Banana Bread Muffins - And A Surprise!

Banana Bread Muffins

I know my posts have been lacking lately, but I've had a good reason - promise. A few months ago we had a very unexpected surprise and found out that I'm pregnant again, and should have a new arrival at the end of the year! Some of you may remember that we lost a pregnancy last winter after a very complicated pregnancy.

I suffer with Hyperemesis Gravidarum when pregnant, which last time required me to be put on home health care. You can read more about my HG story here, and our second trimester miscarriage here.

Well, after a lot of deliberating we had decided that we weren't going to try again, but you know how you're never supposed to say NEVER - right?


I'm not gonna lie. I was scared. Anyone who has experience with HG can probably understand the thoughts going through my head. Being hooked up to daily IV's until my veins were completely shot, stabbing myself in the stomach every day with a medication pump that lets me at least keep water down, and being confined to bed 24/7 is not something to enter lightly.

I had a lot of people praying for me this time around, hoping that maybe, just maybe I might not get the short end of the stick. My doctor had my protocol already set up and I started on it from day 1. Early intervention has the best success of keeping it at bay. I'm SOOO relieved to be able to say that this time around is much better. I've avoided the IV's and medication pump so far. Yay!

I've actually been able to be in the kitchen a little bit when I feel well enough, and whipped up these tasty Banana Bread Muffins the other day. I threw some white chocolate chips on top to change it up a bit. These were really good.

Note: If you are unfamiliar with HG, please read my post on it. HG is NOT morning sickness and does not respond to any traditional remedies. It is dangerous for both the mother and baby.

Banana Bread Muffins
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3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, for topping

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in the mashed bananas. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

Divide the batter among your muffin tin cups. Bake the muffins on the middle rack until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. about 25 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a rack and cool slightly.

Notes: I added some white chocolate chips to the tops of half of my muffins to switch it up a bit. You could milk chocolate chips too, or even add some crunchy pecans. I didn't have enough muffin pans for the batter, so I used 4 mini tartlet pans for the remaining batter, which turned into little muffin tops that were so good!

Source: Recipe loosely adapted from Food Network

Banana Bread Muffins


Marialuisa said...

CONGRATULATIONS!..I hope everything goes well...I´m sure it will.
Love from Spain

Unknown said...

Thanks Marialuisa, I appreciate it! :)

Athena said...

Congratulations! I'll praying for you and your little one. My little guy is due in September...never thought I'd be a mom, but here he is after 8 years of infertility problems. Oh and the muffins look delicious!

Unknown said...

Amber, Congratulations!! I am a new reader and sending lots of prayers your way. I hope everything goes smoothly!
PS: Try to rest too! We will be here whenever you return :)

Unknown said...

Thank you! :)

Unknown said...

First off congratulations! Wishing you the very best! The muffins sound amazing and thanks so much for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Unknown said...

Being a mother is never easy. There will be lots of hormonal and physical changes in the woman's body at the time of pregnancy that it is hard for them to even think properly or do their tasks. Congratulations anyway. I know you can do it. :)

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