Today is election day. Today marks a pivotal point in our country’s history. A new chapter is about to begin, and many of us are worried about what the outcome will be this evening.
Before I continue, I urge everyone to vote. Please. We have the incredible right in the United States to make our voices heard. Exercise this right. Do your part to ensure this country goes in the right direction.
Now, because this day is going to be filled with so much apprehension and anxiety, I want to talk about spreading the love.
From an early age, I saw gifts of food as gifts of love. My Mom would bake banana bread or lemon bread for new neighbors to welcome them. She learned this ritual from my great grandmother. During the Depression, my great grandmother “Bunna” would not only make food for her five children, but she would also cook meals for those around her who could not put food on their table that day.
Have you heard of the five love languages? They are quality time, words of affirmation, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. We all have our favorite ways of giving and receiving love, and those ways can be placed in one or more of these categories.
Over time, I’ve come to find that I give love through acts of service—specifically when I cook for others. If I cook for you, I’m sending my love to you. The top way I receive love is through words of affirmation. So, if I cook for you, and then you tell me you like what I made, the love comes full circle!
So, where do banana chocolate chip muffins fit into this reflection? It all starts with my Mom’s recipe for banana bread, the bread that she would make and give to others as an act of service, love, and kindness. I adapted that recipe to make muffins—a very portable breakfast staple and the perfect way to make anyone’s morning special.
Bake these muffins. Wake up tomorrow morning. Have a few with a cup of coffee or tea. Bask in the sunshine that is this election being o-v-e-r. Give some of these muffins away out of love. Because, boy, do we need more love right about now.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup (equal to a half stick) melted butter
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 and 1/2 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In another bowl, mash the bananas well.
- In a third bowl, whisk the egg and sugar until light yellow.
- Add the melted butter, vanilla, and bananas to the egg and sugar mixture. Mix well.
- Add the flour mixture and mix with a spoon until just incorporated. Don’t overly mix!
- Add the chocolate chips and stir until just incorporated.
- Line a muffin tin with paper baking cups. Spoon the batter into each cup until it’s about 2/3 full.
- Bake for about 20 minutes. Check the muffins with a toothpick—if it comes out cleanly, the muffins are done.