This wife also cooks. This wife also cleans. This wife also runs errands. This wife also is the designated driver. This wife tries to do it all. But through it all this wife is still a person… a person that still needs to take care of herself.
I told you all that I would share some of the things I learned in the BlogHer Food11 conference. One thing I learned was if people wanted to read recipes then they would buy a cookbook. I can’t remember which member of panel said that but it hit home. My blog started as a recipe collection for me and for others. I kind of wanted to bring some of Bermuda to America and vice versa. Then it turned into cakes. Well, I love to bake.. but didn’t want my blog turn into a huge cake gallery with no personality. And to me, that is what it was becoming. That member of panel then said the person who is reading your blog wants an experience… your experience with food. My blog wasn’t showing my experiences with food. I mean, it showed some of the good, the bad and the ugly…but not my thoughts on the dish… my thoughts of making it. I have become more relaxed in my writing since first starting but now I crave more from my blog. It is time for a change.
In addition to changing how I write up a recipe I am adding more healthy recipes. Oh… don’t huff and puff about it. I will still be blogging some good ole fattening desserts. Life isn’t life without some sweet dessert.
For the next few months I am trying to focus on my health and make a lifestyle change. I want to enjoy the lovely desserts with less guilt. Don’t we all? So majority of my meals can use a little cleaning up!
This brings me to a recipe I want to share. A healthy one. :)
Oatmeal Banana Muffins
adapted from: 3 fat chicks
…no flour….no sugar… just good ole fashion oats and fruit.
2 1/4 cup dry oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup skim or 1% milk
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup of applesauce
1 banana, mashed
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
cinnamon to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin pan with non stick spray or use liners.
Mix oatmeal, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in bowl.
Add rest of ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
Add to muffin pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Makes about 10 muffins.
Folks… do not make these and expect a fluffy oatmeal muffin. Nah… this muffin is purely oatmeal and banana and I chose not to add Splenda. But by all means you can. The original recipe calls for 1/3 cup of it. This muffin is dense and not too sweet. But for someone like me who is trying to break away from too much sweet and enjoy eating wholesome…it works. It makes a great healthy choice you can grab on the go. I toasted mine this morning and added mashed apple. It was a great breakfast treat with no guilt. If you are watching you flour and sugar intake I would definitely encourage you to try these and enjoy trying them in different ways!
Experiment with adding blueberries, raisins, oohh.. pineapple.. yum.
I think I am going to make another batch.