by Caren Crane
Recently, a very dear friend (who happens to be a great writer) had me read something for her. It was in first person point of view (POV), which I use a lot, and she had both the female and male protagonists "speaking". I never do that, so I looked forward to it. And it was great! Until...we got to the first chapter in the hero's POV.
See, the hero was feeling a little off-kilter (because of the heroine, of course) and was thinking of luring the heroine to a coffee house. And he thinks (because we're in his POV) that coffee and a muffin will fix him right up. STOP!!
As a dear friend (and reader), I had to point out that very few men - especially heterosexual ones - would ever think that a muffin would "fix him right up". While it is true that most men need more fiber in their diets how many (under 50) actively think about this? A rather low percentage, I imagine, unless they have a medical condition that has forced them to be aware of it.
Now, I happen to be in possession of one of these under-50 men who desperately needs more fiber in his diet. But I have to be tricksy about slipping it to him. So here, for all the people in your life (maybe even you) who need some fiber, is my Banana Bran Muffin recipe. Please note (Joan), my youngest daughter took home a ribbon from the NC State Fair with this recipe. The judges comment said, "So moist!" *g*
Caren's "Fiber Up Your Man" Banana Bran Muffins
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2-1/2 cups bran flakes cereal
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tbsp canola oil
2 very ripe bananas (so ripe you'd never eat them)
1 tbsp dried cranberries
2 tbsp raisins (any type)
Stir together flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder in medium bowl; set aside.
In large mixing bowl, combine bran flakes, milk, dried cranberries and raisins. Let sit for at least 5 minutes (don't skimp on this part, let it sit a while). Add slightly beaten egg and oil; mix well (by hand). Mash bananas into bran mixture with a fork and stir to mix.
Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion batter evenly into 12 cooking spray-coated 2 1/2-inch muffin pan cups (no liners).
Bake in 400 F oven about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or cold (they probably won't last until they're cold!).
Back to my friend's story. She went back to male POV chapter and took out much of the reflection for her guy altogether and used a different style for him going forward. It felt so much truer to his character and turned out to be a really great book!
So, do the men in your life actively worry about fiber in their diets? In your experience, do men really think about things like their health at all if they're not actively experiencing a heart attack? I'm fascinated by this!