Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blender Recipe: Blueberry Oat Muffins

   Hi Friends!

   I noticed that it's been a while since I've added a recipe on here.  And when I checked my recipe archive I noticed that there are ZERO recipes for muffins on this blog.  Let's change that shall we?  I haven't actually made muffins in over a year.  I don't normally eat them, or crave them but I've been seeing so many pictures of muffins floating around on my Instagram lately that I felt it was time to bake a batch.  Originally, I planned on making raspberry muffins but, every time I bought raspberries I ended up using them for something else.  This happened about three times until I gave up on raspberries and went with blueberries.  I always have blueberries in the house, even if they are frozen.

   By the way, you may be wondering why I call this a blender recipe?  Well my friends, it's because I used my blender to mix up all of the ingredients.  But not just any blender.  I used my new best friend... my VITAMIX!  That's right, this girl's got a Vitamix!  I did a little dance the night I ordered it... and then another when it arrived.  And then I spent the entire day in the kitchen playing with it.  I made all of my meals using the blender.  Even if it was just to chop an onion, I didn't care.  I was going to use my Vitamix no matter what.  Everyday I rack my brain coming up with things that I can use it for.  Obviously, it makes my smoothies every morning (my smoothies have never tasted so good), but it's also helped me make hummus, brownies, pies, burgers, dressings, batters, soups, ice creams, frappuccinos, the list goes on.  Best.Purchase.Ever.

   Back to the muffins... You don't need a Vitamix to make these.  Any blender will do, or you can use a food processor if you prefer.  While these were baking the whole house smelled like banana bread, but once you try them you'll notice that the flavor is subtle.  Also, the amount of sugar in these muffins is perfect for me, but if you like really sweet things you may want to add more sugar to suit your tastes.

On to the recipe...

Blueberry Oat Muffins
Makes about 15 - 17 muffins
(the number goes up if you don't eat the batter!)

2 1/2 cups rolled oats, plus a little extra for garnish
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 4 tbsp water
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup coconut sugar (brown sugar works too)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare muffin tins by greasing them or use silicone liners. (Don't use paper liners as the muffins will stick to them, causing the muffin-in-mouth ratio to be super low.  Trust me, I know.)
Whisk together the flaxseed and water in a small bowl.  Set aside.
Using a blender/food processor add the rolled oats and process them until they reach a flour consistency.
Add the remaining ingredients to the blender (except for the blueberries) and process until smooth.
Stir in the blueberries and then fill the muffin cups about 2/3 of the way full.  Garnish with extra oats.  (I didn't think of that until after they were baking.)
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

By the way, these are only 80 calories a muffin.  Which is great for me because I sampled 3 of them just to write this post!


Ves xx

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hey Special Lady

Hi Friends!

I thought I would do a little dedicated post today about a fabulous woman named Mom.  You may have met her?  She's really sweet, always smiling, has the biggest warmest hugs of anyone you know... ring any bells?  Well, let me just say that mine is better than yours.  In fact, I think I'll be bold in saying that I have the BEST mom in the whole world.  Oh, you think yours is?  Okay, let's not argue.  You have the best mom, I have the best mom... let's agree to disagree.  But, just so you know, this post is about my mom... not yours.  Ha.

 Mom... Mommy... Marmi... Ma... Mama... sometimes even Mother but only when I'm being funny.

These are for you.

 This is the first year that we won't be celebrating Mother's Day together.  Boo.  No, I'm not saying that so that you can start crying! Ha. But, it's definitely weird.  I feel like we should walk around with our laptops on Skype all day just so that it feels like I'm following you around and wondering aloud what I can do next for you.  Because, if we were celebrating together, I would make sure that your day would be full of pampering goodness.  You wouldn't have to lift a finger at all and I would make you delectable meals all day...

Like these, perhaps:

Coffee, Maple Glazed Walnut Pancakes, and a Chocolate Shake for later.

A Green Smoothie in the middle of your day so that you have plenty of room for dinner.

A glass of wine, a salad with Swiss Chard, apples and a vinaigrette dressing, and Sweet Potato Lasagne for dinner.

And the Pièce de résistance would have to be these Lemon-Lime Cupcakes for dessert.
Remember Mom, all of these are vegan, which means that they are mucho healthy and also... calroies don't count on Mother's Day!

Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment to say that you are my best friend, the person that I can tell pretty much anything to.  You always listen to me even when I am being estupid... which, let's face it, can happen quite often, and you never judge.  You are supportive of everything that I do and you are my BIGGEST cheerleader.  I know I say that a lot, but that's because it's true.

When I grow up I want to be just like you.

I know I'm squishing your face but I love this picture.  Don't hate me for adding it!

Love you mom!

My mom really is better than yours... It's my blog and I can say what I want! Ha.

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