So this year I had three food related goals:
- Bake more at home, buy less Oreos.
- Plan better meals. Plan meals ahead instead of at the last hour.
- Drink more milk.
I have been baking more already– actually for the past few months, and have some favorite go to recipes. I have realized that if a recipe calls for beating– I probably wont make it too often. Pulling out the big mixer in our small kitchen and cleaning everything up after that– leads to procrastination. The best kind of baked good in my house are made with my happy helper, a mixing bowl and a big wooden spoon
My all time favorite thing to bake– Banana Oat Walnut Muffins. I always have a few leftover bananas going overripe and this is the perfect way to use them up…
recipe: In a large bowl mix 1 cup milk+ 1/2 cup canola oil+ 1tbsp sour cream+ 2 eggs+ 1tsp vanilla extract+ two large mashed bananas. Fold in 2/3 cup of sugar+ 2 tsp baking powder+ 1/2 tsp baking soda+ pinch of salt. Now alternate 1 1/2 cups of regular rolled oats and 2 cups of all purpose flour. Stir gently. Add 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts if you like. The batter will be lumpy, dont overmix. Pour into lightly greased muffin pans. Prepare a topping of 1tbsp melted butter +1tbsp brown sugar+ 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts in a bowl. add a little bit of topping onto each muffin. Bake for 25 minutes in a 375F oven. Makes 12 muffins.
I usually make only 6 muffins (half the recipe ingredients) and sometimes use a mini muffin pan along with the regular muffin pan. The little girls snack on the mini muffins– they fit perfectly in their hand. I also dont add walnuts in the batter these days, only adding them as a topping for a few muffins for me and the hubs. I still prepare the topping — with just butter and brown sugar– coz this gives an amazing crust!
Another favorite go to muffin recipe for me is– The Pioneer Woman’s’ Blueberry Muffins. These simply melt into your mouth. We rarely have any muffins left till lunch!
We also recently bought a breadmaker– and bake a lot of fresh homemade bread. I also love making Banana bread in the breadmaker, talk about easy cleanup! The recipe I use can be found here (scroll down to page 30), but you probably want to use the recipe that comes with your brand of breadmaker.
We have tried making blueberry jam (Scroll down to page 82) in our breadmaker too! Easy peasy and tastes yum!
And before I leave, I wanted to share this amazing Triple chocolate cookie recipe I tried. Its by Bobby Flay and the instructions are very well written. Another new favorite!!
Care to share your favorite recipes with me today? Leave me a link in the comment section below!