A Lazy Sunday + Bananas Foster Muffin Tops

Good morning, everyone — hopefully you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Brandon and I are on the mend after not feeling so awesome this week, but we decided to take it easy this weekend in order to get some rest. Yesterday we watched — and I believe this is the scientific term — a metric crap-ton of TV on Netflix. We went from House of Cards (which, since we live in DC, sometimes hits a little too close to home) to Arrested Development, which we looooved.

On that note, I’d like to announce that I’m officially a total, full-fledged, TV-Guide-thumpin’ Arrested Development convert. How did I not discover this amazing show until now?! Was I living in a cave? (No, I was living overseas. But still.) It’s freakin’ hysterical, y’all — I can’t believe I’ve been living without this since 2003. My life has been changed! All praise Lucille Bluth!

Entertainment epiphanies aside, today’s agenda involved baking Bananas Foster muffin tops, which is a recipe I thought up on a whim. I knew I wanted to bake banana bread, but I wanted it to be…different. I love me some traditional banana bread, yes, but I had a hankering for Bananas Foster. I decided to get a bit creative with this, and…voila!

 

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On the non-culinary front, today will also involve getting a pedicure (the podiatric situation is getting dire, folks), and possibly seeing a movie with Brandon. Oh, who am I kidding? We’ll probably also watch more Arrested Development.

If I’m lucky (*crosses fingers, prays to every deity known to humankind*), I’ll also hopefully make a visit to the gym. At the risk of sounding like a total weirdo, I find that I really miss the gym when I’m sick. I firmly believe that it’s best not to push myself too hard when I’m not feeling well, so I give myself full permission to skip the gym and commune with the couch when I feel craptastic — but darned if I’m not itching to get back in there, ASAP.

In the meantime, though, here’s a recipe for the bananas foster muffin tops — as a side note, while I’m not vegan, I do enjoy vegan baking, and these muffin tops follow that vein. I’d love to say that I’m drawn to vegan baking for wholesome, healthy reasons…but in reality, it’s because I’m a total hedonist and am all about instant gratification. Raw eggs = I can’t eat the batter. Eggless recipes = my face in the bowl. Is this further proof that I have the maturity of a 5-year-old? Yes. Does that bother me? No. 😉

Now if you’ll pardon me, I have some batter to eat.

 

Bananas Foster Muffin Tops (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Ingredientes*:

  • 3 uber-ripe bananas, mashed into a puree
  • 2 tablespoons rum extract
  • 3 flax eggs (feel free to use 3 regular eggs, if that suits your fancy)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/2 cups Mama’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 small pinch of sea salt

Instrucciones*:

In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients (banana puree, rum extract, flax eggs) and mix thoroughly. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until combined. Spoon into muffin top tin, and bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Remove from tin, attempt to have some self-control before inhaling them. Fail at aforementioned attempt at self-control. Burn mouth. Regret nothing.

 

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*I’m a Coloradan married to a Texan (both of which involve a baseline level of Spanish proficiency), and we both studied Arabic…which means that a weird English-Spanish-Arabic hybrid is the language of choice in our home. We’ll call it Sparabish. Or Enganibic. Or something.

I hope everyone has an awesome day — see you tomorrow for MIMM!

Do you have any big plans for today?

Have you seen Arrested Development?

Do you use any weird language hybrids, like Spanglish or Franglais?

Banana bread: yea or nay?