March being the beginning of spring,everyone in the household except me has got a spring in their steps.That is,hubby and kids practice steps,sway their bodies in a rhythm to every dance-able song. The reason being that they are having dance rehearsals everyday in their respective institutions.
Coming Thursday we'll be attending the Annual Day organized by S's company in a plush hotel.After a lot of talking and the presentation of awards there'll be a dance number performed by him and his colleagues.One of many acts to follow. That will be quite fun,considering the boring magic and game shows held last year.
I almost begged him several times to do his dance routine in front of me. He says he is saving it as a surprise.I warned him,though. He's not the savvy,vibrant,energetic dancer anymore who left me speechless and indignant at the same time, once in a party similar to high school prom.
Speechless because that was the first time time I've seen him dancing and boy,he was good ! Furious because instead of dancing with me,he does this Step Up movie street dance kind of a thing with his friends. That was a decade ago when we were dating. Now, it will be quite entertaining to watch him dance after such a long time (wink,wink). I can't help but feel glad that he's broken the rut ,moving his body and enjoying it. Keeping my fingers crossed till Thursday !
Now my two little munchkins are particpating in the school concert in two weeks time.Ahi is all enthusiastic about it keeps me up to date on all his dance moves and activities. Ammar being the shy guy,had to bribed with chocolate to shake his body says the class teacher. Looking forward to seeing my munchkins on stage for the first time.
Isn't that every mother's dream ? Seeing their tiny tots perform on stage,or grown up and receiving awards and accolades,and the round of applause sounding like a token of appreciation for what you have done as a mother. Ah.. The simple pleasures of motherhood !
Amid-st all these activities and excitement,I cooked and baked. There were some over ripe and browned bananas. I din't want them going to waste. Cooking banana pillows,a traditional recipe of deep fried mashed banana batter was out of the question. I was trying to fit into my old clothes again. So I perused the net in search of a healthy bake and came across one such recipe.
I had to make a few alterations,though. I used cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips. I was tempted to replace the brown sugar with a natural sweetener such as dates and honey but S and kids are still not ready to give up sugar entirely. They came out smelling wonderful out of the oven. I couldn't resist taking a bite while they were still warm. To be honest,it tasted too much of bananas and didn't quite sync with my taste buds.
I let them rest and tasted it again the next day. They couldn't be better. It was all chocolaty goodness with a slight hint of banana. May be next time,I should be patient with baked goods !
Choco Banana Muffins
(adapted from Wishful Chef)
3/4 cup wholweat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 tbsp sifted cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas mashed
chopped nuts of your choice(optional)
Preheat oven to 180 degree celsius.
In a large bowl,combine wholewheat flour,all purpose flour,baking powder and soda,salt,cocoa powder and ground flax seeds.
In a separate bowl,whisk together egg,coconut oil,yogurt,vanilla and milk.Mix wet into dry ingredients until moistened.
Fold in nuts if you are using them.
Fill the muffin cups till they are two thirds full.Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack.
It's best to refrigerate the extra ones you don't plan to eat the same day.You can warm in the microwave or take it out from the refrigerator 5 or 10 minutes before you want to have it.