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Mood Booster Muffins

The perfect gift for someone who needs to get well.

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Recently, a family member of mine was in the hospital, and I didn’t want to come empty-handed when I stopped by.  So I thought that instead of the usual cookie or brownie plate, it would be better to bring muffins!  This recipe is not too unhealthy or sugary, like one would expect muffins to be, which is perfect for someone who might be on a monitored diet.  Wrap them up and put them in a basket, or bring them on a plate.  If you feel like being extra, then make it a care package by adding a pair of fuzzy socks, deodorant wipes, and a mini throw blanket for the perfect gift for someone in the hospital (that is…if they aren’t offended by the wipes). Also, don’t forget a card with a sweet message!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup lowfat sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coarsely smashed ripe banana (2 large)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • a scoop of love and good wishes

Streusel Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Optional: half of a vanilla bean (if you want to be cool)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Line muffin tins with paper muffin liners.  This recipe makes twelve decent sized muffins.

What I usually do is set all my “mise en place” (fancy way to say measured ingredients), and then put everything together.

Put the streusel ingredients together and set aside (do this first so it can sit).

Combine sugar, butter, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Whisk it all and then add the banana.  Then, add the dry ingredients, excluding the chips and stir with a wooden spoon just until moistened.  Next, add the chips and finish off the mixing.

Using two spoons, scoop the batter into the cups, and evenly sprinkle the topping on all twelve.  Bake for 20-25 minutes (mine were done at 22) and let them cool off before taking them out.  See, how easy was that?  Now you have a heartfelt gift for your loved one.

Care Package Stuff:

wipes
Get these on Amazon for your sick friend so they don’t stink ($13.95)
throw
I don’t know about you, but I find hospital linens to be in comfortable, so treat them to this amazing fuzzy blanket from Target (Threshold $12.74)
socks
These socks are so comfortable and are bound to put a smile on their face (Target’s Xhilaration Brand $3)
oil
Peppermint oil is my go-to solution for everything. In fact, I will do a post just about this holy grail product. Great for stuffy noses, headaches, and for clearing the air (Amazon $6.99)

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