Cuddly, lovable, quiet Pooh. Everybody loves Pooh Bear. And why not, what’s not to like? Pooh Bear is peace loving, friendly, calm, and never causes a fuss. He is not subject to quick emotional highs and lows like Tigger, or the longer burning, deep depression of Eeyore. He takes life as it comes, shrugs his shoulders at problems, then finds a place to go and relax.
Pooh is the heart of the Hundred Acre Woods, and for good reason. He loves everyone and they love him. He accepts others for who they are, rarely complains and just radiates good humor and gentle kindness. No matter what is going on: games or work, disaster or party, Pooh is ready to join in and help out.
So it’s only fitting that we should make something healthy and Pooh-like, as we all try to be like Pooh in 2012 – always kind and gentle and willing to lend a helping hand when needed.
Here’s a honey banana muffin recipe for you to enjoy – no sugar, only honey … 100 percent goodness!
Pooh’s Most Delicious Honey Banana Muffins
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
6 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup golden raisins
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Combine the eggs, banana, applesauce and honey; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the raisins. Coat muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray; fill two-thirds full with batter. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Susan Caldwell is the mom of two and owner of Lil' Chef, a cooking studio for preschoolers to teens in North Raleigh. Go Ask Mom features recipes every Friday, including several from Susan each month.