Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Blueberry Muffin Therapy

Cooking is therapy for me. When I'm feeling down I break out the pots & pans. This probably contributed to my weight issues in life. Pre-op when I was low I cooked enough for a crowd and then ate it all. I hosted lots of "Dinners for 4" where I was the only guest. Now I know better...

I make better choices in what I cook and I make a plan.

I made these yummy muffins (better choice) and invited my neighbor over for a cup of tea (the plan.) She loved the muffins and I sent a few of them home with her to share with her hubby (who has NO CLUE they are no white flour, no sugar muffins by the way. Ha.) I left a few out for Mum and I and froze the rest for another day. They'll be a nice treat next week sometime.

I heart these mini muffins. I toss a couple in a snack size Ziploc baggie and drop them in my purse so if I meet pals at Starbuck's and I am faced with their dreaded bakery case I can pull out my good for you treats and enjoy too.

Shelly's Blueberry Protein Mini Muffins

3/4 cup Spelt Flour
1/2 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
dash of Salt
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Nuts, chopped (I used Pecans)
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon Oil
4 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
2 Tablespoons Cottage Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Blueberries

1 Tablespoon Steel Cut Oats
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1 Tablespoon Sliced Almonds
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray mini muffin tin with Pam and set aside. Mix all ingredients together till combined. Spoon into muffin tin and sprinkle with a pinch of topping.

Bake at 350 for 12 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Remove pans from oven. Allow to cool in the pan for 3 minutes.

Transfer muffins to wire cooling rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container to keep them soft and moist. Makes 28-30 mini muffins.

More Eggface Blueberriness:

Shelly's Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Ice Cream
Shelly's Blueberry Oat Bars
Shelly's Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Shelly's Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie


emilyahnna said...

Yum! I am orderingmy mini tin today. I can't wait to make these as well as the green chili bites. I am alergic to coconut. If I just omit, will the recipe still turn out or do you think I need to replace with something? Thanks! Emily

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Emily,

I'd do 2 T's of Oatmeal (dry)

Hope you love them!


emily said...

ok, those look amazing. that sounds like a great base for any muffin idea.

now to find nsa/sf chocolate chips!

carrie said...


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Almond would probably work fine but NOT soy (soy can only replace regular flour at a 1:4 ratio so only 1/4 cup to 1 it also changes cooking times.) Wheat would work too. I chose spelt because I'm hearing great things about it, it's a whole grain and it's high in protein.


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Emily, Yeah huh... my mind is already going there too LOL.


Bonnie said...

Oh my goodness! I'm 2 weeks out of surgery and I think you saved my life!
While these may not be on the menu yet, your other recipes are totally doable. I was totally out of ideas!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Donna said...

I love cottage cheese muffins... try a variation with carrots (if you like them). That's my favorite!

May have to try your variation. :)

Anonymous said...

If you're looking for SF mini chocolate chips, has them. They're a little pricey, but they're not too bad.

emily said...

Michelle or anyone else, if you know of any good stores/brands of SF chips that I could find without dealing with shipping costs, let me know. It looks like Hershey's makes a SF chocolate chip, but it's pricier than the netrition brand.

lab012189 said...

OK - I got my mini muffin pan at Target today for $11.00. Spelt flour last night at Whole Foods - everything else is in the kitchen so I am ready to make these. The plan is to make them Friday night so I have a quick and easy but good breakfast for the weekends (with my Click that should arrive tomorrow). I will let you know if I butcher these poor babies. Thanks!!!

geokatgirl said...

Do you think coconut flour would work? I have some in my pantry at the mo and i am looking for an outlet for it.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Generally coconut flour can not be subbed at a 1:1 ratio for regular flour... it's more like 1:4 up to a 1/4 cup in a recipe. I have found if its an eggy recipe it sometimes works but its still not ideal.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelly,
I just made your blueberry muffins and they are so good! My kids even love them! Thanks so much! Now I am going to see what other muffins you have for me to try!
Amy Doyle