Monday, March 17, 2008

Yummy sweet muffins
--Banana-Oatmeal Muffins

Banana-Oatmeal Muffins
Church Potluck Carry-Ins and Casseroles Copyright 2006

1 cup flour
1 ¼ cups oats
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup oil
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 bananas mashed

1. In a bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, mixing well.
2. In another bowl, combine oil, sugars, eggs, and bananas, mixing well.
3. Combine mixtures and pour into greased muffin tins.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Makes 1 dozen.

I had some bananas that I needed to use up and muffins have been on mind. These turned out a bit flat-topped but those flat-tops were tasty - chewy and sweet like oatmeal cookies. The rest of the muffin was moist and delicious. Overall these are a very sweet muffin so you might want to decrease the sugar if that's how you roll.

I wanted to go to the farmer's market Friday but the weather didn't hold up. I did finally hit the local organic store on Saturday and I was a bit disappointed. They had a less of a selection of organic merchandise than most grocery stores these days and definitely no more than the small local grocery store that has a special organic section (I think they might be partnered with this store). I questioned the freshness of the merchandise too. That's a problem overall with organic food since in this area, not just this store, since it doesn't seem to be selling like hotcakes, not when it demands a much higher price.

They did have a nice sized, very fresh looking selection of both organic beef and natural beef. The local grocery stores carry some natural meats but not organic. Don't ask me what the difference is but the organic meat is much more expensive than the natural meat. The produce selection was sad but I'll give them a break due to the time of year.

The store would be another resource for anyone devoted to organic living and probably helpful to those dealing with wheat and dairy allergies since they have some dairy-free and wheat-free products that may not be in the other local stores but overall, I wasn't impressed for my current needs. I set my sights too high. Was I expecting something like a Whole Foods nestled between a bunch of farms on a country road way north of the closest city? I am grateful that it's there in case I need it. I picked up a few things while I was there and I'm sure I'll go back every once and a while. I want to try the eggs but I didn't need any this week.

It's the same store where Jon & Kate plus 8 bought a load of meat on one episode. I think that's how the store make most of their money - bulk meat sales.

I never got around to making anything Irish this weekend but Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Skipping Blast From the Past since I'm in a hurry.

Question of the Day: Are you enjoying any Irish foods today?


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those muffins look very fine!



Wanda said...

I'll be cooking cabbage with (canned) corn beef for dinner tonight.

Unknown said...

These do look yummy, but I bet they were sweet with one cup of sugar in them! I'm not having any Irish foods today unless green in a salad counts!

Anonymous said...

No, I didn't think to plan ahead. Guess I'll skip it and concentrate on Easter dinner.


Annie said...

No, just leftovers and even forgot to wear green. I had a bad day and now I wondering if it because I didn't wear

ThursdayNext said...

You mean did I enjoy the THREE thick slices of irish soda bread I ate? Oh you bet I did! :) Hope you are having a great day!

Anonymous said...

Off to friends tonight for corned beef and cabbage. We are making our own tomorrow in the crock pot (we love us our corned beef!)

meddlingkidd said...

Yep! Corned Beef and Cabbage, colcanan, potato soup, Irish soda bread, Guinness and Bailey's Irish Cream...Mmmmm!


Laura's mom said...

Hi Paula,
Thanks for this post. I had a couple of ripe bananas and not in the mood for more banana bread. I made these and halved the sugar and made mini muffins. My 3yo daughter has been inhaling them!