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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Banana Blueberry Oat Bundles & Cherry-Almond Muffins

It's been too hot to cook lately. And when it gets this hot, it's hard not to think about the heat, so I ordered Gore's book, and will let you know when it arrives.

In the mean time, we had some overripe bananas, and you know what that means... Vive le Vegan's! 'Banana Oat Bundles'. This time was different though, because I had cardamom and parchment paper on hand, and I added 1/3 C. dried blueberries. Also, the bundles are consistently shaped because of my medium cookie scoop. Yummy, as always! :o)

I was inspired to make these muffins because of this photo at The House of Simon. I had to make a couple modifications based on what was in the kitchen. I used banana soy yogurt instead of vanilla; and I didn't have sliced almonds, so I chopped up whole ones in the food processor. I loved these muffins, but the girls didn't go for it. I'm pretty sure it's because this is the first time they've had nuts on muffins, and it threw them for a loop. Thanks for the inspiration, Carrie!


Blogger Melody said...

I have got to make those muffins.. I guess I need to find a small pan for my toaster oven, because I rarely use my big oven, especially in the summer..

btw, if you make the habanero sauce... and you use stevia.. only use 1/4 tsp ... not 1/2 tsp. with sugar, taste it after 1/4 cup and add more to your liking (this was my first time making it with stevia and it's a bit too sweet, even with less than 1/2 tsp of KAL stevia).. also.. it will separate if kept in the fridge... which is totally normal and fine.. just shake it before serving. (I forgot to add that in my post.. )

5:26 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

mmmmmuffins! :)

5:33 PM  
Blogger Melissa West said...

I love how everybody's muffins look a little different! Great idea to grind up your almonds!

6:11 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

I am not sure I can bake anymore. 100+ degrees= NOT baking weather. I'll except fresh baked donations though


6:20 PM  
Blogger EatPeacePlease said...

Vicki, these look fabulous. Of course you had to do the oven thing...

Like Teddy, I'll accept donations too (he he).

7:20 PM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

Vicki, first off, thanks for the shout out. I'm blushing. Those muffins were so friggin' good I bought more cherries to make another batch to put in the freezer. Cherry season is really winding down so I wanted to get this done while I still could get nice fresh ones. I put my leftover almonds in the freezer and I'm not sure if I'll have enough, so I'm going to keep your photo in mind when I'm stuck with nothing to go on top.
I made the banana oat bundles, but wasn't crazy about them. Too much banana flavour (I'm not really a fan of banana). I really like the oat part so I might try them again with applesauce and definitely BLUEBERRIES! Great idea!
Don't you just love Pampered Chef? I mentioned it somewhere on another post, but I just love their stuff. The baking stones are awesome and I have quite an assortment built up. I see in your linked photo that you also got the pastry blender. When I first used mine I couldn't believe how fast it got the job done. I was used to using the old-fashioned two knife method, so I was very happy with that purchase.
Try to keep cool! We had a giant thunderstorm, things cooled to 22C and now it's sticky again and they're saying 33-34C tomorrow with a humidex advisory on top of it. ICK!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

I went to a conversion table to get Fahrenheit temperatures. (Sorry, I forgot that you use Fahrenheit)
So, a nice 22C works out to 71.6F. Lovely!
32C is 89.6F and 34 is 93.2F. Might not sound that bad, but when they start telling you with the humidex it feels like 39C (102.2F) to 42C (107.6F) then it friggin' hot, sticky and gross!

8:01 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Vicki, i would be like your daughters! I am all about fruit or chocolate or craisins in my muffins!! And cookies as well.

Love this recipe though! I might give it a whirl when it cools down.

By the way... Great to see you post. I know you've been busy doin' all sorts of fun things (besides stayin' cool... hmmmmmm... is that fun?!)!! Would love to know what you've been up to, Vicki.

My mom want to see "An Inconvenient Truth" next week with me. Hooray!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

More great posts! YAY! Lovely pics as always! I will have to try some of your things...can you make it here by 5 today...haha...j/k.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

hi melody: i probably won't use stevia. so, do i use 1/2 tsp. sugar?

hi dori: i really like your photo on the bridge. :o) is that near your garden?

hi dragonslayer: it also occured to me that the same recipe can produce very different products.

hi teddy & eatpeace: gotta agree, it's too hot to turn on the oven...

hi carrie: applesauce/blueberry oat bundles sound great. i've never done the two knife method (sounds tedious), but i love my pastry blender - works so well. oh, how i'd love a thunderstorm, minus the humidity & dry lightening started fires! just some nice, cool rain. thanks for converting to fahrenheit - we've been hovering around the 100's, but ours is a dry heat. and unfortunately, there has been no wind.

hi kleo: i usually don't like nuts in my muffins, either. but, i couldn't resist my favorite nut (almonds) along side my favorite fruit (cherries) plus you add that great photo of carrie's! couldn't resist making even in this heat! horrray for you & your mom - tell me what your scientist-minded mom says, K?

hi harmonia: i'll be right over!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

Cherries and almonds sound so good! I don’t much feel like baking these days, but when it cools off I might try these. Or make some scones, I don’t remember the last time I made scones.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

If you use sugar, start with a 1/4 cup and add more to your taste. The stevia I use is VERY concentrated.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

Hi Vicki...

just wanted to say that.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Very pretty Vicki!

I just bought Vive le Vegan! yesterday and everything looks so yummy! So far I've made the banana oat bundles, brownies, simple dressing, and chocolate p-nut butter squares.

4:36 PM  

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