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Saturday
Jan012011

Banana Cinnamon Muffins

banana cinnamon muffin

A new year, a new start.

I don't typically make New Year's resolutions because I can't seem to keep up my unrealistic expectations after a week or two. This year I want to try something different. I want to make resolutions that are real and attainable, even if they do take a little work. I want to make resolutions I can keep. These are a few that I am going to work towards this year:

1. Be Healthy

salad and poached egg

I want to be healthy in both body and mind. I think the key to the new year will be balance. Last year held high highs and low lows in both aspects for me. I truly believe that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind so eating better and working out will bring about happiness and peace of mind.

This year I want to work on eating more fruits and vegetables, but, more importantly, I want to work on a lower sodium diet. Although I love everything about salt, my body doesn't. Working on cooking from scratch and eating less processed foods will keep out much of the salt (and more of the calories!). My mother also picked up a family membership for the gym and I'm excited to start using it. I find that working out helps me not only sleep better, but feel better.

2. Take a Photography Class

winter afternoon

I first became interested in photography this year. I figured if I was going to be starting a food blog, I better learn how to take a good picture. Even though I know how to work all the manual settings on my camera, there is much much more to learn. Composition and lighting are always a struggle. Although I can judge which photos are more visually appealing to my own eye, I couldn't tell you why. A photography course could help me fill in some of those blanks (and that's something I am excited about).

Kara

3. Get a Job

After changing career paths, I am another unemployed member of society. Although I wouldn't mind continuing to spend my days baking and watching shows like Gossip Girl, I want to aspire to greater things. I have goals! I have aspirations! This year I would like to find a job that will allow me explore the culinary field, pick up some tricks of the trade, and learn more about what I love—food... Anyone hiring?

4. Keep Baking!

banana cinnamon muffin

Something tells me this resolution will be the easiest to keep. I can hardly keep myself out of the kitchen as it is. This year I am going to focus on baking healthy. I plan to continue healthier substitutions (like swapping butter and oil for yogurt or applesauce), but I also want to work on cutting down the sugar content (while keeping the flavor a priority). I think we all get plenty of sugar as it is. My desserts may be darker and more decadent with less of the sweet stuff, but I certainly don't think that's a bad thing!

Do you have any resolutions for the new year?

banana cinnamon muffin

I thought it was only fitting to start off 2011 with something that won't ruin our diets. These banana cinnamon muffins are healthy and delicious. Low in both butter and sugar, the sweetness in these muffins comes from the bananas (although you'd never guess it). At 150 calories each, these muffins will keep your resolutions intact and I think that's something we can all be happy about.

Banana Cinnamon Muffins

Yields 12 standard size muffins

1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
4 over-ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a muffin tin or line with baking cups.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat. Mix in the mashed banana. Stir in milk and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold dry ingredients into wet until just blended.

Spoon the batter evenly between the muffin cups and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Serve warm, with a small pat of butter, or at room temperature.

Reader Comments (13)

These seems like realistic resolutions. You forgot another "important" resolution that you should put as #5: Become fluent in French. ;)

Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2011!
01.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictor
Well said Kristin, another unexpectedly thoughtful entry for a food blog. The muffins look good too.
01.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRLW
Hi, I tried to subscribe via email but I never got the confirmation email. So I tried to subscribe again and it said I was on the list, open the confirmation email to confirm. However, as I said, I never got the confirmation email, LOL! So what should I do? Thanks!
01.2.2011 | Unregistered Commenterteapotrose
I'm a visitor who came to your blog from tastespotting. Just wanted to encourage you on your attempts to be healthy this year. We made the change last year and realized how do-able it is. Less processed foods is the key, particularly to cut back on that salt. If you're willing to cook your own meals you'll have no problem, it's mostly just about wrapping your mind around what a normal meal should look like (portion and proportion). There is a big wide internet full of great, healthy, delicious options. My #1 tip for success - plan your meals ahead. Having the recipes and ingredients set out for the week makes sticking to it a breeze. Good luck!!
01.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany
Teapotrose-- Have you checked your spam folder? Sometimes messages end up there (sadly). It may also take a few hours to receive the email.
01.2.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
This looks like a delicious muffin. Thanks for the recipe to help wean us off the Christmas sweets
01.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat
These look absolutely delicious! definitely sticking to my 2011 resolutions of baking and eating right. this makes them actually possible :)
01.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie
Hi Kristin,

Just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading your blog Chocolate and Tea. I share it with my coworkers and we all say you should pursue writing. You definitely have a gift with words! I love your new blog - the header is fabulous - very classy. I'm looking forward to seeing your growth as a baker evolve. I hope we get the chance to meet some day. If you're ever in Maryland be sure to look us up. Best of luck this year with your new endeavors!
Pam Cassidy (Meg's Mom)
01.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam Cassidy
Mmmmmm, these muffins look like a great way to start a healthy day! :) Thanks for sharing your resolutions and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!
01.3.2011 | Unregistered Commentersara
mmm these sound delicious! I love healthy muffins, they are my favorite!
01.4.2011 | Unregistered Commenterstephchows
Hey there, I found your site on tastespotting.com and made these delicious muffins today! i love them thank you so much for sharing the recipe :)
01.9.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjess
I just made these muffins tonight - they were PERFECT!! I love that they are low in sugar but still full of flavor! I added some pecans also - will def. be making these again. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)
02.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara
Those cinnamon muffins are really good looking. I am looking forward in making this one. It will be definitely a delicious one.
03.16.2011 | Unregistered Commentercribs

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