Hello friends! It’s almost the last day of the year, and I had thoughts of writing you all a grand and reflective post called “The Best of 2016” linking up your favourite recipes of the past 12 months and waxing poetic on how much the blog has grown.
But to be honest, the blog actually hasn’t grown that much over the past year… and I’m ok with that. I’ve had zero advertisers and zero sponsored posts… and I’m ok with that, too. I suppose you would say I’ve redefined my vision of “success” for this little space on the Internet. Sure, it would be great to have 21K subscribers and to know everyone and their great-aunt is pinning my recipes left & right… but I read so many posts lately about “blogger burn-out” resulting from all the pressure to snap the Pinterest-perfect picture and pen the ultimate catchy phrase so that your 21K readers will buy the grocery item you’re sponsoring. Never mind that you just stayed up till 2am to meet the sponsor’s deadline and pulled out the rest of your hair creating an innovative new recipe with something you don’t think is that healthy anyway.
I think I’ll pass.
So really, I just want to say a big THANKS to all of you, my wonderful readers! I’m grateful to each one of you for the time you spend reading my posts, the sweet comments you leave, and oh! when you make a recipe… it just thrills my heart to death! This blog certainly wouldn’t exist without you, and please know that I have so many of your faces in the front of my mind as I write. You are all dear to my heart.
This is actually the point of my blog… for me to have an avenue to reach out, and for you to (hopefully!) be inspired. So that’s how I hope to grow this blog in 2017… with creativity, inspiration, and a personal touch that makes you, my sweet readers, feel connected… and healthy… of course!!
So, for my last post of the year, want my latest brand new recipe?? Peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffins. I do this so often… start baking with no recipe, I mean… purely in the interest of time. I have a taste in mind and I can’t be bothered to look up a recipe. So I just start.
Well, I nailed these bad boys right out of the chute, which is kind of unusual… I normally need to tweak a new recipe several times before sharing. So it must be our lucky day, right?
These guys are vegan, low in sugar, with the option to be gluten-free. And please note that I filed them under the “Breakfast” category, giving you all complete license to eat chocolate in the morning. You’re welcome.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we did… did you notice there are only 9 in the shoot, though the recipe does make 12??
Happy New Year, everyone!