An especially nice gift that I received over the holidays was a copy of the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Book. I love to bake, but as I read more about nutrition, I want to make healthier things for myself and my family. Using whole grains is something I'm definitely trying to do more of.
This cookbook seriously has a recipe for just about every baked good and there aren't a lot of fancy ingredients that you need (a problem I've had with the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook). So when I was at the grocery and the desire for banana bread hit, I knew that I'd probably be okay if all I picked up was some bananas. As luck would have it, I had all the other necessary ingredients in my cabinets and fridge!
As it turned out, there was a variation for the banana bread recipe that made Chocolate chip banana muffins and I was all over that -- shorter cooking time and it inculded chocolate. Come on!
I would give this recipe 5 stars -- it was easy and tasty with a pleasantly crunchy top and moist crumb and Maddie is downstairs devouring a muffin as we speak. I'm eager to try out more whole grain recipes from this book, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more food photos on the blog in the coming months!