Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins – Your Kids Will Love These!

January has been an endless bout of sickness for me and my kids.

Ugh.

Stuffy noses, fevers, coughs…

Nothing serious, which is a blessing, but my poor babies are getting very tired of feeling sicky all the time, and I totally get where they are coming from.

Has anyone else noticed the supreme amount of germs swirling around this winter?  I hope you are staying healthier than my littles!

Anywhoo, I managed to whip up these delicious muffins the other day, and by the next morning, 90 % of them were safely in my babies’ bellies.  They love them so much that I find it a challenge to keep a dozen in the house for more than an hour!

As soon as these muffins have cooled enough, their little hands are all over them, dosing their sweet faces with melted chocolate and filling their bellies with warm, deliciousness.

I substitute maple syrup for sugar in these muffins and bananas and apple sauce for eggs, making these a healthier option but no less tasty!

Give ’em a try and see if you can keep them in your house longer than I can!

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Round up all of your ingredients.

Sometimes I like to pre-measure my ingredients so that I can quickly and easily do the prep work, but you don’t have to.

Also, it makes baking with my littles so simple, as all they have to do is add the ingredient, which is all ready to go!

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Mash up your ripe bananas with a fork.

Mash away until…

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They look like this ↑

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Next, add some apple sauce.

I used unsweetened apple sauce here, as your muffins will be plenty sweet with the maple syrup, vanilla and chocolate chips.

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Add your vanilla.

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Add your pure maple syrup.

The pure part is important.

It needs to be the real deal!  May I suggest some lovely Canadian maple syrup?  It will be fantastic!

 

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My little girl’s favourite part of this recipe is when she gets to lick the measuring cup out here.

You can do that too, if you like.

Give all of your wet ingredients a good stir until everything is nicely combined.

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Sprinkle in your baking powder over the combined wet ingredients.

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I stir those up and then add a dash of salt.

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Then pour in your whole wheat flour!

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Start stirring everything together.

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Stir until just combined.

Your batter will look like this ↑

Be careful not to over stir – this will result in your muffins being too tough!  After all, these are muffins, not cookies.

See what I did there?

Tough cookie?

Mom joke, anyone?

No?

Carry on…

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Pour in your delicious chocolate chunks!

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Stir up your batter until just combined.

Again.

No one likes a tough muffin.

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Scoop your batter into a greased, dozen muffin pan.

I used my 1/3 measuring cup, as it is nearly the perfect size and it makes my life easier.

However, you can choose whatever makes your life easier!

Pop your muffins in the oven for 22-25 minutes and then…

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Voila!

Banana chocolate chunk muffins!

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Dig into the deliciousness before someone else eats all of them!

Enjoy.

Repeat!

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Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins – The Foodie Mommy

Prep time:

10-15 minutes

Serves:

12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease your muffin tin with butter or a butter substitute like Earth Balance.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the bananas and pour the apple sauce, vanilla and pure maple syrup over the mixture.  Stir to combine.
  4. Sprinkle the baking soda over the mixture, and give it a quick stir.
  5. Sprinkle in your dash of salt and then pour in your flour.  Stir until the ingredients form a batter.  Do not over mix, as this will make your muffins tough!
  6. Fold in the chocolate chunks and divide in a greased muffin pan equally.  I use a measuring cup scoop (1/3 cup) to add the batter to the muffin pan, but you could use a spoon or even an ice cream scoop.
  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of your muffins comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Momstrology – Book Review – An Astrological Guide For All Mamas!

Have you ever wondered if your baby or child’s star sign influences their behaviour or mood?  Do you ever notice that your little guy goes a little wild during a full moon?  Or is your little girl bull headed and stubborn?  It may be their star sign!

I was curious, myself.  Sure, I’ve read my astrology in the back of magazines as I waited in the dentist office, but that was really the extent of the knowledge I had of my star sign.

With everything that 2017 brought me, I found myself searching inward and deeper.  I felt very lost and felt that if I had some further insight, some further knowledge about myself, it would assist me in finding the answers for my current situation, as well as help guide me down the right path for my future.

Which brought me here, to this book!

I discovered the AstroTwins on Instagram, quite randomly – or, as the universe would say, quite deliberately – and I was led to their book, Momstrology.  I read about my babies’ star signs first, and then lapped up their insights on my own sign as a mother next.

And, let me tell you, it was eerily accurate!

My little guy is a Cancer baby, and he did not leave my arms for…oh…about the first six months of his life!  I am not even exaggerating – he co-slept (and still does), as he would scream at the top of his lungs each time I set him down in his own crib.  He loves to be with me, to be held, to be cuddled, and to nurse.  Now, granted, newborns and young babies and kids need all of these things to feel loved and secure – and my daughter received lots and lots of attention, holding, cuddling and nursing as well.

But my little Crab was on a whole new level!

And he still is, a year and a half later!

Just as an example, at his six week check up with the midwife, she took him to change him out of his clothes and diaper so that she could weigh him accurately.  I was a mere two feet away and the process only lasted about a minute, but he screamed and screamed, and searched for me, and then made lasting eye contact with me.  Minke, my midwife, said she’s never seen a newborn search and maintain eye contact with their mother like that before.

Oh, and the fact that he gained almost 10 pounds in his first 6 weeks of life, may give a hint of just how much he loved to nurse.

Crabs are the sign associated with the chest, so it’s not actually surprising that my guy loves to nurse.

Could I have used this knowledge when he was first born?  Would it have made my life easier to anticipate that he would be a little tiny baby kangaroo who needed this kind of constant contact and nursing?

Absolutely!

Was it also fun and entertaining to read about my perspective as a mother?

Definitely!

