Another Reason to be Thankful for Rotten Bananas.

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You know how I feel about rotten bananas.
Ick.

In the midst of pre-wedding planning, I went and Costco-ed the heck out of some bananas and brought home two HUGE bunches. I easily dominate a bunch per week and figured with all the guests coming and going, I wanted to ensure that there would be enough for yours truly.

Whelp, figures. I didn’t eat one banana the whole wedding week. Its true, just like everyone told me. The harried rush of wedding week completely took me outside of my routine and by the time I realized I was hungry, I was famished and dominating pizza, cheese and crackers, cake batter, anything in sight but bananas.

So I had a pile of brown bananas. At least 10. The Mr. and I HATE to waste food. Not an option in our house so I chopped them up and froze them, figuring I’d find a plan.   Part II of this little rotten banana problem is that we’re moving {and packing}.  I’m cleaning out closets, fridges, freezers and pantry and somehow also have a TON of extra coconut left over from our wedding carrot cake. Oh and why I have about 4000 muffin tin liners too?  Yeah, not moving all these things.

Insert what am I going to bake creativity problem delight here.

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Banana Coconut Muffins

yeah, that sounds like a reaaaaaaalllly genius idea

Here’s what you need to know. The minute these came out of the oven they were in my mouth. Like really that good.  Not too banana-y and not too coconut-y. Sweet Perfection.

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And then I crazily decided that they might be even more DT if I added a scoop of peanut butter to each bite. Or wait, COOKIE butter. YES, better with PB and CB. (and if you have not tried Cookie Butter you should check the link above – go. buy. now).

Anyway, however you enjoy them, just enjoy them. Please.  {you will say Thank You}.

Banana Coconut Muffins.

2 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 sticks butter, melted
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut

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375* 25 minutes
Line muffin cups with liners.
Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk butter, bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and 1 cup coconut. Fold mixtures together until flour is well combined.
Spook batter into lined muffin cups. Sprinkle top with remaining ½ cup coconut.

Bake 25 minutes until muffins are golden brown

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Enjoy Golden. and Warm. And Be Thankful for another Reason to Love Rotten Bananas.

{and if you’re looking for another INCREDIBLE banana recipe, don’t forget this one.  Might make the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table for your non-pie-loving friends}

{MF Dre}

The Great Not-Peanut-Butter Debate and A Giveaway

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I know we’re all always looking for inspiration – and how to save a buck or two as well on great fashion trends.  My friend Tabitha over at Defining Tabitha is the go-to on all sorts of great fashion inspiration.  For now though, she is on a Babymoon in Europe and while she is away, she asked me to guest blog to you about that I.don’t.know.how.to.sit.still.problem I have.  In truth, It’s led to some pretty incredible adventures.  Go check it out.

Meanwhile did you know that yesterday was National Peanut Butter Lovers Day??? Other than National Margarita Day, this may be my second favorite not-a-real holiday.

However, despite my love for the all natural PB, for the last two days I’ve been a little bit of a traitor to the PB.  I’ve been rotating a spoon consistently out of these two trying to decide if either are worth their weight in nuts.  I’m calling it the Great Not-Peanut-Butter-Debate sponsored by my local Trader Joes.

Dear PB,

I don’t eat oatmeal or a banana without you.  You have not been abandoned – no, not for one little tiny second.  I’m just looking for your better half in a perfect peanutty world.  We can call be friends. Mkay?

{MF Dre}

So the verdict?

{if you plan on finishing both jars at the same rate I’m currently at}

Caution: Curves Ahead

Whoops.

I’m certainly surprised to say that Better-than-PB is pretty good in a not.the.real.deal kind of way.  Kind of like eating a Chocolate Caramel Nut Balance Bar and pretending it’s a Snickers.  For 85% less fat and half the calories per serving, it’s definitely NOT better than PB, but I kind of dig it for it’s the mere fact that it’s an alternative option to add to my daily dose of the.real.deal.

Cookie Butter {omg.i.die} wins hands down for the flavor. Holy amazingness can I put it on everything kind of wow. It has a sugar.cookie/gingersnap kind of DT-ish-ness that I cannot resist.  Please put a bag over this and hide it in the back of the pantry now. Please.

And since were talking some-kind-of-not-pb-deliciousness

Try this. Please.

My current obsession.  Black Forest Ham, Fig Butter and Goat Cheese sandwich on Pane Rustica Bread. Promise you will not die of disappointment – or starvation- once you try this.

 But you might if you don’t have a Trader Joes in your city, so I sincerely apologize.

However you do have a chance to win a trio of my favorite Not-PB’s.  and PSST…I will throw in a surprise 4th favorite to the mix.

{giveaway *** giveaway***giveaway}

Here’s how to enter:

  • Post a comment below telling me what the weirdest thing you’ve put PB on.  If you don’t eat PB, at least humor me (lie, people).
  • For a second chance to win, follow me on Twitter and post a comment below letting me know your Twitter handle name
  • For a third and fourth entries, tweet and/or facebook this out and let me know that you shared it with your friends in the comments below:  “I want to win The Great Non-Peanut-Butter Debate and a trio of deliciousness from @MFDre ‘s blog. Enter to win here: http://wp.me/p1XUSi-ku” and tell me with a comment!

I’ll draw a random a winner on Wednesday 5/7/12.

{MF Dre}

The giveaway runs from Friday, March 2, 2012 until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday 5/6/12 at 11:59pm.  A winner will be announced on my blog, twitter and Facebook on Wednesday 5/7/12 so make sure you check back! (Note: If the winners do not contact me by Saturday, Mar 11, 2012, a subsequent winner will be chosen.) Contest only valid in the United States.