Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Show some love!

Oh my goodness, is it February 14th already??

This can be the most hated/loved day of the year.  My family has always taken Valentine's Day pretty seriously.  We used to make hand-made valentines and exchange them while eating a festive dinner prepared by Mom.  I usually ended up with a pair of heart decorated socks.

Whether you like this nutty holiday or not, we are in the doldrums of winter so any reason to celebrate is essential!

Mr. PT woke up this morning to heart shaped banana bread muffins.  Man, he is so spoiled sometimes!

For delicious banana bread muffins, you will need:
-2 1/4 cups of flour (white or whole wheat)
-1 cup sugar
-1 tsp salt
-1 1/4 tsp baking powder
-1 1/4 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp cinnamon (or more)
-1 tsp cloves
-1 tsp ginger
-1 tsp nutmeg
-2/3 cup milk
-1/2 cup yogurt
-2 tbs veggie oil or apple sauce
-2/3 cup egg whites (about 4 eggs)
-1 1/4 cup of mashed bananas
-2/3 cup chopped nuts (optional, I use walnuts)

Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and wet ingredients and mix well.  Slowly add the dry ingredients.  Stir in the nuts.

To make these muffins extra hearty, I added a few generous handfuls of oats!

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.

I made jumbo muffins!  I sliced one in half this morning and used a cookie cutter for the heart shape.  Banana bread is a great way to use those old brown bananas you stash in the freezer.

Happy Valentine's day!

Combine with one long day of exercise a week.   Most workouts only need to be 30 minutes, but allow your body to move for 60 once in a while.  Build that endurance!

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