Monday, May 24, 2010

Power Muffins!

Did you want to know how many days left of school I have until summer vacation? Yes? 25. 2-5. I have a ton of things to do between now and then, especially since I have to move classrooms. Lucky for me I've enlisted the help of my sister and cousin...and anyone else that wants to help. Any takers? There will be some possible rewards in iced coffees and ice cream/frozen yogurt/ices.

This weekend we were very busy...doing what? I don't know. All I know is that the little errands I have to do over the weekend, take up a ton of time. Saturday morning I got up nice and early with a mission....I had to watch Grey's and Real Housewives of NY before Danny got up. My plan was a major fail when in the first five minutes I screamed, "OH MY GOD" so loud Danny woke up. That season finale was NUTS. Good thing I turned off every technological device Thursday night so I didn't have any spoilers. Real Housewives was pretty nuts too, just in a very different way.

After feeling every emotional possible (from TV) we went to the beach to go for a nice run on the boardwalk. It was supposed to be a gorgeous beach day according to the weather person, but that just didn't materialize. We brought stuff to stay longer, but it was kind of cold and windy so we left. I had to stop at Trader Joe's on the way to my mom's to get some things to make for lunch; half a paycheck later we were in business.
Here are some of the goodies I picked up:
My sister-in-law introduced me to this. All natural, zero calories, deliciousness. 
Thanks Janet! (It's half gone already.)
These are a great cracker, they go with everything...hummus, guac, anything.

I also got Trader Joe's mini whole wheat pitas, TJ's longboards (traditional tortilla chips) and root vegetable chips (addicting...entire bag gone in 2 days). These went perfectly with the guacamole I made. 

After devouring all of that food we weren't hungry for dinner really. I ended up re-heating the bean burgers and having that over salad. 

Sunday morning my eyes opened wide at 6:20. I had even gone to bed late, but I was just ready to get up. I didn't want to push it, so I just got up. I had a pretty busy baking morning, so I have a couple of good recipes to share. 

Blueberry Pumpkin Power Muffins
  • 1 ripened banana
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 egg (I used organic)
  • 1/4 cup non-packed turbinado or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly grounded flax seed
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (or whole wheat or white flour)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grind the flax seed, set aside. (I used my coffee grinder.)
2. Process oats in food processor until it's a flour like consistency. (This step is optional, you can use the oats as is if you'd like.)
3. Add flax seed, oats, banana, egg, sugar, spelt flour, baking soda, baking powder and pumpkin to a large bowl. Mix well. 
4. Add blueberries. Fold in to batter. 
5. Grease a muffin pan. (I used 12, but you can make 6 larger muffins)
6. Spoon batter into pan. 

Makes 12 muffins. 

These are perfect for a quick breakfast. They are very light, but filling also. You know I love my muffins! Thanks for the inspiration Angela! 

I am always looking for new muffins and scones to make. So if you have a favorite, send it over my way! Next I'm making Jessica's quinoa bulgar muffins. 

Have a happy Monday!


Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said...

These look great - I'm also on the lookout for good muffin recipes :) Nothing's better than freezing them all, forgetting about them, and remembering them just when you think all is lost :P
And congrats on the 2-5! Any fun summer plans? And since you promised an iced coffee, I will SO jet down there to help.
p.s. same way when it comes to doing random errands. I feel like going grocery shopping takes up a good two hours more than it should! Of course, if I want to get to the "good store" two of those hours is just the commute. Bummer.
p.p.s. I hope you like the muffins if you try them!!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

They look great! They have everything in them, thanks!

pegasuslegend said...

A healthy start to the day great job~

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

I love quick and healthy muffins! I need to make some of these for my husband :)

Kat said...

Greys seriously was SO crazy! Im wonderinf is Mer plans on telling Derek...cause she announced it to Christina, Owen and that nurse lady, so unless they swear not to tell....
the muffins look amazing. I need to make some good power muffins for my hubs so he can take them to work for breakfast!!

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

The muffins look delish! My breakfasts are always just some form of raw fruit, it would be nice to shake things up and actually make something!

Lindsay @ said...

The muffins look amazing! I love your three dip container!

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

Those look awesome and blueberry muffins are definitely my favorite!

Christine said...

That guac was sooooo good!

lynn @ the actors diet said...

i love those crackers from tj's. they are like kashi's tlc but cheaper!

Lindsay said...

Those muffins look DELISH!!!

whataboutsummer said...

way to have the school count-down going! My mom works in an elementary school library and she keeps telling me over and over (and repeating that once again in case I missed it) how many classes she has left until she is done haha

I got some corn crackers from Trader's that I can' wait to try out; gluten free! If only I had guac to go with them...

Jennifer said...

I WISH I lived near a beach with a boardwalk!! Glad you are close to being done with school! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

that is SUCH a hot tip about the ice tea from TJs!!! i think you just changed my life :)

the muffies! nice! I thought angela was vegan so she probably used egg replacer in hers. I dont read her blog anymore but these look great! I have a few vegan GF recipes for banana bread and muffins. Type the word banana in the search box of my site, and 3 will pop up. The nana bread, with PB...omg, it's really good :)

erica said...

Those muffins look awesome. I love pumpkin in almost everything. I need to watch Grey's. My family is a huge fan so we had it recording on every TV in our house ha! Glad you liked it too! said...

these look delicious! oh moving classrooms-that is always so tough-glad you have help!

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