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Banana Crunch Muffins

banana crunch muffins

As I've mentioned before, we're not big banana eaters in this family. But blessed is the blackening bunch of bananas sitting in the fruit bowl!

Aimee and I took our kids to the park yesterday, and we managed to have a great conversation in the middle of handing out animal crackers and rationing juice. We talked about how routine our lives are these days--one foot in front of the other, paying the mortgage, figuring out complicated schedules with our spouses, trying to save money. And we both teared up with the realization (again) that this life is what we have. These mundane things are the important ones, and both of us have so much to be thankful for.

Like last night. Wyatt was spending the night with a friend and Yancey was at the station. Loretta and I had popcorn for dinner and watched Scooby Doo: Legend of the Vampire. I suggested Veggie Tales, but I think she was trying to be brave with the Scooby Doo pick. She said, very seriously, "Mom, I will hold your hand if you get scared. And if you get tired, you can lay down on the couch." We curled up together, and she'd occasionally look up at me and smile. When it was over, she insisted I sing every song in the MK family repertoire. Her current favorite is "Ubi Caritas," a Latin taize song.

In the spirit of loving the ordinary, here's a poem I wrote several years ago about bananas. I've always liked it, and thought of it this morning while I was mashing up bananas for these delicious muffins.

Bunch of Bananas

Looking up dates for a job application,
I haul out old journals. Just five years ago,
I wrote, "Distractions during meditation today:
bunch of bananas on the table."

How beautiful the banana bunch!
Curved like a sickle,
seams along cold skin, a handle
waiting to open soft flesh.

I should be so lucky--
to be loosed from coming and goings
of striving thoughts, distracted by
yellow bananas balancing lightly on the table,
waiting to be eaten or dismissed.


I hope your week is full of sweetly ordinary moments. These muffins won't hurt.

Banana Crunch Muffins
I've been making these muffins for years. The recipe is Ina Garten's, and it's scribbled in my recipe book from one of the times I borrowed my sister's cookbook. I subbed one cup whole wheat flour, didn't use walnuts, and used buttermilk instead of whole milk. If  you don't have granola around like I always do, you can use oats.


Reader Comments (6)

My Dad ate a banana every day. I get a bit teary when I think of Mom always preparing his routine breakfast-- cereal, orange juice, and a banana. Dad lived to be 97 and could have been a poster boy for bananas! He was an extraordinary man who always turned the ordinary into the extraordinary! Thank you for this post, Sarah. Here's to bananas and the lovely ordinary moments in life!

April 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam

How beautiful, Pam. My dad is the poster boy for an apple a day, but once he got a bit of peel caught in his throat and had to go to the E.R. We've teased him endlessly about how apples are supposed to prolong your life, not cut it short. You have to slow down and savor the apples and bananas. Sarah, I really enjoy your blog! You need to submit that lovely poem for publication.

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMargie

Ok, I'm officially excited for my one year old to be Loretta's age, just to hear adorable things like that!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth R&V

Great minds think alike...from the second I read the post title, I thought Ina - weird.

We don't realize and appreciate often enough all the wonderful things in our lives...and those simple, ordinary, yet meaningful moments : )

yes, this is the life we have. good to be reminded that the ordinary moments are the extraordinary ones.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbethany
Absolutely beautiful poem! It just sings to you - I can image cooking while humming it under my breath. Those muffins don't look so bad, either ;)
June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheoy Lee

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