are mine.

Inspired by the fabulous Mr. Bittman. 
Mark, you are too good.

1 cup oats
1 cup rice crispies (I use brown rice)
1/2 cup almonds or your choice nuts
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 golden raisins or your choice dried fruit
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup almond butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Canola oil for pan-greasing

  1. Combine almond butter and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until blended, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Pour in honey-almond butter mixture and stir well. Give it some elbow grease. Use those hands.
  3. Lightly grease a shallow baking pan with canola oil and line it with plastic wrap. Spread the granola mixture evenly, over plastic wrap. Pressing down gently, distribute granola mixture evenly throughout pan and cover with another layer of plastic wrap; refrigerate until set, at least one hour.
  4. Once set, remove by lifting the edges of the plastic wrap out of the pan; peel off the plastic and cut into your desired granola bar shape! Deeeeeeelish.

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