May 22, 2011

Strawberry Banana Muffins

Do you ever stop to think about how much you've changed? Since you were a kid. Since high school, college, since getting your first "big girl (or guy)" job? I'm sure there are many things about you that are still the same. Your favorite color (red). Favorite movie (Titanic). Favorite side of the bed to sleep on (right).

Did you fulfill your career aspirations, did you go to college, did you get married? Are you still in touch with friends from years past, or are you making new ones? Are there still things you'd like to accomplish, to experience?

I can tell you that I've always wanted to accomplish making strawberry banana muffins.

Haha. Just kidding! I actually do have reasons for these deep thoughts. And they are related to these muffins. I made them for the hubby. With rotations in full swing he doesn't have time to eat breakfast. He needs something to grab and go. So I make things for him. Banana bread, granola bars, banana nut muffins...

As of right now, I'm the person I always wanted to be. I went to go to college, became a teacher, and a good cook (I hope). I wanted to be married happily ever after. To someone who was smart and  intelligent. Who had drive and motivation. When the hubbs and I met in high school, he didn't know what he wanted to be. He didn't know until he took several science classes in college and said, hey, you know what, I think I want to be a doctor.

He declared his major in biochemistry, took the MCAT, and got into one of the best medical schools in the country. He survived his first two years (with me feeding him, clothing him, doing his laundry...) and took the first part of the boards exam. This week he found out his score.

How did he do? Phenomenal. Knocked it out of the water. And I just want to say that I'm so proud (and that he couldn't have done it without me, hehe). I'm so proud of who he is. Of who I am when I'm with him. Of who we are together. 

So I made him some muffins. It's the least I could do.

Source: Cook with Sara

1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large)
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
2 1/4 cups flour, divided
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and mashed banana. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.

In another large bowl combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a third bowl, combine the strawberries and the remaining 1/4 cup flour, stirring until all the berries are coated with flour. Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and stir only until just combined. Fold in the berries.

Divide the batter evenly among 12 paper lined or greased muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes 12-14 muffins.

By the way, these muffins are AWESOME. Incredible. The hubby and I split one as soon as they were cool enough to eat and I fought for the last bite! I love that brown sugar is used instead of plain ol' granulated sugar. I think it really makes a difference!

So, share with me, how have you changed? Or, what's something that you've recently accomplished?


  1. I was a nurse for 17 years...until our daughters finished college and then, due to health reasons, took a break. During a long, winter with over 104-inches of snow, I started working with paper to crate 3-D flowers using craft punches for the shapes. I've now written two books, travel to teach all over the world, and share my hobby with others. This makes me happy...just like your strawberry/banana muffin recipe! XOXO

  2. Those muffins look like a delicious breakfast to celebrate. I'm sure he enjoyed every one of them.

  3. Christina, these just scream summer breakfast on the go to me! :)

  4. Aww, what a sweet post. Congrats to your hubby!

  5. Oh my goodness. I want to make these muffins right this minute. Thank you so much for posting this!

  6. I am so glad you loved these - I love them too. I've already made them several times since posting about them! I don't know about you, but I can never get enough muffins!

  7. That is great that he did so well on the MCAT :) Your celebratory muffins look delicious. I wanted to invite you to link them up tomorrow at These Chicks Cooked. Have a good one!

  8. How sweet of you and congratulations to both of you for hard earned success! These muffins look perfect.

  9. Yum! these look delicious! I am going to have to try these out! I am your newest follower and would love it if you checked out my blog and followed me too! Thanks!

  10. Thanks for linking up, christina! Hope to see you again soon:)


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