The other morning was turning out to be a great morning. The sun was shining, I was in a great mood and the kids were happily eating their breakfasts. It even looked as though everyone was going to make it to school on time. Now, as any mother knows – those perfect mornings are the ones that turn around and bite you in the butt.
As I started getting ready to pack their lunches, I asked what kind of sandwich they would like. That was when the morning came to a screeching stop.
My son looked up at me and declared he did NOT want a sandwich. He would like a muffin.
I told him that I didn’t make any muffins. He would have to take a sandwich.
“I will not take a sandwich.”
“YOU said that sandwiches are BAD!”
I stared at him trying to figure out if this was some sort of Jedi mind trick that kids pull. I was pretty sure I never said that (what the heck is wrong with sandwiches??) and at the same time I was trying to figure out if I said something about sandwiches that would give him that impression. He has a much better memory than I do. I was pretty sure I did say something…but it wasn’t coming to me.
I was starting to sweat, the clock started moving a lot faster and my morning was headed south. I knew if he thought I said sandwiches were bad, there was no chance of him ever eating one in the near future. I started frantically digging through my freezer. I knew there had to be an errant frozen muffin in there. I hit the JACKPOT and found a chocolate chip muffin. It was a little banged up, but at least it wasn’t a sandwich.
I tossed it into a tupperware and packed the rest of his lunch bag and quickly sent them on their way.
Once the kids were at school I knew I had to get some muffins together for his lunch the next day. I pulled out my sister’s standard muffin recipe, appropriately named “Tommy’s Favorite Muffins”.
As I started pulling together the ingredients I pushed a jar of Nutella out of my way. That’s when it hit me. Aaargh – Nutella!
The other day after he finished his homework, I told him he could play Minion Rush. I was helping my daughter with the rest of her homework and I asked her what she would like for snack. She said she wanted strawberries and Nutella. I raised my eyebrows a little at her because she had been on a Nutella kick. I told her it was ok to have sometimes, but every day twice a day was too much. I told her that was why I don’t let her have Nutella sandwiches every day for school – Nutella SANDWICHES every day ARE BAD.
That was what he heard. SANDWICHES ARE BAD – he heard some of it, just not all of it.
He tuned out our little chat about healthier choices. That when we make healthy choices it’s good to have a treat. That if she ate the best she could throughout the day, Nutella and strawberries could be a great dessert. Blah blah blah minions.
I tried to explain the whole sandwich debacle to him, but he wasn’t having it. Luckily I have my OvenArt Bakeware muffin pan. The OvenArt Bakeware silicone pan is nonstick and easy to clean. I have been baking muffins every 3 days and I’m happy that I have a reliable pan that I can clean faster than my muffins take to bake. I really love this pan and if you would like one of your own you are in luck! OvenArt Bakeware is offering our readers a %50 off coupon code. Enter the code NW4SXEJ2 during checkout on the Shipping & Payment page. You can enter your code under Gift Cards & Promotional Codes.
GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA MUFFINS
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups King Arthur Gluten Free flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 overripe bananas, smashed
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix together sugar and melted butter. Add eggs and mashed bananas; mix thoroughly.
Step 3: Combine wet and dry ingredients. Be careful not to over mix.
Step 4: Place batter muffin pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes (I usually start checking at the 20 minutes mark). Or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of a muffin. Cool on a wire rack.
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