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Healthy One-Bowl Banana and Blueberry Mini-Muffins

I’m forever looking for a healthy, fast breakfast option. something that I can either make in a minute or two in the morning, or something I can make ahead and grab on my way out the door. Muffins work best for me, but often they aren’t as healthy as I’d like. Splurging on a big, sugary muffin every now and then is one thing, but for my weekday breakfast, that just doesn’t work. So, I’ve made these mini-muffins, so that I can grab a couple on my way out the door. You could easily make larger ones from this recipe, if that works better for you.  The BEST part of the recipe it that all you need is ONE bowl and a muffin tin – quick and easy preparation and clean-up. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large overripe banana
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom (or nutmeg, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions:

  • Preheat over to 350°F and line a mini-muffin pan with four liners (or grease), I used my reusable silicone liners that I LOVE
  • In a medium bowl, mash banana. Add sugar, egg white, and oil. Stir until just combined (mixture will still be lumpy).
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Stir until just combined, then gently fold in blueberries.
  • Divide mixture between 12 mini-muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 20 minutes, the tops of the muffins begin to turn golden. Test with toothpick, it should come out clean.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.

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Review: Bigelow Orange & Spice Herbal Tea

Orange spice

Overall rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: About boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added at first, then some honey

Bigelow Orange & Spice is a great tea for the holiday season. It steeps to a deep cranberry red. Although I don’t have any, it bet it would look wonderfully festive served in a glass tea cup. The flavors in this tea are prefect for the holidays as well, zesty orange and clove. There is no caffeine so break this one out on a cold snowy night. The orange gives it a cheery feel and the spices are warming and festive.

At first, without adding anything to the cup, this tea as too tart for my liking so I added a touch of honey. This reduced the tartness without making it too sweet and helped to bring out the fruity notes from the orange peel.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Orange & Spice

Katie says:

Temperature: About boiling

Steeped: 5 minutes +

Served: with honey

Bias, alert. I LOVE this tea…when I have a cold. This is probably the only time I drink it. Poor Orange Spice is relegated to times of stuffy noses. For a cold, you can’t beat warm & citrus and therefore this is THE BEST. It’s not a fancy or complicated tea, but like chicken soul it’s a trusted staple. As Abby said, it’s good at the holidays too, with all the right festive flavor options.

Note 1: on a 2nd steep there is no bright red color but you can still get some flavor. Use only 1/2 cup water and add honey to bring out flavors.

Note 2: This tea contains soy lecithin. I’m not thrilled about this. It just seems unnecessary. As to why, Bigelow says: “We do have some teas that contain a non-GMO soy lecithin in trace amounts. Soy lecithin helps disperse the flavoring into the tea while brewing to ensure consistent flavor throughout the whole cup.” Read the full reply here: https://www.bigelowtea.com/Special-Pages/Customer-Service/FAQs/Tea-and-Herbal-Tea-Ingredients/Do-you-any-of-your-teas-contain-soy-lecithin

While I really enjoy this tea it gets a lower rating from me due to the odd soy ingredient.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Review: Bigelow Wild Blueberry Acai Herb Plus Antioxidants

Overall rating:

Taste: 2.75 of 5 leaves — An OK tasty tea
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: Below boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Mainers are serious about all things blueberry, so obviously I was very skeptical about a blueberry tea. Would it taste fake, too tart or too sweet? For this reason there are very few blueberry flavors things I will tolerate. Although this tea was not my favorite, I will say that the blueberry flavor was pretty good. And for me and my picky-ness – that’s saying something.

The color of this tea is great! Just like blueberry pie filling. The smell doesn’t disappoint either, it smells like a just-out-of-the-oven blueberry cake or maybe blueberry pancakes. I think the added orange peel and cinnamon add this aroma. The taste isn’t bad either. The blueberry flavor is pretty strong – no wondering what’s in your cup! If you like fruity herbal teas this makes a great choice. If not, maybe try something else.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves — A decent tasty tea!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: About boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This tea had an oddly sweet taste — straight out of the box it tasted almost as if a sweetener had been added. I also found it seemed like it was thicker or slightly syrupy and a bit cloudy in the cup. So I looked up the ingredients.

Hibiscus, rose hips, natural wild blueberry and acai flavors with other natural flavors (soy lecithin), sweet balcberry leaves, blueberry fiber, orange peel, cinnamon, grape seed extract, vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), vitamin E (d-a-tocpheryl acetate)

If you’re looking to add vitamin C or E into your diet than maybe this tea is for you. As for me I found the added ingredients to be a bit odd and I didn’t like that it clouded the tea. The flavor was nice but a bit sweet. Smelled wonderful but I’ll stick to tea with fewer ingredients

2.5 of 5 leaves: This tea is just ok.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!