Remember those delicious bran muffins I mentioned last week?  I thought I’d share the recipe for anyone interested.

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

My Delicious Bran Muffins

I’ve been trying to eat healthy these past few months, but had really started craving something sweet and chocolat-ey.  Instead of baking cookies or something, I tried a basic bran muffin recipe, but added dark chocolate chips.  I substituted honey for sugar and applesauce for butter, so these are actually even healthier than regular bran muffins.  Plus, the husband loves them!

I made these a second time last week and threw in a handful of blueberries and 2 mushed up bananas.  It definitely made them more moist and flavorful, but I’m thinking that I won’t add blueberries again – I prefer to just eat them raw..

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins
don’t you love that anthro plate that I picked up on clearance here in Tulsa?

Anyway, I won’t lie and say that these are the tastiest sweet treat, but they did satisfy my craving.  If you don’t mind extra wheaty/branny flavor, you might like them.  I was pretty convinced that the husband would find them disgusting, but he actually seemed pretty impressed with them, especially the second time around.

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins Recipe

1 cup Wheat Bran
1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Honey
3/4 cup Applesauce
2 tbsp Melted Butter or Oil
2 Eggs
Various amounts dark chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, blueberries or whatever add-ins you want.  I put about 1/3 cups dark chocolate and 1/2 cup of blueberries.  I also added 2 mushed up bananas, and that time used just a little less applesauce.

Preheat oven to 400.  Mix flour, bran, baking soda, and baking powder.  In separate bowl, mix milk, eggs, butter/oil, and honey.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and then stir in your add ins.

Spoon into lightly oiled muffin tins or foil muffin cups and bake for about 18 minutes.  I noticed that they took about 3-4 minutes longer when I used banana in the recipe, so just check them until they are firm.  Makes 12 muffins.

And now to go tidy the kitchen for a lil photoshoot happening in about an hour.  And this time it’s not me!  The husband is doing a story about home-brewing for Tulsa People Magazine.  I’ll post a scan of the article when it’s out.

I’ve started working on plans for the fall shows and what inventory I’ll be taking to each one. I’m so excited about a new line of products that I’ll be debuting this fall! I’m not ready to share with everyone what I’m working on, but it involves purchasing large quantities of linen for some trials.. I’ve been studying in depth different linen blends and cotton vs linen and European linen and linen, linen, linen. I’m pretty madly in love with the stuff at the moment to be honest. Things are in the works and I promise to share soon enough!

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Chai Popsicles

This week while I was at home working, and I ventured up to the studio on a particularly hot afternoon. I had made my daily chai and headed back downstairs to make it an iced chai, rather than hot and decided to take a totally different approach…. We recently bought some popsicle molds, so I poured my chai in there and made it into a popsicle! So good.. I’m still experimenting with various popsicle recipes, but goodness, what a nice summer treat!

So – here’s a quick recipe –

Chai Popsicle Recipe

Chai – you can either use regular chai tea and add some cream, milk, or yogurt (oh how I love the honey almond yogurt from Target!), OR, if you want to do this the super simple way, just use a chai latte mix. I’m obsessed with the Oregon Chai mix. Tazo also makes a really good organic liquid Chai concentrate that I buy a lot, but was out of it this week. The photo above represents only a fraction of our chais.. I may go a little overboard with tea purchases, but that’s a story for another blog..

Chai Popsicles in the Making

So, make your chai as usual – however YOU prefer it. For the photos I just used the chai latte mix, but it was tasty with reg chai tea and a little almond milk, and a bit healthier. Now, pour into popsicle molds.

Chai Popsicles Ready For The Freezer

Freeze for at least 4 hours – mine were still a little slushy when I checked after 3 hours, but by the 4th hour, they were totally solid. Your freezer may be different.

Freezing the Chai Popsicles

When we took them out, they were a little hard to get out of the molds, and I didn’t want to pull the stick out, so I ran the mold under warm water for about 30 seconds and voila – chai popsicles! So simple and tasty! It’s like a kid’s treat for grown up taste buds.

Husband getting ready to eat a Chai Popsicles

By the way, that is the husband‘s hand – I don’t have man-hands or thumbs that bend backwards.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  I had a few moments of panic earlier when my computer said it needed to “system restore” or something similar.  I got it to finally come back to normal and saved EVERYTHING to an external hard drive.. I’m afraid the end may be near for my dear laptop.

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