Monday, April 13, 2009

Tale of a Pregnant Woman

31 weeks pregnant... How time flies! In just 9 weeks or less, we'll be holding our baby boy. Something I can't wait for! I definitely "look" pregnant now -no doubt- and "feel" pregnant. Yep. I wobble, I hold and stroke my tummy. This is it! And what about cravings I hear you ask? Ah, see strangely enough, for someone who loves food and eating as much as I do, I thought I was going to send Juan on some crazy food search adventures; Like say to pick up the ingredients for one of my favorite combo: hard goat cheese, fresh baguette and dark chocolate with hazelnuts - yeah, that's what I'm talking about! But no! I've been going through this pregnancy without any particular cravings...

Until last Friday. I woke up with an acute case of banana-chocolate-walnut muffins! (note that you do not need to be pregnant to hunger for these little beauties)

Because that's right, I think I'd like to claim that I, Laetitia Bertrand have developed one of the best cure to [pregnant] women's sweet tooth syndrome. 

My banana chocolate and walnut muffins are absolutely to die for. You have the flavor of the banana, combined with the crunch of the toasted walnuts and the bite of the chocolate. And not to mention how moist they are! 

I absolutely love them with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast, or even as a snack with a glass of milk. I can't get enough of them!

Banana Chocolate and Walnut Muffins
(makes about 18 muffins)

1 cup walnuts, whole
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 tbsp butter, left at room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt (whole)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 oz semisweet chocolate

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin tin and line them up with muffin liners. Put the walnuts on a cookie sheet and toast them for about 8 minutes. Check often to make sure they don't burn! Set aside.

Stir together the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Set aside. 

In another bowl, mix together the butter and the sugar, until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time and combine. Combine half of the dry ingredients. Add the bananas, the milk, the yogurt and the vanilla and mix. Add the remaining of the dry ingredients.

Chop the walnuts, then the chocolate (make sure the chocolate is finely chopped) and combine in a bowl. Add to the batter and combine.

Divide the batter among the muffin liners. Put in the oven and bake for about 18 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring the muffins on a cake rack. Allow to completely cool before serving.


jessica said...

LOL - i always kind of looked on in confusion at pregnant women who rubbed their belly, like, "Are they doing that on purpose? i already see they are pregnant." just...what's the deal?
but now i know!
i find my hands wandering frequently to rub or pat or in general, just check it's still there.
too funny.
i didn't have any cravings either, except twice - insane cravings for BK chicken sandwiches or TGIF chicken tenders.
the sweet tooth - uhh, i appease that with my stash of swiss chocolate!!

Erin said...

Oddly enough, I made banana chocolate chip cookies last weekend. (They're the cake-like cookie...) I had some leftover batter, and put it into muffin tins... pretty darn yummy!

saucymomma said...

Yum!!! You should make a ton now and freeze them for when the baby arrives. Think how good these will taste at the 4am feeding! xoox

MsGourmet said...

They do look to die for - all the best in the next coming weeks!

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Joanna Goddard said...

how exciting--and congratulations! :)these sound delicious--and i find it sooooo sweet when pregnant women rub their bellies :)