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Wednesday
Apr042012

Diet bad, muffins good

The problem with trying to be healthy, and therefore denying yourself cake, is that you can only hold out for so long. Then, at ten-o-clock at night when you absolutely must must must have cake, you make a batch of banana chocolate chip muffins. Then two of you eat the entire batch in a matter of days... or hours. 

I'm not on a diet, as I generally think they're stupid, and clearly I'm not very good at them. I'm just hoping to shave a little off here and there before the long-awaited CupcakeQ/Latino Man wedding in July. Obviously I can't cut out chocolate, so I've been trying to avoid refined grains, non-chocolate-related-sugar, and junk food in general, with moderate success. My one concession to my not-diet when making these muffins was to use wholemeal flour instead of white. Given that I'm allowed to eat all the chocolate I like, and banana is a fruit, and therefore doesn't count in any consideration of daily allowances, these muffins are practically ok. I just need to adjust the recipe so I only make two of them.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins 

2 cups wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder (or 1/4 tsp if you live at 2640m above sea level)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
Enough milk
1 banana, mashed
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (or chop up the Amedei and Domori chocolate bars that now taste like lavendar because you accidently left them in a cupboard with a bottle of lavendar essential oil)  
1 tsp of vanilla essence or vanilla powder 

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time whilst mixing, then the vanilla powder and mashed banana. Mix in the flour and baking powder and add just enough milk to make a thick batter. Stir until just combined. Fill the muffin tray about 3/4 of the way, and bake for 12 - 15 minutes, or until the tops are nicely browned. Makes about 18 cupcakes which is 16 too many for a single evening. 

Reader Comments (3)

I cannot wait to see you in July - you HAVE to bake me some yummy goodness :) I'm going to try this recipe, I know Latino Man's brother will LOVE it!

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Carson

Amy, let me know if they last more than a day!

April 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterCupcakeQ

Gorgeous! This post is appropriately timed, because lately I've been treating myself to muffins, too. In my case they're a concession to restricted spending, so 'eating out' now means searching the city for the biggest, tastiest, most extreme muffin top to bottom ratios I can find. They must cost $3 or less, and they're usually a replacement for lunch. The pride I feel in feeding myself for $3 or less overshadows the fact that I'm eating MUFFINS FOR LUNCH. I must say that Whole Foods knocked it out of the park last week with theirs, though I'd rather try one of yours Suz!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

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