Posts tagged ‘muffins’

May 10, 2011

That. Just. Happened.

Who wants to hear about my day!?

You?

Ok good.

Well, let’s just say Tuesday and I started out on the wrong foot. I woke up at 4:24 (random time i set my alarm for) because my boyfriend had set up a car to pick me up at 4:40 am and take me to New York so I could catch my train back to Baltimore. If waking up long before the sun did wasn’t enough torture I literally bumped my head so hard on the car door that it’s bruised. Looking pretty! I was starving so I wandered around the station to find that only one shop was open. Helllllo, it’s 5 am, don’t they know this girl’s tummy is rumbling? The only “restaurant” that was open? The healthy option of Krispy Kreme. I may or may not have gotten a doughnut…But, if I did – it would be a pink glazed with sprinkles. I sat on the floor waiting for the train to arrive and once it did I was crossing over the gap between the sidewalk and train my flip-flop falls off. I mean, really? How often does that happen to someone. Most likely NEVER. But, it would happen to me. Only me. Whatever, I can’t deal with it so I just walk onto the train smiling with one shoe on like the crazy woman I am at 5:30 am. After I rummage through my carry-on suitcase to find another pair of shoes I attempt to lift it in the overhead compartment…What do ya know? It’s too over-packed to fit. Cool. I have no patience left, I’ve lost one of my favorite flip-flops and I’m still hungry because sugar isn’t filling…So, my suitcase is getting its own seat. I dare someone to say something to me. Oh wait, nope, it’s not… The train is full so I now have a neighbor. I planned on falling asleep and waking up to a “new day” but the woman next to me had other plans… Number 1, she smelled like feet and Number 2 she would NOT stop talking. “Everyone in my company is SO attractive,” “This guy really likes me but we’ve only been dating for one day and he tried to hold my hand so I’m not sure I like the PDA” “Why wont the cafe cart toast bagels?” Seriously lady…Not in the mood to chat. All i wanted was for my phone to ring… But really, it’s 6 am. Nobody was calling me. I listened to her whine and remembered I was on my way to work which included two whiney children. This is clearly the best day ever. I finally get home, get in my own car and hit a bird IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. Windshield? Cracked. I thought hitting a bird was impossible? I notice my gas light is on… Please lord, just get me to the gas station.

That really just happened. This all happened before 9am.

Want to know what made my day better?

Baking.

I saw a recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Banana Muffins on Courtney’s blog last week and have been dreaming of them ever since. I made a few adjustments so here it goes.

Oatmeal Raisin Banana Muffins

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

Strudel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Muffins:

  • 2 whole, ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper or foil cups.

For the Topping:
In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and melted butter; set aside.

For the Muffins:
Mash bananas in a medium bowl. Stir in egg substitute and milk. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, remaining oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Stir just to combine (batter should be lumpy). Stir in raisins.

Divide batter among the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle each with the reserved topping. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-19 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in one of the center muffins comes out clean or only with some dry crumbs from the topping. ENJOY!

When Courtney said these reminded her of a soft chewy oatmeal raisin cookie she wasnt lying.. These were perfect. I had one for lunch with yogurt and maybe another one on the side 😉 I usually leave my baked goods at the house I nanny so I’m not tempted to eat them at home but I brought a couple of these suckers home.

My day went OK up until 5pm… When I got home with my groceries.

Half of them rolled down the hill. I think I have poison ivy. I need to go to bed.

I did get all of this

for just about the same price it cost me to fill up my gas tank. Does that make this a good or bad part of my day?

All I know is that out of all of these groceries…the only thing I’m worried about right now is this.

Dinner is served. Goodnight.

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May 2, 2011

Healthy Loving Weekend

Boooo, I can’t believe it’s Monday already!?! At least it’s May, right?! Warm weather is here to stay. This weekend was pretty uneventful but I needed it. I have a feeling my life is about to become super hectic so I’m happy with my 80-year-old status weekend.

Friday night I enjoyed dinner with my grandma & aunt at home… We had a SUPER yummy salad that I forgot to take pictures of. It was a “Shrimp Cobb Salad” from the new Cooking Light magazine…. SO amazing.

The dressing was very light and simple to make – You can find the recipe here if you want to have bacon, avocado and shrimp wrapped in one meal. Put any one of those in a recipe and I’m in…all 3? Hellllo perfection. Friday night I was in bed by 10:30, because I’m 80.

Saturday morning I woke up and skipped my normal bodypump/zumba classes because I was extremely sore… Instead I decided to head over to my moms house to use her bike. I rode for a good 45 minutes – It was A LOT  harder than I thought. When I got up I whipped up some healthy muffins. Again, this recipe was adapted from the new Cooking Light magazine. Great investment I’d say.

Whole Wheat Pistachio and Chai Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups of Whole Wheat flour (or all-purpose OR 1/2 AP 1/2 WW)
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 chai blend tea bags, opened
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (i used brummel and brown – yogurt based)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut open tea bags; add tea to flour mixture, stirring well.
  • Make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and egg whites in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Add 1/2 of your pistachio mixture to batter.
  • Place 12 muffin-cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  • Sprinkle nuts evenly over batter.
  • Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.
I decided to top half of mine with PB and I actually preferred it without… Shocker, I know – I didn’t want Peanut Butter on something? Weird.
If you want you could add 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon water & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to make a glaze as a topping as suggested by Cooking Light.

We replaced our old fridge

With a new fridge

Some organization needs to be done but I’m loving it so far!

We seriously couldn’t ask for better weather on Saturday – I get so much more accomplished when Mr. Sun is showing his face. I’ve been loving my workouts outside so much that I’ve decided instead of using my gym membership I’m going to start sporting these…

MMhmmm. I can already picture myself now.

Ha, I hope I’m kidding.

I enjoyed some more time in the sun while watching my little cousin play lacrosse.

He loves having fans on the sidelines.

The "point" as in I see you

3 goals scored by this little munchkin.

Isn’t he cute?

My grandma, aunt and I enjoyed dinner again out at Woodfire Grill. We all had the Woodfire Salad (Spinach, Strawberries, Blackberries, Sunflower Seeds & Goat Cheese) w/ Grilled Salmon. We are quite the seafood and salad eaters lately.

I went to Tasti D-Lite afterwards by myself (fat kid move) for a little treat.

Caramel with mini chocolate chips and strawberries

Seriously, this is a small. I couldn’t finish it and I think that might be the first time that has EVER happened.

Sunday morning I got up for my spin class and my favorite spin instructor wasn’t teaching. Awesome. Instead I did 35 minutes on the Arc Trainer and did an ab routine. I headed to the mall afterwards and picked up some mothers day gifts! Surprisingly, I only purchased one thing for myself and it was necessary 🙂

Yesterday our farmers market opened! I feel like I’ve been waiting on this for MONTHS.

I picked up plenty of fresh fruit to make my new favorite lunch – Smoothie bowls!

Now I know why Julie loves these so much!

The first Smoothie Bowl is Strawberry Banana – In it goes

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 2 pinches xanthan gum

The second one is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie bowl

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 pinches of xanthan gum
These are SO huge and SO filling… I’ve been topping them with these gerber graduates cereal puffs.
So basically if you learned anything from this post it is – I’m now an 80-year-old grandma who likes baby food… Interesting.
I’m off for a run before work. Let’s cross our fingers this week goes by FAST!
Oh and one last thing… It feels good to be an American today! I didn’t find out til this morning when I woke up, but it gave me chills 🙂
Thank you to all our soldiers for their dedication and hard work!

QUESTIONS: Have you ever had chai in muffins? What was the best thing you did/ate over the weekend?