Sunday, December 7, 2008

Muffin Mania

Hello everyone. I have a question for you guys. Do you feel like you cook way too much? If you do, it’s okay because I do, too. It’s kind of ridiculous haha Maybe I’m home too much or something… I don’t know. I think it’s probably because I love it. And when you love something, you just can’t get enough of it!

There’s really no point I’m trying to make with that. I just felt like reasoning out my obsession with cooking. I wish I could just cook all my life in my kitchen and have no other job. Wouldn’t that be freakin awesome?!?! The only way I see that happening is if I win the lottery or marry a rich man. There’s probably more of a chance of me winning the lottery. I could never marry someone for just there money. I’ve thought about it, of course, but has the opportunity presented itself? No haha. It makes me think of the housewives of Orange County. I love that show!! My mom and I watch reruns of that. Some of the wives work, but the majority of them just go tanning all day… which isn’t such a bad life, I guess. So, I take back how I said there’s no point to this. I just thought of one haha Here it is: Do what you love!!!!!! Even if it means that you won’t make a lot of money. I mean, yeah, I like money, but when it comes down to it, it’s just paper… and it smells bad.

And speaking of love, I love muffins. So here’s another muffin recipe haha I’m so sorry. I’ll completely understand if you quit reading my blog due to the amount of muffins I bake. These are in my top 5 favorite muffins in the world. They were really moist and dense. I love that combination in a muffin. I found the recipe in Viva le Vegan. It was originally a bread recipe, but I changed up some stuff and made gluten-free muffins. Worked like a charm!

Apricot-Almond Muffins

½ cup oat flour
½ cup organic cane sugar
1/3 cup blanched almonds or almond slivers
1 ¼ cup millet flour
½ cup sorghum flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp sea salt
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tbsp flax meal
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
2 ½ tbsp canola oil
Handful of blanched almonds for garnish

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine the first 9 (all dry) ingredients and stir together. In another bowl, combine the milk with the flax and stir through. Add the applesauce, apricots, extracts, and oil and mix well. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir through until well-combined. Scoop mixture into a prepared muffin tin and bake for 20-22 minutes. Makes approximately 8-10 normal size muffins. The baking time may vary because my muffins are always gigantic, so I’d check normal muffins at 16 or 18 minutes with a toothpick.


Ruby Red said...

Haha, you have one crazy muffin tin! I have never seen anything like it! The apricot-almond combo seems like a winner too.

I wish I loved cooking as much as you do! Sometimes I do love it, and sometimes I feel like it is an obligation: like if I don't cook, then I will end up with crappy, sub-par lazy food. So I feel like I have to cook or I won't be satisfied with my meals! Hehe. But marrying a rich would be nice for buying all those fun-looking expensive kitchen gadgets.

Anonymous said...

Don't feel bad! I cook WAY too much too! When I'm really bored I might end up cooking two or three things then giving them away. I love planning and making elaborate meals. And baking cakes and decorating them ( I'm terrible with frosting though! ) And making cookies and healthy granola bars and giving them away.. People say I should open my own restaurant- maybe we should go into business;)!
Hmm about marrying the rich man, Only marry him if he is a real hottie!!! hehe

Anonymous said...

Haha, no I don't feel like I cook too much. It's a fun, healthy, and lifestyle-appropriate hobby which allows me to give out many gifts and make lots of people happy. I bake lots of vegan treats and I feel like I'm spreading a bit of awareness that you dont need eggs or dairy to make delicious food. So the answer is no, I don't cook enough!

Jenn said...

Cooking way too much is more normal than never cooking at all, and you muffins are ALWAYS awesome!

You can marry Edward Cullen. He's rich, and since he is a fictitional vampire and doesn't eat, you can still keep all the muffins for yourself!

maya said...

apricot almond..yumm
i dont cook too much nor do i bake alot..i just usually cook a dinner nor myself and prepare a easy lunch and dinner..iam pretty low key. you cook/bake such great things.

Anonymous said...

I love to cook! It would great to stay home all day and just play around in my kitchen. Job? Who needs a job!?

Nice muffins, those are insanely huge!

Reeni said...

Do what you love! Be a muffin maker! I love to make muffins too. I will never get sick of your recipes. These look delicious!!!! YUM-YUM!!

K from ksgoodeats said...

Baking is such a nice release for me - I understand your love for it!

I still can't get over the muffin tins :)

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Anonymous said...

All of your muffins look hella good! Haha the Real Housewives is definitely a guilty pleasure :)

fleur said...

These look almost to pretty to eat

HangryPants said...

I love the muffins and I looooove to bake. I love to make up recipes for muffins and cookies. It's fun!

x said...

Giant muffins, you could eat half and save half for later!

Carol at beadbakemove said...

"Do what you love!!!!!! Even if it means that you won’t make a lot of money. I mean, yeah, I like money, but when it comes down to it, it’s just paper… and it smells bad."

I love this! Truly words to live by. Just found your site, I love muffins too and will be looking through your archives.

Elizabeth said...

I agree. Do what you love -- why do you need to win the lottery or marry rich to be a cook? Couldn't you go to cooking school or open a restaurant?? :) Do you watch top chef as well (same channel as real hosewvfes (yes I watch it too)? :) :)

Jen Treehugger said...

Those Muffins look FAB Jo!
I read a quote once and it has always stuck with me and reading your blog today reminded me of it...

"You will recognise your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need."

And another one's just sprang to mind

"What you do is more important than how much you make, and how you feel about it is more important than what you do."

Anonymous said...

I love your muffins! Keep those recipes coming!! :D

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

I love your super gigantic muffins! Yes, if I could spend all day in the kitchen having fun, that would be heaven! I won't marry a rich man though, because I'm already married and I wouldn't trade Mr.Wing-it for all the millionaires in the world! :)

Bethany said...

You gotta cook! how else will you eat anything decent tasting or healthy on a regular basis?

If you love cooking you could get a job cooking. doesn't have to be a full time job. could just be a part time job for fun.

I've said it before, those are some tall muffins. I want to see a pic of it.

Pearl said...

LOL jo you make me laugh so much! and do you bake your muffins in a muffin tin? cause they seem to come out so much bigger.. like as if they were baked in a drinking cup!

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