No matter how much a person likes to cook, it’s always nice to be cooked for. Even the most proficient home cook would probably be delighted to wake up the smell of pancakes and sausages sizzling on a griddle or come home to the welcoming aroma of roasting garlic and simmering tomato sauce.
Now, I’m not talking about being cooked for on a fourth or fifth date when the guy finds out you blog about food so he’s all like “Whoa, I can cook too!” and invites you over so you can watch him boil water (like a pro), faking awe and fascination from start to finish.
I mean, hypothetically.
In any event, I’m talking about instances where you have no idea that someone is cooking for you. Whether a friend makes you cupcakes on your birthday or you come home after a particularly trying day to find that your significant other has already planned and started dinner so that you don’t have to fuss, it means that you get to enjoy good food without lifting a finger and sometimes, that can be quite nice.
It’s equally nice when you visit your mother and she bakes. While we’ll never really be sure if she baked specifically for you or if your arrival was just a good excuse for said baking is negligible. If the baked goods are there, they should be eaten.
Mom’s Low-Fat Banana Muffins
What You Need:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup applesauce, sweetened or unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line a muffin tin with paper liners.
2. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together banana, sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla. Stir banana mixture into flour until just combined. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes (individual oven times may vary) or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool before serving. For best flavor, store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
**Note: These muffins are tiny, but given that each one is only 80 calories, you can either grab one on-the-go for a quick snack or eat two for breakfast alongside some fresh fruit for a well-rounded meal.Print This Recipe