Friday, June 19, 2009

Dinner and a Movie Friday

I can not take credit for the picture I borrowed it from my daughters blog. While we were playing Grandma and Grandpa we took our little buddy to see Up. This is exactly how we had him positioned between the two of us. I can honestly say I have not seen very many animated movies, I can count them on my fingers. Up is a Disney Pixar film and it was very enjoyable from start to finish. It is about an elderly old couple who has saved all of their lives to travel. When suddenly the woman passes away. The county tries to make the gentleman sell his house and he wont. All of his life he has sold balloons so he hooks his house up with balloons, and takes off not knowing he has a young boy as a stow away knocking at his front door. Typical Disney with the bad guys but a happy ending. I can honestly say I loved it. Our little buddy was perfect until the last 20 minutes darn those 30 minutes of previews.

We are trying to use up everything in the fridge. Still had a few very ripe bananas. I made these fun and healthy miniature muffins. Don't let their miniature size fool you. Loaded with flavor and crunch and high on the fiber. Perfect little low cal treat.Banana Bran Muffins

Cooking spray
3 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
1/4 cup dark honey
2 large egg whites
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoon stone-ground cornmeal
2 tablespoons freshly ground flaxseed
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts toasted
1 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coast 16 miniature muffin cups with cooking spray.

In a bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, egg whites, bananas, and vanilla. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine the bran, flours, cornmeal, flaxseed, baking soda, and salt. Stir to mix well. Add the banana mixture and stir just to combine. Place about 2 tablespoons batter in each muffin cup. Bake until the muffins are puffed, golden, and firm to the touch 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Debbie said...

Looks delicious. They sound so flavorful! When mine older boys were little they would last in the movie theatre as long as the popcorn did!

finsmom said...

You know how I love muffins!!!
These sound great! I will have to try them! BOOKMARKED!

Mary said...

I love muffins in any for. EVEN bran muffins. Lynette, I loved your movie review. Have a wonderful day.

Lynda said...

Wow, these sound so healthy- I love the addition of cranberries and walnuts! Yum!

Katy ~ said...

I actually bought flaxseed! You and finsman are a very bad (GOOD!!!) influence on me. Little by little I'm coming 'round LOL!!!

Connie Weiss said...

My kids love muffins AND Pixar movies. I've been thinking about taking them to see UP.

Reeni♥ said...

The movie sounds really good! And these mini-muffins look yummy! A nice little treat.

Cynthia said...

Look at the little darling with his popcorn!

Coleen's Recipes said...

I really enjoy the mini-size muffins. I like your dinner and a movie night.

Linda said...

I am going to try these for my grandsons...they will love them!
(And so will the big kids!)

teresa said...

Mmmm, these look just mouthwatering, and CUTE picture of your little guy watching the show!

Tangled Noodle said...

I LOVE animated films and usually try to see all the ones that come out. 'Up' is definitely on the list so thank you for the positive review! And it sounds as if your little man did an admirable job of not being too antsy for most of the time. But that bucket of popcorn looks like it outweighs him by quite a bit! 8-)

These banana-bran muffins not only look good but they sound wonderfully healthy, too, with all those great grains and fibers. That means I can have as much as I'd like, right? 8-D

Sophie said...

I love excellent & yummie healthy muffins like these ones!!!