Caramelized Pear-Banana Muffins
I made these Caramelized Pear-Banana Muffins mostly because I had some pears that were looking a little neglected and a ton of over-ripe bananas. I decided to make them vegan and gluten free because I also wanted to eat them! The bananas work as a great binder without using eggs.
You might have noticed I’ve been making more Vegan recipes lately. No, I’m not Vegan, but compassion seems to be a recurring theme in my life lately. So, I have been inspired to try recipes that have minimal impact on the animal world. My Caramelized Pear-Banana Muffins have few ingredients and a ton of flavor without animal products!
I am so fortunate to work in a school that is actually sponsoring a Mindfulness/Compassion course for the staff. I am loving it. The practice of mindfulness has changed my life. I used to think that I was too much of a spaz to meditate. So, I would consider my runs and swims as meditation. They still are!
But I’ve actually learned that mindfulness isn’t really about sitting in a chair mediating, it’s about being present. Being here, now. So while, yes, you can be present while sitting in a locus position focusing on the breath, you can also be present eating, washing dishes, having a conversation, driving or anything! Of course, I am fully present when I am baking:)
The act of being present and staying in the NOW has increased the joy, compassion and love in my life, while decreasing my stress level. I find it easier to extend compassion toward others and more resilient to any setbacks in my life. With a regular compassion practice, I feel more closely connected to everyone and everything on the planet.
“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.”