Thursday, March 28, 2013

Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

It's been a long time since I last blogged.  I know that one of my new years resolutions was to blog more this year.  However, I have been busy and have not had any time to bake.  Which also means not much to blog about.

I have been trying to eat right because I put on quite a few extra pounds over the winter.  This means keeping the house stocked with green bananas.  Green bananas are a healthy snack and also great before a workout.  However, brown or ripe bananas are full of sugar and not so great when on a diet.  

So what do you do with ripe bananas?  YOU MAKE BANANA BREAD!  Okay no banana bread because it takes too long to bake.  What does that mean?  MAKE MUFFINS!

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins

3 large very ripe bananas
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray muffin pan with vegetable oil
2.  Mix bananas, sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl until smooth.
3.  Add eggs one at a time.
4.  Mix in vegetable oil until well combined. 
5.  Whisk cinnamon, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a separate bowl.
6.  Mix in dry ingredients with banana mixture.  Do not over mix.
7.  Add coconut and chocolate chips by hand.
8.  Use a ice cream scooper to scoop batter into greased muffin pans.
9.  Sprinkle additional coconut on top
10.  Bake for about 21 minutes.
11.  Remove from oven and cool on rack for about 10 minutes.
12.  Remove muffins from pan and cool completely.

This muffin hit the spot.  So satisfying I ate it as my dessert.  This is a recipe that one should keep in their recipe box/binder.  It's fast and easy to make.  

Khloe the pup is patiently waiting for spring/summer.  This week we have gone on 3 walks so far and that makes everyone happy.  

Keeping cooking friends!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Funeral Sandwich

There are so many recipes on Pinterest that I want to try that my "recipes I want to try" board is huge.  I feel like a recipe hoarder on Pinterst.  BUT ... I love that site!

El Husbee and I decided to watch UFC 157 over the weekend.  I really wanted to watch the first UFC women's fight and sometimes it's just more comfortable to watch at home instead of at a restaurant or party.  So we ordered the PPV on Saturday.  And let me tell you, Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey did not disappoint.  UFC 157 was all in all pretty good.  I am glad we decided to order the fight.

I have had a lot of pizza lately and did not want another pizza meal for the fight.  I have pinned the funeral sandwich recipe for a while now and decided to try it since it was just El Husbee and me for dinner.  Which meals if the recipe turned out to be a complete fail no harm done.

Funeral Sandwich
Adapted from Sunday Baker

1 package of King's Hawaiian Rolls
1/2-1 lb deli turkey meat
sliced pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup butter melted
3 tablespoons Worcheshire sauce
2 tablespoon mustard
2 tablespoon brown sugar
dash of garlic powder

1.  Cut the rolls in half and line the bottom of a baking pan with the bottoms of the rolls.
2.  Layer the turkey slices, then cheese and place the top half back on.
3.  Mix together butter, Worcheshire sauce, mustard, brown sugar and garlic powder in a small bowl.  Spoon sauce over each bun.  Cover and marinade for 4-24 hours.
4.  Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Bake for 15 minutes, uncovered, or until cheese melts and bun tops are nicely golden

The sandwiches came out nice and golden brown.  El Husbee said he liked the sandwiches and ate quite a few.  I had mixed feelings about the sandwiches.  I am not a fan of sweet things unless they are dessert.  These sandwiches were a little too sweet for my taste.  But judging how many El Husbee ate I would say the average person would like these.

Try new things friends!