Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Biscoff Banana Muffins

Moving back to the USA has really shown me how much I want to be a kid again. There are just so many adult responsibilities that are just no fun at all.

It was a lot easier (in some ways) living in New Zealand. You don't have to worry about getting medical insurance, and at least for us, not having a car meant not worrying about gas prices or car insurance (which isn't required there anyway). So now coming back home, we are having to deal with the things that have been pushed from our minds for the past almost two years.

On top of that, we are looking for a place to live, which we will also have to fill with furniture, and not to mention all the other regular bills that will be coming our way!

Matt's job still hasn't hit a place where it is a steady job or income. This is not because he is not talented, and they aren't sure if they want to keep him. No, it is just because the Portland animation industry is a little bit different, and the contracts tend to be shorter. Right now, it is a week to week thing, and while it is okay that we are getting income while staying with my brother and sister-in-law, it is not conducive to living a normal life.

So many things to think about!!! How I wish I was a child again! I would love to go back to a time where responsibilities were no where to be found, or the biggest one you had to think about was multiplying 5 by 5 and have it turned in the next day.

Why cant life be so much simpler?

This past Sunday, some grown ups decided to act like children again, so we went to the Willamette River to do some boating. We have a friend who also moved up here from Reno, and he's been inviting us to come out on his boat and wake board and tube and stuff. This weekend was the second time we went out with him.

We decided it was time to try out wake surfing. If you haven't seen wake surfing, and don't know what it is, check it out here.

You start out being pulled out of the water with a rope, like wake boarding, then you just ride the wake behind the boat until you can throw the rope into the boat and ride without the rope. I am not the best at describing it, but it is a lot of fun!

Matt and I tried it for the first time this weekend, and we both had a blast! It was surprisingly easy to get up on the board, despite not being attached to it, and I was even comfortable enough to let go of the rope at one point.

After my turn, my brother informed me that it took him two seasons to feel comfortable enough to throw the rope into the boat, and I just went ahead and did it on my first day. He also told me that I need to change my profession from food blogging to professional wake surfing.

So if this food blogging doesn't pan out, at least I have a fall back profession ;)

After a long day of boating in the sun, it was really nice to come home to some freshly baked bread. I was really itching for baking with Biscoff, and I found the perfect recipe. I tend to like things better in muffin form, so that's the only change I made to this one.

You wont be disappointed with this one! It was fantastic!

Biscoff Banana Muffins | Printable Recipe
makes about 18 muffins

  • 3 ripened bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff spread (I think next time I would add more just for fun ;))
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 15-18 Biscoff cookies, crushed to desired size
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the first five ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low.
  3. In a separate large bowl, combine the dried ingredients, minus the cookies. Mix well with a spoon or whisk.
  4. With the stand mixer on low, slowly mix in the dried ingredients into the wet ingredients, until fully incorporated.
  5. Add about half or 2/3 of the crushed up cookies to the mix. Stir in and turn mixer off.
  6. Spoon mixture into muffin pans about 3/4 high. Add remaining crushed cookies to the top and bake 12-15 minutes, until starting to get golden brown on the edges.
  7. Serve warm or cold. Store in Tupperware tightly covered and eat within a week (if it lasts that long!)
Source: Table for Two; only made into muffins instead of loaf

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  1. Boy do those sound yummy or what? I want to try this soon! Mama wouldn't be quite as happy with you being a professional wake surfer as your brother would be! Just keep that in mind, okay?

  2. Wow, your days in the sun makes me wish for summer right now. wakeboarding sounds so fun! Oh and I hope those studios will realize how good their studio will be with Matt there long term.

    Quick question, what does biscoff taste like? Is it similar to biscotti biscuits? Did you see any when you were in nz?

    Missing you!

  3. I'm so glad that you made this! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :) I really hope the best for you and Matt and that he gets something more permanent soon! I would be crazy anxious every week but it seems like you guys are taking it in stride and that's the best! You guys are each other's best support system :) good luck and see you so soon!! xoxo

  4. Ah yes - to be a kid again! But we are all kind of kids - God's kids - and He has His hand in the all :) So cast your cares upon Him :) And we are praying for you! But it does all suck and I am sure it will all come right soon - you guys have SUCH a wonderful attitude in all of this :) AH - Biscoff!!!! The rest of the world is LONGING for you! These look fantastic! These photos are stunning! I love that plate! xxx

  5. I've been wishing life was kid-like simple lately too :) I hope you find a good bit of permanence in your life soon, but am definitely inspired by your find the best in the days attitude. And in the muffins, obviously. Biscoff anything has been my favorite lately!

    1. Thank you so much! You are very sweet :) And I know! Biscoff! Ahhh, just the best! I am in love with it too. I have another Biscoff recipe coming next week, so stay tuned :)

  6. Ooh these look so yummy!! Bananas with biscoff, I can't think of a better pair!


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