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Banana Muffins


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For some reason I always end up with a plethora of bananas in my house. I can never get to them quick enough before they start to go “bad” which leads me to dig through my recipe book, searching for a way to not let them go to waste.

I found several recipes I had quickly written on different pieces of paper and one of them happened to be for banana muffins. I remember trying to bake these once before while I lived in Denver. I never took the time to figure out the high altitude conversion for these, but I will say, this morning they turned out beautifully. (Chalk one up for Phoenix!)

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I get so tired of people talking about how hard it is to bake and/or cook from scratch. Try this recipe out the next time you are craving pizza. I’ve altered this recipe from several I have seen in the past to make it work for me. High altitude hasn’t been an issue for me but just in case be ready to adjust for drier temperatures (for example) by increasing/decreasing the amount of flour and oil you use. **I’ve also used this recipe and split it into 4 or 5 equal pieces and refrigerated the dough for personal size pizzas later in the week**

black olives, spinach, red onion, mozzarella & blue cheese

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View of Denver skyline & mountains from Museum of Nature & Science

I remember shortly after I had moved to Denver I found myself attempting to bake my mother’s oatmeal scotchie cookies.

They failed. Every. Single. Time.

I wondered how in the world my baking habits and this high altitude environment I now lived in were going to get along.  I had been baking these cookies for years and now they turned out to be a waste of time & ingredients.

Not willing to give up I started researching the effects of high altitude and how to fix mom’s recipe. Below is my converted recipe I used while I lived above 5,000 feet.

This recipe was the starting point for converting my recipe book from “high plains” to “high altitude”.



Oatmeal Scotchies (High Altitude)

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar (minus a tsp. – I don’t fill my 1/2 cup all the way)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (when I say this, I really mean 2 or more)
  • 1 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour (for high plains use 1 & 1/2)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups of quick oats
  • 1 bag of butterscotch chips

Beat butter and sugars until well mixed.
Add eggs one at a time and vanilla and mix again.
Add all dry ingredients to same bowl and mix.
Stir in oats and one bag of butterscotch chips.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes just until the edges are golden.
(I use parchment paper)
Make sure and watch – you don’t want to over bake!

Remove from the oven and let them sit on a cooling rack. Then remove from pan and store in airtight container.


A long time coming


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My website is up and running! If you follow me on Twitter you know I love anything dealing with art, cooking & baking and hopefully I can use this as more than just a place to share my portfolio.

Bear with me & check back soon – I have a lot of interesting articles I’ve read that I want to discuss along with my experiences with reverting my personal recipes from what my dad likes to call “high-plains” to high altitude versions…and more than once!

Time for bed. Goodnight!


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