- A general frustration with office politics, stalled projects, and mundane tasks, and a desire to escape to a desert island.
- A bunch of bananas browning on the counter top.
- A propensity to choose highly processed, nutritionally deficient meals-at-my-desk during the busiest days of the quarter at work.
Like several of the bakers that took the time to leave a review of the recipe, I chose to give the muffins a nutritional boost by replacing 1/2 cup of the white flour with whole wheat and using canola oil instead of butter. I toasted a quarter cup of hazelnuts, pulsed them in the food processor to beget a "finely chopped" product, and added them to the crumb topping for a bit of additional texture.
They turned out perfectly -- moist and full of banana flavor without being overly sweet. A single muffin paired with a cup of goat milk yogurt made a satisfying breakfast. And they proved more popular than the bakery bagels and the Krispy Kreme donuts on the breakfast buffet at work.
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