Oatmeal Banana Muffins

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In elementary school, my friend Emma would sometimes bring banana muffins that her mom made. Her other friends and I would crowd around her, asking for just a little bite and, because Emma was really nice, she would give us some. Once in a while, she would bring extra and we could each have half a muffin! Those muffins would be the highlight of our week. I remember them so well and I always associate banana muffins with Emma and her mom. I also remember the first time I saw blackened bananas in her freezer. I didn't know why someone would keep expired fruit in their freezer... But that's how I found out that it's essential for the bananas to be at  least a little brown. Normally, I wait until my bananas are completely black - no yellow whatsoever. However, I was getting tired of having granola every morning and I had some slightly overripe bananas just sitting on my counter.



A year or two ago, I decided that I wanted to recreate Emma's moms muffins. I started off with a basic banana muffin recipe - no good. Too cakey and sticky. So, I modified it. And modified it. And modified it. I changed just about everything in the recipe so much that I didn't even bother looking at the old recipe, I had a new one in my head. As it turns out, they were nothing like Emma's moms muffins. Hers were dense and were just banana, whereas mine are a bit less dense and there's oatmeal and chocolate chunks in there. A couple months ago, I went to Emma's place and saw that her mom had made banana muffins. I had hyped these up in my head ever since elementary school and seeing them again was like seeing a celebrity. I took a bite... and was a bit disappointed. Maybe I had hyped them up too much or maybe I was used to my muffins, but they just weren't as great as I remember. It was a bit heartbreaking to find out that something I had idolized wasn't all that it was cracked up to be, but at least I still have my muffins to idolize.
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Chocolate Bites

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Well, the first post of my new blog. I thought it would be too easy to start up a blog. Everyone's doing it, so how hard can it be? Very hard, actually! Although I consider myself a pretty solid home baker, I've never been much of a photographer, let alone a food stylist. I had to make quite a few test subjects (which were happily eaten once the photo shoot was done) before I was comfortable enough putting photos up! The fact that my boyfriend is a photo genius helped a lot, too. Don't even get me started on HTML because all I know is hex colour codes. All in all, it was a bit haphazard and spur of the moment, but I think it's turned out alright.

I present to you, dear reader, the first recipe of Cioccolato etc., Chocolate Bites. Simple, yet delicious. These little babies are quite rich, so if you're tempted to eat half a dozen, pour yourself a big glass of milk. What's cookies without milk, anyways?


These cookies are a nice little punch for those moments when you're just craving some chocolatey goodness. They're not too hard and, apart from chilling out in the fridge for an hour, they don't take too long to make.

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