11 June 2012

Monday Motivational Muffins

Hello there!
I hope you had a lovely weekend.... here on the Causeway Coast things were busy, but I guess for most of us that is the way of it. In between various drop-offs & pick-ups, laundry, cooking, dog-walking etc. I managed to get a wee bit of (much-needed) gardening done..
I also made these scrummy banana & chocolate muffins. 
They are a big favourite in our house & a great way to start the week.....so here's the recipe if you fancy the look of them.....
1) Preheat oven to 200' C/ 400'F/ gas mark 6 & line a muffin tin with muffin cases
2) Mix the following dry ingredients in a large bowl:
  • 360g plain flour
  • 240g golden caster sugar
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt

3) Mix the following wet ingredients in another bowl:
  • 3 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 115mls vegetable oil
  • 3 large bananas mashed
4) Pour the wet mixture into the dry & fold together using as little folding as possible (don't worry if it seems lumpy, it will be grand!)
5) Fold in 100g dark chocolate & 100g white chocolate chips (or all dark or all white if you prefer - avoid milk chocolate as it is too sickly with the banana)
6) Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, filling about 3/4 full (so they won't splurge over the sides when cooking)
7) Bake for 20-25mins until golden. Remove from the tin & cool on a wire rack for as long as you can resist (approx 10 seconds in our house)
8) Serve warm with a knob of butter & a lovely cup of tea!

Now it may be just a sugar rush, but after eating one (or two) of these I'm ready to tackle some exceptionally late sewing projects which I need to do.... So for the rest of this week I'm going to try to complete one each day  & was wondering if you you have any stitchy stuff which you need to do? If so, would like to join me?  This is my list:
  • Make a fathers day gift for my dad...something for his camera
  • Make a fathers day gift for my husband....something for his surgery
  • Post off some bee blocks
  • Finish a secret gift for someone in our Care Circle bee
  • Make a start at the Handstitched Class project
My plan is that each day I will post the finished project so you can keep tabs on me! If you feel up to the challenge let me know & I'll check up on you too! If you still need some motivation here's something someone much wiser than me once said:
So go for it!
I'll see you tomorrow with a progress report (hopefully)... in the meantime I'm off to eat another muffin!
Hope you have a great day & accomplish much


  1. Can't wait to see your fathers day gifts. Unfortunately I don't have time to make any ;)

  2. Those muffins look scrummy - I bet they didn't last long. Interested as what camera orientated gift you make..... As I need some ideas for Christmas.....ooh did I mention that word too early?

  3. The muffins look fabulous! Good luck with the sewing list!

  4. Love the recipe and the photos of the muffins! But you do have a list of things to achieve!

  5. Good luck with your list (however you may keep the poisonous muffins ;o) )

  6. Hi Karen. I'm going to play along ;o)
    But my to do list is rather dull...
    1. Mend my boys' jeans (I posted about this just today)
    2. Mend more jeans
    3. Turn jeans with toooooo many or tooooo big holes onto shorts
    4. Finish my Jelly Roll (Race) Quilt that I started in London.

    Although #1-3 have highest priority I predict that # 4 is completed first - so much more fun ;o))€

    Happy Sewing

  7. Next year, make the muffins BEFORE retreat!

  8. Right... Just popping out for Bananas.....!!