Breakfast banana bites

Three years ago, we bought our house in Beaconsfield, Quebec. I was 7 months pregnant with Danika when we (finally) found the one. It was the 22nd home (give or take) that our Agent showed us. I knew it was it, the second we walked in (well, actually, I knew it was it, when I saw the pictures on days before).GirlEatingBreakfastBananaChocolateChipMiniMuffin-SmocksandShops

One of the things I love most about living here is that we have close friends, Nick and Pam, who live a couple of streets away and their two little girls go to the same daycare as ours. It’s so awesome to think that the girls have already known each other since they were born and that they will continue to grow up together out here. That is just so incredibly special to me.BabyEatingBreakfastBananaChocolateChipMiniMuffin-SmocksandShops

So, over the years, our two families have had plenty of meals together for various occasions. At their house, ours, parks, pools, etc, etc. Pam is an amazing cook. She bakes these insane banana chocolate chip muffins that are so delicious and such a hit with the girls (with us adults too). I needed the recipe, tout de suite! And lucky for me, she happily obliged.

When I bake these, they last 3, 4 days at the most in our house. Everyone’s self control flies out the window, whether I include the chocolate chips or not. Over time, I tweaked the recipe a little to leave out some of the sugar and fats the original version called for. This has to be the healthiest banana chocolate chip muffin recipe I’ve ever come across.

As I started baking this batch, I felt it was finally time to immortalize the recipe online. BreakfastBananaChocolateChipMiniMuffins-SmocksandShops

2 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 cup of rolled oats
1 tsp. of cinnamon
3/4 tsp. of baking powder
1/2 tsp. of baking soda
1 pinch of salt
2 large eggs (or egg substitute)
3/4 cup of plain yogurt
1/2 cup of apple sauce
1/4 cup of maple syrup
2 tbsp. of unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips (or more)

– Preheat oven to 350°c and spray or grease the muffin tray.
– Blend the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
– In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients, then add them to the dry.
– Combine the two with a wooden spoon, being careful not to over mix.
– Lastly, fold-in the chocolate chips.
– Spoon the batter into the mini muffin tray and bake 12-15 mins.
– Or, if you make normal size muffins, bake them for 18-20 minutes.BreakfastBananaChocolateChipMiniMuffins-SmocksandShops

A variance I came up with is to use pumpkin purée instead of the eggs. Simply substitute the 2 eggs in the recipe with 1/2 cup of pure pumpkin purée. Just as delish!BreakfastBananaChocolateChipMiniMuffins


Are you happy?

That is one of Danika’s favourite things to ask. Especially when she senses she’s in hot water. As in, we’re all sitting at the table and she’s not eating what she’s meant to. We inevitably get frustrated, after our repeated attempts at getting her to even just *try* the broccoli or the carrots fail miserably. Oh and bear in mind that these are all foods she’s actually eaten gobs of ever since she started solids and even declared these to be some of her favourites at one time or another, but now can’t stand the sight of them in her bowl or plate… And no! We must resist! We. must. not. bribe. her. with. chocolate… Again… [sigh] #fail.

So when she senses our frustration, cheeky munchkin that she is, she suddenly starts bombarding us with the same question over and over and over again. “Mommy, are you happy? Daddy are you happy? Mila is happy. Mommy are you happy? Are you happy Daddy? I think Mila is happy. Are you happy Mommy?” and on and on and on she goes, even though we actually do answer her. Cute, eh? So how can we stay upset… It’s impossible. Peter and I crack a smile at each other when she’s not looking.

AreYouHappy 8 x 10 poster

Anyhow, to commemorate her “how-to-avoid-eating-my-food-and-still-get-chocolate” question, I created a little printable poster (8 x 10 inches) and desktop background image (1280 x 720 pixels). Feel free to save and use.

Are you Happy? Desktop background image