Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blueberry Muffins, a lowfat breakfast option

 The result:  A low fat, healthy, non-guilt, breakfast muffin. 

3/4 cup oat flour
1 1/2 cup homemade flour consisting of oats, bran, flax and chia
2 tsp vanilla sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup organic % vanilla yogurt ( I used stonyfield)
1/4 cup 0% vanilla greek yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sour cream
fresh blueberries

More about the ingredients:
Oat flour -  I make my oat flour from scratch when I need it because its ridiculously simple to do.  All I do it put rolled oats in my magic blender and blend. Thats it.
My magic flour -  Its my go to combination of "health". I go to the bulk bin of my local health supermarket, like Sprouts or Wholefoods and purchase the following:  Rolled oats,  Oat bran, Flax Seed, and Chia seeds. There is no real science to this because its just goodness- a plethora of Omega-3, protein, and fiber.  I mix up these "good for you" ingredients and store them. Its a great addition to oatmeal, smoothies, and cookies. This time I decided to blend it up and turn it into a flour.
Vanilla sugar & Baking Powder -  I used the Dr. Oetker brand
Blueberries - I may have used to many blueberries. But really, is there such a thing? Portion out blueberries to your preference...
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line muffin pan or spray with Pam or Olive oil 
  3. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients ( oat flour, magic flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, powdered sugar)
  4. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients ( vanilla yogurt, greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, sour cream)
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just incorporated
  6. Fold in the blueberries
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes
One of the blueberries somehow made the mark of a cross! Pretty appropriate with Easter right around the corner ...  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Chocolate Nut Butter Banana Muffins

Costco, or the " Hundred-dollar store" as I like to call it, has amazing deals, yes?

Bananas for example, you get something like 10 bananas for a little over a dollar. Of course, when you bought them you had every intention of eating them on a daily basis ( for the potassium, you know) and were confident the rest of your family would join in, making sure the bananas disappeared in a matter of days.

.....Except you didn't and they didn't, and now you are left with a pile of bananas similar to this:

I had begun to doubt my baking abilities. Recently, my baking experiments were not coming out up to par, I think the latest one could be best described as an unintentional Pake ( See, Drop Dead Diva).  But, thankfully, I've redeemed myself -- even without eggs at my disposal I managed to create a winner today :)

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
 3 tbsp flax seed, opened with a few tablespoons of water
2 cups banana
2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoon baking powder
10 squares trader joes dark chocolate ( lb)
1/3 cup sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 360F
  • Mix dry ingredients and set aside
  • Cream together butter, peanut butter, almond butter, vanilla  and sugar until soft and creamy
  • Add eggs, or in my case the egg replacement ( flax seed meal + water) and vanilla extract
  • Now add the bananas.... cream until nice and smooth
  • Add half of the dry ingredients, then the sour cream
  • Add the second half of the dry ingredients
  • fold in chocolate (chips)
  • Bake for 25 minutes

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Just some backyard grilling...

Almost everything is better homemade, right? 

Its a warm summer day but there is just enough of a gentle breeze to take the outdoors from bearable to pleasant. My sister's boyfriend was kind enough to spending the entire day at our place, keeping us company while our parents had to spend the day at the doctors.... and he's one of those guys who has a healthy appetite.

First, my sister suggested ordering pizza, but I wouldn't have it. We had all the ingredients at home to make a decent meal. All I had to do was say  " homemade hamburgers?" and the kids forgot all about the pizza. 

I prepped the ground meat with onion powder ( I prefer fresh grated onions, but sis vetoed it and I wasn't in the mood to argue), salt, pepper, teriyaki, and a dollop of ketchup.  In the meantime, I got a pan of onions caramelizing with a bit of turbinado sugar and olive oil.

Served on a grilled whole wheat bun with homemade thousand island dressing, caramelized onion, mixed greens and cheddar cheese --accompanied by homemade oven baked fries.