I’m a compulsive list-maker. I make lists for things that I want to do, things that I want to eat, things that I want to buy, things that I have to do, and things that I want to bake. My Moleskine day planner is filled with lists and lists that make up my life.
Several months ago, I started a new list: an eighteen before eighteen bucket list, a list of eighteen things I want to do before I turn eighteen next year. Eighteen, after all, is a pretty special year. It’s the year that you become a legal adult. It’s the year that you can vote and sign your own field trip permission slips. It’s the year that hospitals stop giving you child priority when you’re in ER, as my mother frequently reminds me. Her underlying sentiment if you’re going to cut your finger with a steak knife get injured, do it now don’t escape me.
A couple weeks ago, I finally, finally finished watching Lost and crossed it off the list. I hate watching TV shows on TV—commercials are such a bad waste of time. Usually, I wait until my brothers download the episodes and then watch them on the computer, at one-and-a-half speed of course. Passive multitasking is my forte. (Watching Lost while completing an English project? No problem. Just don’t ask me to text and walk at the same time or I might fall down a staircase.)
During the first couple of seasons, I was gripped. I sat through hours and hours of Lost willingly, forsaking homework, meals, and sleep. (After all, it’s on my bucket list; I’m not just mindlessly watching a TV show for no reason.) But towards the fourth and fifth season, I felt compelled to watch Lost as if only for the reason of finishing something that I’d started.
After I finally finished the series, I baked these Peanut Butter, Banana, Date, Oat Bran Muffins to celebrate. Stomaching the last two seasons, which were overly redundant and a little bit ridiculous, is definitely a feat which requires a reward. These peanut-buttery, banana-y, and healthy muffins definitely fit the bill.
Peanut Butter, Banana, Date, Oat Bran Muffins
- ¾ cup oat bran
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
- 2 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cups mashed banana
- 2/3 cup chopped dates
- ½ cup almond or peanut butter
- ½ cup milk
- 1/3 cup light-tasting olive oil
- 1/3 cup liquid honey
- 1 egg
In a skillet, toast bran over medium heat until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Whisk in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, stir together bananas, dates, almond butter, milk, oil, and honey; stir in egg. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. It will look like there is too much wet ingredients, but trust me, the oat bran really soaks it up. Spoon into 12 paper-lined or greased muffin cups.
Bake in 375F oven until tops are firm to touch, about 25 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool on rack. Store in an airtight container for up to three days.