It’s spring in South Africa, and as I’m driving around, I can’t help but think that this will definitely be the most beautiful place we ever call home. Our flat is just behind the navy yard in this photo (behind all the boats).
Whale season also just began in South Africa. Earlier this week, I was on my way to the grocery store and from the car could see a whale in the water. It’s remarkable. One even gave birth in the sea near our house this week. Nuts, huh?
Ya’ll should come visit. For real. I can’t wait to for Carol to get here in December. She’s going to fall in love, too!
Speaking of love, you may just fall in love with these muffins. They’re seriously tasty.
Adapted from Skinny Taste
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
3 ripe medium bananas, mashed*
2 large egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips, mix of white and milk chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tin (or use paper liners).
Cream the butter and sugar. Add bananas, apple sauce, egg whites and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda) and mix to combine. Don’t over mix, just enough to incorporate the dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until fork comes out clean.
*For the bananas, I use frozen ones. When bananas get brown, I peel them and put them in a freezer safe container and freeze them until I need them. Then, I just defrost them in the microwave, just enough so I can mash them. (I used to freeze them with the peels on, and then one day I put it in the microwave without taking the peel off and it started on fire. Not sure if it was the banana or my old microwave, but either way, peel-less is easier!).