banana muffins with steel-cut oats

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Yesterday was the husband and I's second wedding anniversary. 

I thought we were going to keep it low-key since we're going to a fancy night out in a few weeks, but he came home early to take me out for a surprise lunch. 

Nice right?

I wasn't home. I was having lunch with the ladies from my baby group. 

I felt bad, but then again, I didn't know he was going to come home. Anyways, he gave me a beautiful orchid and a stash of french macarons. 

To make up for everything I was going to make a lovely dinner and we were going to have some wine, and just enjoy ourselves at home. 

The reality slapped us in the face and we ended up spending the evening at a walk-in clinic (over 2 hours to be exact) because Avery's finger has somehow gotten infected. 

After the clinic, getting the prescription, putting Avery to bed, and making a quick dinner, we weren't in the mood for anything but the couch. We watched No Reservations, Vancouver episode (!!!) and then went to bed. 

Sounds like a pretty fantastic way to spend an anniversary to me.

Banana muffins with steel-cut oats
[ from the Kitchn]

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour ( or any other whole grain flour)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large)
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cooked steel-cut oats (cooking instructions here)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tin with liners, or grease liberally with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk to blend completely. 

In another medium sized bowl, whisk together the banana, milk, lemon juice, oil, vanilla, eggs, and the steel cuts oats. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. 

Spoon evenly into prepared muffin tin and bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until muffins are lightly golden and a tester inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

love this guy.