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Tropical Mini Muffins

Are you guys sick of me miniaturizing everything that I bake yet?  ‘Cause I’m not.

Mini baked goods are fun, because I can eat three of them and it’s not a big deal at all.  It’s also nice because I don’t have to choose–do I want an English muffin or a tropical muffin?  Oh yes, I can have both.  Twice.  But if you aren’t a mini kind of person, it’s no big deal.  I’ll still like you.  And I’ll still probably eat two of your muffins.

Tropical  Mini Muffins

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 C crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t orange extract
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 C whole-wheat flour
  • 2 T wheat germ

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin or mini-muffin tin or line with paper cups.  First mix the wet ingredients (banana, pineapple, canola oil, egg, and extracts) until blended.  It’s okay to have chunks of banana–I actually prefer that.  Next, add the dry ingredients (everything else) and mix until everything is just blended.  Easy, right?

Pour into muffin cups (they should be 3/4 of the way full, but I filled them all the way ’cause I only wanted to make one batch!) and place on the middle rack to bake until they are golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.  Make sure a toothpick comes out dry (but not too dry).

Mini muffins are also cute for looking good in photos.  Unless you pour too much batter in the cups and then your muffins are top heavy.  Still better than having to bake two batches, though.

These were good–super moist.  Fritz was a huge fan, because he could eat a banana-bread based food three times a day for the rest of his life and be perfectly content.  I thought the pineapple chunks were a nice treat, and the orange extract was just barely noticeable.  It could also be left out–no big deal.

Since this recipe made 24 mini muffins, and I’m gonna be gone for the week, I stuck half of them in the freezer so Fritz doesn’t feel the pressure to eat all of them in a couple of days.  I don’t like to force feed him just so food doesn’t go bad (except for vegetables, but that’s for his own good).

I think these muffins took Fritz back to his South African tropical days.  He ate four of them rapid fire when they were out of the oven (but it’s okay!  They are mini!).

So on Friday we drove to Brooklyn to say goodbye to our good friends Bre and Zev since they are moving on Tuesday.  It was lots of fun to see them, and as usual, lots of food and alcohol was consumed–and nonstop talk ensued.  Like I said before, it’ll be really sad to see them go.  We need to start planning our visits upstate right away.

And poor Henry was stuck at home, looking longingly in the direction of Brooklyn.

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Tropical Green Monster

Only a month away from getting my CSA box!  Pretty excited–and speaking of vegetables, here’s a baby tomato plant update (it’s been a while):

Fritz and I have been talking about trying to eat more vegetables, and now that it’s getting warmer it occurred to both of us to start having more Green Monsters in the mornings for breakfast.

Yeah, Green Monsters.  Those frighteningly green smoothies that taste surprisingly good.  Actually, really good if you make ’em right–and you like the taste of fruits and veggies, of course.

I decided to go with a tropical Green Monster this morning, since we had some frozen mango and some spotted bananas that needed using.  Combined with a little coconut and a lot of spinach–good morning, energy smoothie.

I also included a present from my mom–a tablespoon of hemp powder, made from ground hemp seeds.  Hemp seeds are a complete protein, with all eight essential amino acids.  It’s also green, so I thought it would be a good time to try it out!

Tropical Green Monster

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 2 handfuls rinsed spinach
  • 1/2 C frozen mango
  • 1 T pure creamed coconut
  • 1 C water (you could also use skim milk, or coconut water and take out the creamed coconut)
  • 1 T hemp powder
  • 4-5 ice cubes

 

This is super easy to blend, especially if you layer the ingredients properly in the blender.  Start with the water, then add the hemp powder, coconut, and ice cubes.  Toss the spinach on top, and weight it down with the banana and frozen mango. 

It should blend like a dream.  Let it go for long enough to liquefy the spinach as well as possible–you don’t want leafy chunks floating in your drink.

At least I don’t.

This smoothie definitely tastes more “green” than the classic Green Monster, most likely because there’s no chocolate–but it still tastes like a fruit smoothie and not a vegetable one.  The spinach would be difficult to detect at all, if it weren’t for the bright green color.

That makes it a little obvious.

Anyway, I’m off to school–it has been such a busy week already!  I’ve been doing lots of homework and projects every day, and still my schedule shows no signs of stopping soon.  I even took a nap after school yesterday because I haven’t quite recovered from switching over from the relaxing days of spring break.

Fritz tried to wake me up after about 45 minutes, and I only awoke long enough to firmly say “no!”, before turning over and falling back asleep.

It felt so good.

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