Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The story of the girl and the muffin

Hi guys. It’s been a pretty rough week so far. School is just taking its tool on me!! I feel so drained, mentally and physically. I hadn’t cooked anything since Thanksgiving, so a few nights ago, I made muffins. They are my “get happy” food. It was about 11:30 p.m. when I started, and my stepdad was noticeably annoyed by the clanking of bowls and spoons in the kitchen because he was trying to watch tv. I didn’t care though- I just needed some cooking time, so he was gonna have to deal. Cooking is just so therapeutic to me- I get in my own little world, wear my favorite bathrobe, and nothing matters anymore except for my muffins.

They turned out amazing!!! But that’s no surprise. You guys know I don’t bake crappy muffins haha They are Coconut Macadamia Muffins. I just love macadamia nuts. I don’t think you heard me. I LOVE macadamia nuts. Haha I’ve been eating them like a madwoman, but I’m okay with it. The original recipe called for almonds, but I didn’t have any. I found it on eat me, delicious. I had to change some ingredients to make it gluten free, and I substituted a few others just for my own enjoyment haha

Coconut Macadamia Muffins
1 cup oat flour
½ cup millet flour
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup organic cane sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
¾ cup light coconut milk
2 tbsp ground flax seeds + 6 tbsp water (or egg replacer for 2 eggs)
¼ cup canola oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
1/3 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. In a small cup, combine flax seeds with water and let stand while assembling other ingredients. In a large bowl, combine flours, shredded coconut, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir together. Add in the coconut milk, egg replacer, oil, extracts, and nuts. Stir together until well-combined. Spoon into a greased muffin tin and bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 10 muffins.

*There was a superman candle sitting on a shelf, and he really wanted to be in the picture. Can you blame him? Look at those two fine ladies!

27 comments:

aredcardigan said...

Coconut...good!

Macadamia...good!

Save me a piece!

eatme_delicious said...

Yumm coconut macadamia muffins! Excellent adaptation.

Maya said...

sounds so so so delicious! i want one!

magpie said...

Muffins make me happy too :) I think I might go eat one right now actually.

Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, man, those sound soooooooo good!

I have asked Santa for one of those funky muffin pans!

Reeni said...

I'd like to sink my teeth into one of those humongous and delicious babies, chock full of macadamias, yummmmmmm!!!

K said...

I love our muffin tins, how they're so tall! Thanks for the recipe!

Jenn said...

You really are going to turn into a muffin!

They look awesome!

Chahira Daoud said...

Hello Joanna
lovely muffins , I really like your blog very much , I'll post my cinamon recipe as soon as possible , i'll let you know.
Stay tuned and have a very nice day!!

Vera said...

The muffins look yummy, Joanna!

Agnesss =) said...

Hey Jooooo!!

Oh my Friend,reading your post always assures me in this fact that in many situations and issues I feel pretty similar to you!! !! =)) It's amazzzing,and I get these nice feeling that I've known you for a LOOOOOONG time before we "met" hah!! Isn't it cooL????!!

I'm the same with DOING THINGS IN THE KITCHEN pretty late in the evening, in my FAVOURITE ORANGE BATHROBE !! And I love it because this gives my the feeling you just described!! I feel like in my own special world,exploring new things,flavors,ideas,it's SOOOO AMAZZZING,and my parents used to look at me a bit surprised and annoyed but now they're accustomed to me running through the kitchen in the evening/night hah =DD I LLOVE it, it's the BEST RELAXATION ever!!!! Don't you think we should think bout making sth TOGETHER??!! I mean,a restaurant/bakery/raw and vegan ...!!!!!???? =DD

IT'D BE ABSOLUTELY INSANELY PERFECT and EXCITING!!!!!!!! =DDD

What do you think,Jojo??!! =D

Well,and MACADAMIAS!!! Oh YEAH!!! The best nuts ever!! I've missed them SOO MUCH,but two day ago I got some from my Grannie!! =D Hurray!! I'll be using/eating them soon!! =DD

School , yeahh...such a stupid thing to worry bout hah...but well, hang in there !!! I'm all with you!!!!!!!! =DDDD

Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!=**

Becca said...

Aww! I'm sorry that you have been so busy! I hope the cooking made you feel somewhat better. Oooo and it has coconut in it! Delicious!

VeggieGirl said...

I always love your muffins :-)

So sorry I've missed so many posts, girl!! :-(

Sammy said...

Yumm those muffins sound delicious. Love the Superman add-in :)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Coconut macadamia?! Oh holy wow!

flower said...

This is probably a really stupid question, but how do you make your muffins so big??

Jen said...

wow, those sound really good. you know what i'm thinking? topping them with some pineapple sauce from VWAV. only a foodie would think about adding more food on top of already good food. boy am i in trouble!

flower said...

I forgot to ask did you google Wentworth Miller? YUM!

jessy said...

hang in there, Joanna! :) hugs to you, girlie! sorry school is crazy for you right now; i hope it calms down soon!

i read your post and smiled because i too often times wear my favorite bathrobe when i cook! it's softy and fluffy and i love it the most!

your muffins sounds scrumptious and they look oh-so delicious! thanks for another glorious recipe!

Mihl said...

Coconut and macadamia makes me happy!

Michelle said...

These look yummy! I'm glad you went ahead and cooked away at 11:30. Sometimes you just HAVE to! :)

Joie de vivre said...

I too have been in a cooking funk since Thanksgiving. Good for you for getting through it by making a rockin' muffin.

Becca said...

Definitely!!!! Let's go to Paris:] I really want to see the Eiffel Tower before I die. It looks so beautiful in movies, I can only imagine in real life!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hi Jo. Oh sweetie, I sympathize with the "finals" turmoil. My daughter's going through the same thing. She had two exams this week and between her school and work I doubt she's had any sleep at all. Big time stress. So you take good care of yourself as much as you can. You made delicious muffins...my daughter made her happy food: brownies.
Difference between American or European chocolate and Mexican chocolate is that Mexican chocolate is not as smooth as the others. The sugar used is unrefined, therefore it tends to be grainy. But the taste is amazing and once used in baking the sugar dissolves nicely and gives you that cinnamon and almond taste that defines Mexican chocolate.

Juliet said...

I love macadamia nuts too! I wish they had less calories. :(

Bethany said...

you are a muffin factory. mmmmm... coconut!

Pearl said...

hahaahha oh my god your picture is soooo adorable! at first, i thought superman was HOISTING a muffin over his head!

and i totally know what you mean about getting into your own world when cooking - it IS so therapeutic for me, too, and i can just concentrate solely on that; but at the same time, completely relax. kind of like driving! it's innate, almost.