Scoop of the Day… Banana Strawberry Mini Muffins

Have you ever found yourself to be so busy that you need to cut the busy with more busy? It’s as if the daily routine busy is just so overwhelming, that if you don’t throw in one or two more things to take your mind off of it you might go crazy. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. And I’m sure you’re aware that once you reach that level of busy you have simultaneously reached that level of crazy, in which your hands are firmly grasping onto your hair, and you suddenly acknowledge your situation and feel the need to resolve it.

Friends, I have to confess that these past couple of weeks I have been that level of busy/ crazy. It’s amazing how it just creeps up on you when you least expect it. One minute, you’re sitting idly on your couch watching the latest breakdown of Snooki on the Jersey Shore: Italy (what DID she do to deserve this.. hmm..tear..), and the next minute you’re being pulled in every possible direction wondering where all these people got the idea that you were Superwoman. I really have to stop wearing that damn cape…  All I want to do is see Snooks be happy, but, no, duty calls. C’est la vie.

In order to cure these crazies and stay in touch with the inner Scoop, I to turn baking. Baking, unlike cooking, is strategic, calculated, and produces the sweetest sense of accomplishment (no pun intended… ). Last week, when I was hanging on the edge of sanity, I rolled in from work only to meet a pair of speckled bananas sitting on my kitchen counter. Rather than kick myself for wasting food (it’s a Jew thing), I became inspired. Just as quickly as I saw these two helpless bananas, I felt the urgency to drop everything I was doing and resuscitate them into a beautiful batch of Banana Strawberry Mini Muffins. I came across a recipe for these treats on the blog Sweet Pea’s Kitchen and was so excited when I realized the opportunity to put it into action. As quickly as the chef’s on Chopped, I had my station set up, strawberries thawing, and a banana mixture nearly finished. Not even an hour later, I was pulling out a batch of fresh-baked mini-muffins that smelled of warm cinnamon, melted gooey banana (in only the best way melted gooey bananas can smell), with a hint of tart strawberry.

It's the little things...

One hour of busy was all I need to break up my busy.. if you get my drift. As an added bonus, these mini muffins lasted through to the next day, thanks to my super “hide food in the kitchen” skills, and allowed me to feed my coworkers a pre- breakfast the next morning, hopefully breaking up the busy/ crazy in their day.

If you’re in a bind for a baked good, feel like your going stir crazy, have some speckled bananas waiting for you to get home from work, or forgot to take off your Superman cape, give this recipe a go, you won’t regret it 🙂