Crunchy Almond Granola Banana Muffins & the start of a new chapter


Let me just start off by saying that God is good. Like REALLY good. He never fails, he has the most perfect timing and anything that I ever worry about is always taken care of. It’s pretty ridiculous how much I doubt God and how blinded I am by His working and presence in my life. But before I get to all of that, I tried out a new banana bread recipe..I call it Crunchy Almond Granola Banana Muffins. 
** Sorry for the terrible photos…lighting in my apt is not so great :(((**

Mix up all the dry ingredients: Sugar, flour, baking soda, salt!
Get an arm workout from mashing bananas..
Try and find plain or vanilla greek yogurt! I used peach because they didn’t have vanilla or plain 😦
mixing in progress
scoop em up!
Start sprinkling granola on top!
these are way addicting…

 

*Makes 48 mini muffins* 
Adapted from Shopgirl Blog
 
YOU WILL NEED:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used peach because they didn’t have plain)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 large bananas)
about 2 cups of Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond Granola
 
DIRECTIONS:
1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 deg F, and spray your mini muffin pan with PAM. In your electric mixer bowl, combine the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until you get a smooth mixture. 
 
2. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the wet, and mix until they are well combined. Add in the mashed bananas and Greek yogurt and mix. DON’T MIX TOO MUCH!!! IT’LL MAKE THE BATTER TOUGH! JUST MIX UNTIL WELL COMBINED. Sprinkle the granola on top of each muffin. Pour the batter into your prepared tin, and bake for about 10 min, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for a couple of minutes before eating.
 
 
 
Orientation week has been crazy and long. The beginning started out to be fun and exciting, but pretty soon I started getting all of these doubts in my head from Satan that I was too young to be here, that maybe I should have taken a year off, or gone to a different school. After praying for awhile about it, God clearly answered me by providing me with friends that I think will be with in all of this with me for the next four years. Also, in my morning devotions, he reminded me that He doesn’t tell us to go through radical situations on our own. In Genesis, Abram was told to pack his bags and leave to some foreign land. 
 
1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s householdand go to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.  Genesis 12: 1-3

I don’t know about you, but if I were Abram, I would be a stress-ball. Kind of like I was about starting dental school. God promised Abram, and the same promise is for us too. He called Abram into relationship with Him and calls us as well. His promise assures us that when He gives us a radical command, we are journeying forth NOT alone but WITH God, who is leading us. The blessing includes what we still seek: a place to live and thrive, the security of community, prosperity & prominence. These things aren’t acquired on our own but are gifts from God: a divine grace, a divine blessing. Reading this passage just reminded me that I’m here at ‘SC with a lot of challenges to come my way. It’s crazy that I’m here right now, but God has me here for a purpose, and He is journeying with me. I have nothing to worry about!  I have no doubt that I am at the right place at the right time, and when God calls me elsewhere I am ready.
When people ask me why I want to be a dentist, I have an answer for them. Finally…. I used to hate it because I knew people would just assume that I wanted to be a dentist because both my parents are dentists. And I can’t lie and say that they didn’t influence me in some way. In fact, they probably are the ones that swayed me into this field. But now that I’m here, I’ve gained a much greater appreciation for this field, and I’ve been able to take it as my own. The only reason why I want to go into the health field is to travel overseas and use these skills that God has given me to bless His people. I can’t express how awesome it is to see the work that God is doing in other countries. But that doesn’t mean I have to be a dentist to do it. The health field is all I know, I’ve been around it my whole life. I don’t need the Dr. title or anything else, but I think God has me in dentistry for a reason, and not medical or nursing or pharmacy. Hopefully, I will discover the reason why later. As for now, I wouldn’t care if I was in any of these fields because I KNOW that God could use me…in fact, he could use me in any field, as long as I surrendered to Him. I hope that I can instill this mindset into my classmates as I go through these next 4 years. To minister to my classmates, to pray for my patients, to learn people’s stories and tell my testimony to them, to be humble and glorify only GOD with my achievements. THings are going to get rough pretty soon..but I know God is always faithful, even when I am not.

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