I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!
I am really particular about my bananas. I love snacking on ones that are just on the verge of ripeness, but once they hit that ripe to slightly overripe phase? Blech: they kind of gross me out. So most of the bananas I buy end up being frozen to put into smoothies, or I let them blacken. Then I make banana bread or muffins.
I have been eyeing a recipe for Coconut Cocoa Banana Muffins over on the lovely blog Food Loves Writing for a while now. Yesterday I was going to make those muffins but then I realized I was out of eggs (yes, even those of us with chickens find ourselves without eggs sometimes!). So I decided to change up the muffins a bit and make them vegan, and to leave out the cocoa and coconut since my family really prefers simple to embellished when it comes to baked goods.
These vegan banana muffins really are exceedingly simple to make, and they are delicious! They have wonderful banana flavor and a dense texture I really like. I used Florida Crystals Demerara Cane Sugar to sweeten them, but you can use any type of granulated sugar, including organic cane sugar or coconut sugar, in yours. I tossed bittersweet, fair-trade chocolate chips into 1/3 of the batter, but accept my apologies for not measuring exactly how much I used (I am a terrible food blogger sometimes!) If you prefer to make these with an egg and butter, they won’t be vegan (but they will be yummy). We’ve been enjoying them with a smear of organic peanut butter on top.
Be sure to check out all of Shanna’s recipes. I frequently drool over her food and her writing! Speaking of her writing, she wrote one of the most beautiful ebooks I have read: it’s called Written Together: A Story of Beginnings, in the Kitchen and Beyond. I read it a few months ago and absolutely loved it…you will love it, too!
This is a high protein (14 grams for the eggs plus 10 grams for the ricotta = 24 grams), very tasty egg dish. It was inspired by a recipe in Nigel Slater’s new book Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes (I could spend hours at a time reading this book by the way…it’s fabulous). This is an incredibly simple recipe: just whisk 2 eggs with 1/2 cup ricotta (store-bought or make your own and cook in a pan with a little butter until the eggs are as set as you like. I added a handful of baby spinach and a little fresh thyme while the eggs were cooking, too…very yummy with a little homemade hot sauce on top.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Albion Fit. The opinions expressed herein are 100% mine.
I spend a good deal of time in exercise clothes. I am a big fan of being comfortable…what can I say? So when Albion Fit contacted me about reviewing one of their items and hosting a giveaway, I did not hesitate to say “yes”.
Albion Fit is a family-owned apparel company located in Utah. They sent me their Signature Hoodie (pictured below, but mine is blue) and I’ve been wearing it all the time: it’s super soft, very comfortable, and really pretty, don’t you think? All of their clothing is beautiful (and you can learn more about the company, including their commitment to green manufacturing here).
This giveaway is for a $100 gift card to Albion Fit that you can put toward your own hoodie. Or swimsuit. Or yoga top or pants. If you work out (or just like to dress comfortably, like me!), you are sure to find something you love from Albion Fit (or you can use the gift card to buy something for someone you love!).
The giveaway will end on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at midnight EST: please enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The mandatory entry requires you to visit Albion Fit and then leave me a comment telling me which item(s) is/are your favorites. You can gain additional entries by 1. pinning something from Albion to one of your Pinterest boards and leaving the link in a comment and 2. following @albionfit on twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. To be eligible to win, you must live in the USA, and you may not have won an Albion Fit giveaway within the past six months.
Albion Fit is also giving my readers a special discount code! Use the code “healthygreen20″ for $20 off any www.albionfit.com purchase of $100 or more. This code expires on 11/22/13 at midnight EST.
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