Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Peanut Butter, Banana, Date, Oat Bran Muffins

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

Ingredients:
  • 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

Directions:

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.

15 comments:

  1. I'm always looking for yummy ways to add peanut butter to recipes. This looks tasty!

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  2. I've been snacking on dates all day. I can't wait to mix some into muffins! Good luck with the rest of your list.

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  3. That's exactly how I felt watching the last few seasons of Lost--the final one, especially. Sigh.

    Those muffins would surely make everything better, though!

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  4. Muffins are well deserved after making it through a Lost marathon, I think. 18 before 18 seems like a great idea! I like that you can feature a variety of things (like watching a TV show!) on your list.

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  5. Oh God, 17 years old! While I was reading your post I was trying to remember what I was doing when I was 17 years old. At that time there were no computers here in Greece, just two public channels and rythms that were not as hectic as today. I really miss those days and you will miss them too when you arrive at the 40's which I am right now. So, try to have as many memories as you can from this age and enjoy! Your muffins are for sure the right way to do this! They look delicious!

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  6. I love muffins too - went to buy one today from our office canteen and they'd sold out of all 4 varieties of muffin :( These ones look lovely and golden :) I agree with you on the TV commercials... they get longer and longer. I didn't used to watch much TV but do nowadays - I'm even considering getting one of the cable boxes which have a hard-drive inside just so I can skip them all :D

    Charles @ FiveEuroFood.com

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  7. These do sound fab - healthy and delicious works for me . I am trying to watch Boardwalk empire on DVD but never seem to get the time to get far.

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  8. These are healthy but have such deliciouss elements in it :D
    Dates and bananas? Count me in :D

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Hi Kyleen! Its great to meet you and check out your blog! Love the name. These muffins look perfectly delightful and I love how healthy they are. A well deserved treat!
    So...what did you think of the ending of LOST? I was a die hard fan for years...and then the ending. I am still disappointed and let-down. Really? Sad that they had to end the show to ridiculously.

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  10. I'm a MAJOR list maker also. I couldn't get through life without lists! I feel similar towards Grey's Anatomy. I know it's awful now but I'm emotionally invested. So what can I do?

    These muffins sound so tasty and super wholesome!

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  11. oh these are just beautiful! wish I had one for breakfast right now!

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  12. these look beautiful! will have to give them a go

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  13. I'm a compulsive list-maker too. I feel lists keep me grounded.
    I have everything on hand but oat bran - wonder if this would work with wheat bran? I might give it a try.

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  14. At one point in time, when you went to the health food store you usually only had choice of wheat bran, which is a good source of the insoluble fiber that helps your digestive system stay on track, or oat bran, which contains the soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol.
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