Opposites Attract

Here’s some things to know about me, food-wise.

I don’t like raisins, but I love chocolate-covered raisins.

I like yogurt and pretzels, but I don’t like yogurt-covered pretzels.

I LOVE Diet Mt. Dew. I hate regular Mt. Dew.

I’ll dink regular Coke or Pepsi, but won’t touch their diet counterparts.

Carrots? Yum. Carrot cake? Blech.

Raw spinach? Gimme. Cooked spinach? Sorry, I have to go. (Same with broccoli.)

I hate bananas. Hate them! My friend Cecelia and I ran a couple 5Ks last year and they always give you a banana after. I’d find an apple instead. The mushy texture is something I can’t get past. I don’t like banana-flavored candy, either. Banana bread, however, or banana muffins or banana cake is something I love!

That being said, the bananas at the grocery store Sunday were that perfect level of ripeness for banana bread or muffins, so I bought a bunch and made banana muffins for the very first time.

They look pretty, don’t they? They were yummy, too!

BANANA MUFFINS

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 11/3 cups)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg, oil and sugar until smooth. Stir in bananas. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir in the banana mixture just until moistened.

Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Recipe courtesy of The Taste of Home Baking Book 

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Last night I had a craving for banana cake — OK, maybe what I really wanted was the cream cheese frosting — so I finished the dishes and made banana cake.

Here’s the recipe for the cake: http://www.food.com/recipe/best-ever-banana-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting-67256

Follow the instructions to the letter (although baking time varies by oven; my cake took 55 minutes to bake) and you won’t be disappointed.

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