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On Board the Crazy Train of Inspiration


Inspiration. I love that word. I love the idea of inspired thoughts and action. As human beings we are inspired by our world around us, every day, every moment. We just have to be aware of it.

For example, a few weeks ago as I was quickly breezing through the produce department on my way to the time clock, I overheard a snatch of a conversation between two co-workers. They were talking about Ozzy Osbourne. Bam! It hit me. I knew what I was going to be for Halloween this year. It was that simple and inspired.

Vampire Gran as Ozzy

Ozzy as Ozzy

A little scary

I’m not the only one lookin’ a little old

This was everyone’s favorite shot

Looking at some over ripe bananas in the fruit bowl this morning, I knew some baking had to occur today. Would it be muffins or waffles? I’ve fallen in love with two recipes lately and have been making them weekly. The muffins won the mental coin toss, so I commenced to prepare the pan, mash bananas, and gather my ingredients. The last time I made these muffins I added some sweetened flaked coconut. Everyone raved. I always put chopped nuts in the muffins, usually walnuts or pecans. Inspiration reared up and the bright light came streaming in. I heard the faint angelic voices in my head sing out in unearthly splendor. What if I add cocoa powder today? Chocolate, coconut and pecans = German chocolate goodness. German Chocolate Banana Muffins!

 

Holy breakfast break though, Batman! These are some fantastic treats. But are they really muffins? Or are they naked cupcakes? Cuppins? Muffcakes? (oh, that sounds kinda naughty). Breakfast cupcakes? Whatever we call them, they are inspired goodness. You be the judge.

German Chocolate Banana Muffins

1 ¾ cups spelt flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt (Kosher or sea salt)

¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted

1 ½ cups ripe mashed bananas (about 3 large or 4 medium bananas)

2/3 cups pure maple syrup

1/3 cup canola, sunflower or extra virgin coconut oil, melted

½ cup chocolate chips (use dairy free if making vegan muffins)

½ cup chopped pecans

1 cup flaked coconut

Turbinado sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375° Prepare 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or light coating of oil

Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cocoa powder in large mixing bowl.

In a smaller bowl mash bananas, oil, and maple syrup together.

Stir wet into dry ingredients until just mixed. Add chocolate chips, pecans and coconut.

Divide evenly into the prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle tops with turbinado sugar.  Bake for about 25 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Store in airtight container for up to 3 days. These freeze beautifully. Double wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in a freezer Zip Lock baggie.

Crazy full of chocolaty coco nutty Germany goodness

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5 Responses to “On Board the Crazy Train of Inspiration”


  1. 1 David
    November 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Lol!! Muffcakes…..love it! Going to have to try this one (gotta use my alterna-flour blend tho. Cursed wheat intolerance). Thanks for the inspiration!
    Oh and again, love the costume. Let me know how the voting goes.

    • November 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      Hey David!

      Thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to comment. Muffcakes, indeed! LOL! Let me know how the alterna-flour works out for this recipe.

      I placed third in the Halloween Costume thingy at work. Scored a $10 gift card for the store. Yay!

      Good seeing you the other day. Take care!

      P

  2. November 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I’m loving this recipe! Plan to make it for some T’giving guests staying with me in a couple weeks. You’re terrific, Miss Patty, and I love you!

    • November 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Megan! I knew you would be interested in this recipe. Let me know how you and your guests like them. Take care and enjoy your holidays!

  3. October 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve been making a regular muffin recipe lately as well! I love experimenting with the recipe…sometimes using applesauce or yogourt…I have also added coconut flakes 🙂 Trying adding some flax seed…they give the muffins a light crunch.

    Definitely going to try this recipe!


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