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Hello 2015 readers!

I’ll spare you the long drawn out “it’s a new year and I’m going to blog more and eat healthier” post because I say it every year, and I never follow through. Instead I’m going to skip straight to a fabulously delicious recipe I made this morning and let you question my sanity when I tell you that these bran muffins are actually AMAZING. They’re seriously so good!

Let’s give credit where credit is due. I found the recipe on Pinterest, and it seems to have originated here on a page called “The Recipe Rebel”. And I definitely plan on perusing through the page some more because this recipe was such a hit! Hopefully the rest of the recipes on the page are as impressive!

Anyway, enough with the suspense!

INGREDIENTS
1¼ cups All-Bran Original cereal
¾ cup milk
3 large overripe bananas
1 egg
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
½ cup chocolate chips, plus additional for top if desired

INSTRUCTIONS
In a large bowl, combine cereal and milk. Let sit 3-4 minutes until soft.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with about 16 paper liners.
Add bananas to bowl and mash with a whisk. Whisk in egg, applesauce and brown sugar.
Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the bowl. Stir in with a spatula. Stir in chocolate chips.
Ladle into prepared muffin pans and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes (Mine baked exactly 19 minutes) until a toothpick comes out clean or mostly clean.
Let cool to room temperature (you can dive in before that, but the paper liners are difficult to remove from warm muffins!).

Yield: 16 muffins

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Surprisingly enough, this recipe actually did yield 16 muffins. Sometimes I find that muffin/cookie/cupcake recipes are very unrealistic with their predicted yield. But I used large size muffin pan liners, and this turned out spot on!

And they’re delicious.

Seriously, go make them!

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I recently discovered what will likely be the thing that kills me – single-serve microwave brownie in a cup! Soooo good! But undeniably evil.

Usually I like to credit the original source of any recipes I post, but I honestly have no idea where this one originated. It’s all over the Internet. (Actually I’m surprised I hadn’t discovered it before now!) Just google “brownie in a cup” or “brownie in a mug” or “microwave brownie” or any variation of those and you’ll get millions of results all producing the exact same recipe. I clicked on a link to a blog called My Happy Place so that’s where I’ll give credit!

But, anyway, I’ve kept you waiting long enough!

Brownie in a Cup

2 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. water
1/4 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
2 tbsp. cocoa
4 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. flour

In a 12 oz. mug, add water, oil, and vanilla. Whisk well.

Add cocoa, sugar, and flour… And mix it all up!

Microwave for 60-90 seconds. Center should be
slightly molten.

That’s it. It’s that easy. Which is part of what makes it so evil. If it required a great deal of work, I wouldn’t be near as tempted to make them. But I can mix it up in quite literally one minute and by the time I’ve put all the ingredients back in the cupboard, it’s done!

Bonus to the evil? It’s dairy-free! So I can get a super rich chocolate fix without torturing my poor breastfed child.

Seriously. Try it.

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