When's the last time you said 'Thank You"? I don't mean just to the elevator man or when someone passes you your plate.
I mean saying a real, true "Thank You" to someone who does a lot for you each and every day. Who does stuff that never really gets a thank you.
Stuff like paying bills, booking your family vacation, getting groceries, driving & dealing with traffic, packing your lunch, making sure your stuff gets repaired and always looking out for you.
Today I gave a much overdue, much too small Thank You to my mum. There are loads of other people who deserve one too, my dad being one of them for sure. But he's out of town and at this point, I really think my mum's doing a lot.
I actually wanted to make her something else, but it required 2 days' worth of preparation-- so I went with Banana Almond Muffins. In addition to being moist and delicious, they're super healthy. I mean, it's a bit of a backfiring Thank You if the person is cursing you for the rest of the day because you spent half their daily fat and calorie allowance in one little tart.
I also tried to make her a cool coffee drink... I know nothing about coffee.
(Apart from mixing some instant coffee into warm milk...) I didn't even want to think about touching my dad's cappuccino machine, for fear of breaking something. After Googling a few ideas I tried to brew something on the stove. I have no idea how it tasted and if it was horrendous, then "thank you mum, for gulping it down!"
So today, say Thank You to someone. Give them a note, make them some tea, buy them their favourite candy and make these muffins. Even if you're not giving them to anyone-- they're just too divine to pass up. (Think of it as a Thank You to yourself ;)
These are nowhere near perfect. Mine crumbled quite a bit while taking them out of the pan and contrary to the ones on the websites, they weren't picture perfect. But just look at these photos from Honest Fare and What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today: They're fantastic.
Despite the imperfections, I'm really happy with the taste: moist, just sweet enough and delicious warm or cold. I'm definitely making these again.
Banana Almond Muffins
From What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today; who got it from Honest Fare; who got it from Stone Soup
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cook time: About 45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
I like to use lightly spotted bananas for this recipe, if you use very ripe ones it may take a tad longer to cook through. You can omit the cocoa power and add in some additional cinnamon and even some raisins if you prefer! I like the salty crunch of the coarse sea salt on top, but that’s up to you too.