Baking for Tita…

I am sure many of you have read of my love for my Grandmother, Tita. She is technically my husbands grandmother. But I don’t care about technicalities! When GF Guy and I got married, she became “our” grandmother! She is a wonderful, feisty little Cuban woman. At 83 years old, she still makes a big Cuban meal for the entire family, every Sunday. She has loving recreated all of her old family recipes to make them “Katrina Safe”. I have never gotten sick due to cross-contamination and have never been made to feel ostracized or like an inconvenience. I love her!
Well…. Tita has a health problem of her own. She and Pop (my grandfather) have diabetes. She has always cooked to accommodate my dietary restrictions. I wanted to do the same for her. This morning, before heading over for our usual Sunday afternoon lunch, I began experimenting. I started with a recipe I found on Elana’s Pantry. Since this was my first foray into Sugar Free baking, I decided to start slowly. A few changes were made due to ingredients I had on hand, but I stuck to the recipe for the most part… this time. (My next post will feature a Gidget Original!)
Both Pop & Tita LOVED these muffins and were thrilled to have a healthy dessert option! Don’t you just love cooking for people?

Banana Nut Muffins for Tita
Ingredients:
– 3 Eggs
– 2 medium, frozen Bananas, defrosted
– 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
– 2 pitted Dates
– 1/8 cup Raisins
– 10 drops Vanilla Liquid Stevia
– 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
– 1/4 teaspoon Salt
– 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
– 1/2 cup Walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
While oven is preheating, toast Walnuts.
In a blender, combine the Eggs, Bananas, Dates, Raisins, & Stevia until smooth.
Add Flour, Salt, & Soda, blend until combined.
Gently fold in chopped, toasted Walnuts.
Using a measuring cup, scoop 1/4 portions into prepared muffin pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes until done. (Mine took 23 minutes, exactly, just like Elana’s)
Allow to cool on a wire rack.
These muffins are awfully dark in color, but moist and delicious in flavor!

Who is your favorite person to cook for? Do you have a favorite memory of your grandparents?
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5 thoughts on “Baking for Tita…

  1. Lucky you, Lucky Tia. My mom grew up in Havana, Cuba. I would love to go there some day and loved listening to her stories. They left in the early 1950's, just prior to Castro taking over, the pre Cuban Revolutionary period I guess you'd say.

  2. Your muffins look great. I had a grandmother who died when I was 7, but I still remember what a wonderful cook she was. And she was so loving, too. I cried hard when she died, but now I smile at my memories of her. Your Tita souns like a wonderful grandmother.

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