Do I think that all mamas would love to read this to gain insight on not only their children, but themselves?

Without a doubt!

So if you, or a mama you know, would love a bit of easy, enjoyable reading which also has the benefit of helping to understand your babies and their sweet quirks, as well as your own, special traits, then I highly encourage you to grab this book!

Get your very own copy here: Momstrology: The AstroTwins’ Guide to Parenting Your Little One by the Stars

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Cast Iron Skillet S’Mores Dip – Super Easy and Super Delicious Recipe

 

Today is the last day of 2017!

If I had an automatic  applause button next to me right now, I would definitely hit it!

Several times.

2017 has been a whopper of a year for me.

Though it has been the year that I have experienced the greatest amount of loss, it has also been a year to make me focus on my own, personal goals and what I really want out of my life.  It has been absolutely transformative, and though it has been absolutely painful as well, the transformation could not have been achieved without the pain.

So that’s the bright side I am determined to view.

Despite looking on that bright side, I am happy and relieved that 2017 is very nearly over.  And what better way to ring in the new year than with an extremely delicious (and easy!) recipe?

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Confession time:  I love s’mores.

I’m not sure if that is really a confession, as s’mores are difficult not to like… The combination of melty marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers are pure heaven!

2nd confession time:  I hate camping.

There.

I said it.

I really do.

Give me a cottage on a lake any day and I will very gladly take it over a tent.  While I don’t mind a good campfire and roasting marshmallows, I do not enjoy the camping that comes along with it.

So, imagine my delight when I was experimenting in my kitchen and discovered this summertime favourite treat can be made not only indoors, but during a blizzard!  (I live in Canada, so blizzards are a pretty regular occurrence around December!)

Not only are these delicious, but the prep work is super easy and quick, and they bake in the oven in just 5 minutes.

If you’re looking to impress your guests tonight (and have a pretty chill cooking experience while you’re at it), look no further.

Your next recipe is here.

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Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Then, get all of your yummy ingredients together.

You will need butter or a butter substitute like Earth Balance, chocolate chips, marshmallows and graham crackers for the dipping.

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Using your butter or Earth Balance, grease the skillet.

This will making cleaning your skillet much easier.

Oh, and the chocolate chips will melt on to your graham crackers easier.

So, there’s that bonus.

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Pour your chocolate chips into your skillet!

If you have little helpers like I do, this is a super fun thing for them to do!

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Keep pouring those chocolate chips!

So.

Much.

Chocolatey.

Goodness.

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Pat down the chocolate chips so that they are evenly layered on the bottom of your skillet.

Try not to pick out too many of them to taste.

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Arrange your marshmallows on their sides in the skillet in a nice little circle.

Oh!  And there are vegan marshmallows, which I used, called Dandies!  They are delicious!  Give them a try!

Repeat.

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And repeat.

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You can give the middle marshmallow a little “boop” if you need to.

My little one enjoyed this part.

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Then pop your skillet in the oven and wait for 5 minutes and unveil your glorious creation!

The dip needs to rest a further 5 minutes – the chocolate will continue melting and the marshmallows will continue to melt over the chocolate during this period.

Plus, the cast iron skillet will be very, very hot!

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Grab a graham cracker and scoop!

Enjoy.

Repeat.

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Cast Iron Skillet S’Mores Dip – The Foodie Mommy

Prep time:

5 mins

Serves:

4-12 (it totally depends on how much each person is going to eat!)

Ingredients:

  • butter or butter substitute like Earth Balance
  • 2 270g bags of chocolate chips
  • bag of large marshmallows (I used 44 here, but it’s not an exact science – it depends on how much you smush them together, but you want your chocolate chips to be covered) Also, there are vegan marshmallows that are super delicious! Try them out here: Dandies Vegan Marshmallows (3x10oz)
  • graham crackers for dipping

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  You will be using the middle rack, so make sure that’s in place!
  2. Grease your skillet with butter or a butter substitute like Earth Balance.
  3. Pour both bags of chocolate chips into your skillet and pat them down to evenly cover.
  4. Place your marshmallows on their sides in your skillet in a circle.  Repeat, in a circular pattern, until all the chocolate chips are covered.  I used a 10″ skillet here but I imagine you can use a slightly larger or smaller skillet and achieve the same, delicious, results!
  5. Pop your skillet into your heated oven on the middle rack and let bake for 5-7 minutes.  I baked for 6 minutes, myself.  This is one of those recipes you should use your oven light for – watch those marshmallows carefully, as they can go from roasted to burnt super quick!
  6. Carefully remove from your oven – it will be hot!  Let it sit for 5 minutes to let all of the flavours fully melt together and get even more gooey.
  7. Dip in your graham crackers and scoop out the deliciousness.  The skillet will remain hot for awhile so be careful of your fingers – and your little one’s too!
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Welcome to The Foodie Mommy!

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Well, hello there!  Welcome to The Foodie Mommy!  I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope that you have a good look around.  I’m hoping that my blog will connect with you and give you some meal inspiration, whether you are a mommy or not!

A little about me – the person sitting stoically in silhouette – is that I’m generally not really all that stoic, although I can be if I’m contemplating something quite important.  I am usually more upbeat and bubbly, and you can often find me being silly with my littles.

Speaking of littles, I’m a single mama of two, who I lovingly refer to as my Foodie Babies. I have a five year old girly and a one year old guy and they are my everything.  We face the world, just the three of us, with a little help from family and friends along the way.

I love creating different recipes (and testing new recipes!) and capturing the life of my little ones as it unfolds.  I’m an avid photographer and love to share my artistic view of my surroundings.  This blog is a little snapshot into my days and I hope to share some of my joy with you along the way.