Before Daughters go to sleep every night, they pick out their clothes and set them out ready to go. I remind them that when they get up their job is to brush their teeth, wash their face and get changed and ready. I do this with the hope that in the morning, I will not have to ask them to do anything. I will wake up and they will wake up and angelically appear ready for their breakfast. However, that has not been the case for the past few weeks. Daughter #1 wakes up, and instead of getting dressed, climbs down from the top bunk, and hops into bed with Daughter #2 on the bottom bunk and the two of them read together. Invariably I walk by their room, say, "Get dressed now, or we're going to be late" to deaf ears, as I wind my way downstairs to quickly get breakfast together.
Last night I prepared all the muffin dry ingredients, lined my muffin pan, set aside measuring cups and measuring spoons with oil and vanilla extract all on the counter ready to go. I woke up earlier than usual in order to get the muffins into the oven so that they would be baked and ready for breakfast, before we all walked Daughter #1 to school by 8:20 AM. I ran upstairs to discover both Daughters in bed, reading books and giggling. I said to them with frustration, "Get ready now" and then heard the yells of Son next door who was now up.
Chaos began and it threatened to send me back to bed with the covers over my head. I had to get Son ready, continue nagging Daughters to get ready, and try and maintain a calm cool exterior as my insides churned and I realized that time was running out.
The muffins finished and I ran downstairs to take them out, and ran back upstairs to find Daughters lying on the floor of their bedroom giggling about something. I raised my voice, told them we were going to be late and corralled them into the bathroom to begin their morning hygiene routine.
Finally, by the time I had lunches packed, backpack strapped on backs, Son dressed, there was only enough time to grab muffins, put them in a bowl and walk to school. As we walked, Daughters munched happily on muffins, and skipping their way to school. Daughter #1 and #2 each had two and said that they were so good.
I essentially rewarded them for their poor performance in the morning with an al fresco breakfast on the run. Sigh.
**Cooking note - prepare your dry ingredients the night before. Measure out the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in one bowl, sugar in another. Leave out measuring spoons and cups needed and line your muffin pan. Breakfast in a jiffy in the morning.
Dairy Free, Egg Free, Strawberry Banana Muffins (Vegan)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
5 large bananas, mashed (depends on how banana-y you like it)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup safflower oil or sunflower oil (or your choice of vegetable oi)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup strawberries, diced
Turbinado (raw) sugar for sprinkling on top (this makes for a nice little crunch)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. (DO THIS THE NIGHT BEFORE)
Combine bananas, sugar, vanilla and oil in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture and mix until smooth. Carefully fold in strawberries. Scoop into muffin pan. Sprinkle tops with a bit of turbinado sugar.
Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
moist and fluffy inside, with little bits of strawberry for a tart sweetness.