Put a smile on your face muffin cakes. A tribute.

Do you ever find that “the powers to be” are always giving you a reality check? A little reminder to say “Don’t get ahead of yourself there cowboy!”? Well, that is what happened to me when I was trying to take the photos of these delicious muffins. Or as we like to call them in our house hold ‘muffin cakes’.

When I made these I forced my family – well mainly my husband – to stay away from the ones that I thought were the best for the photo shoot. Repeating it over and over again “Don’t eat these ones, I need to photograph these for the blog!”. I made the muffin cakes on the Friday and still hadn’t gotten to the photo shoot by Sunday. My husband showed great restraint from eating the muffin cakes. So, on Sunday afternoon, when I had finally gotten our son down for his nap, I was all gung-ho to get this show on the road! I knew I had a small window of time to get things set up and snap as many photos as possible. I had arranged the set with a blue background, black wood flooring a teacup and of course the muffin cakes. I was snapping away but the photos just weren’t looking the way I had hoped.

I got up to grab a vase with flowers in it to place on my ‘set’, walking away for only a moment. Did I mention that this ‘set’ of mine was located on the floor? Only a few feet away from my resting dog. Yup, you know where this is going…

When I returned from grabbing the flowers (which never made it into the photos because they were too big for the picture) I noticed that I was missing a muffin cake and my dog was now sitting in the corner of the room with his back to me. When I called to him he just looked up at me as if I was a fool to think that the muffin cake was going to make it into the photo shoot. You left this for me, right mom? My husband and I had a huge laugh. Obviously if the food is on the floor then it’s for the dog! And of course he ate the prettiest looking one! The universe was making sure I was in check – at least it was funny! Thanks universe ;)

This week’s post is dedicated to our dog, who passed away on Monday due to heart failure. Our dog was a huge part of our lives and was with us from almost the very beginning. He was a large part of my healing from my cancer therapy. He was the reason why I got out for fresh air, taking walks around the block and getting some exercise. Our dog would snuggle with me while I rested from my treatments and was always by my side if I was crying or felt alone.  Any time my husband or I would raise our voices, he was right there climbing up our legs reminding us to stay calm and talk it through. Our dog was even included in our wedding photos (my husband tried to convince me he should walk down the aisle with our rings, but I thought best not too – he was always so stubborn I can’t imagine him making down the aisle). He was a great dog and a wonderful part of our lives. While our hearts are full of sadness, we remember the moments with him that made us laugh and put a smile on our faces.

Banana Oat Chocolate Chunk Muffin Cakes
  • ½ cup organic butter, softened
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 over ripe bananas, mashed (I find best results when they have been frozen)
  • ½ cup butter milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1½ cups rolled oats (gluten free)
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped into chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat muffin tin with a little olive oil.
  2. In a bowl, mix together butter, honey, eggs, mashed bananas, butter milk and vanilla.
  3. In a separate large bowl, stir together rice flour, oats, xanthan gum,baking soda and salt.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, folding with your trusty spatula. Try not to over mix the ingredients or it makes the muffin cakes very dense.
  5. Fold in the chunks of chocolate.
  6. Scoop batter into muffin tin filling each one about ¾ full .
  7. Bake for 40 - 50 mins or until golden brown. Makes 12 large muffin cakes or 24 mini muffin cakes. Enjoy warm or cooled!




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One Response to Put a smile on your face muffin cakes. A tribute.

  1. Trevor says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for such a touching dedication. We love you Dex! I’m glad you got a muffin cake:)

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