Smoothie Magic and {Not So Much} Muffin Tops

I’m on a smoothie roll!

Lately I just can’t go a morning without them. This morning I probably had one of my favorite ones yet and all it took was that one magical 1/2 tablespoon of peanut flour.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate-Rainer Cherry Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • a couple frozen rainer cherries
  • 9 ice cubes
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder (I use true vitality)
  • 1/2 T peanut flour
  • 1/8 t xanthan gum

I’m also on a baking roll. (Successful bakes are a whole other topic ;))

Every once in a while I catch the baking bug and it comes down to how much time and motivation I have.

Time was on my side the other day and I was craving muffin tops so I got baking.

Remember that really flat looking thing I had yesterday morning?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need a muffin top pan.

That way my muffin tops can look like this…

rather than this…

It’s a sad looking thing, isn’t it?

I had a brilliant plan to use an ice cream scoop to scoop out little mounds so that they would miraculously bake into fluffy little muffin tops.

Couldn’t have been more wrong. As usual.

Apparently runny batter spreads when baked. I’m sure the whole world knew that. Yet I thought for some reason mine wouldn’t.

But’s its all good, because in the end all baked goods taste the same whether they’re flat, puffy, or in muffin form.

And these turned out pretty tasty.

{Not So Much} Chocolate Muffin Top

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup oat bran (or 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour if you don’t like the crunch of oat bran)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup sucanat
  • 2.5 T chia seeds
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • 2 T dark cocoa powder
  • 1.5 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
*Mix all wet ingredients in a small bowl.
*Pour wet into dry and stir to combine.
*Place bowl in refrigerator for 10 mins.
*Meanwhile, preheat oven to 35o degrees.
* After 10 mins, scoop mixture out with ice cream scoop into whatever pan floats your boat 🙂
*My muffin took about 17-20 mins to bake while my {flat} muffin top took 10 mins. 

These are best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. They’re just as great eaten straight out of the fridge, which I’ve been doing. Literally.

I don’t know how many times I catch myself standing in front of the fridge eating who knows what with the door ajar. I guess it’s a win-win. I get extra AC plus my hunger is satiated 😉

What’s your favorite muffin flavor? If I HAD to choose, I’d say I love a good classic blueberry muffin.


What I’ve Been Up To

Yesterday I went to Shenzhen, China for the day and didn’t get home until late and was too tired to write up a post.

I actually haven’t been spending much time at home partly because the space is just so small and also because once I’m out it’s just easier to stay out the rest of the day since I’m walking and it’s not always convenient to just go all the way home.

Heres what I’ve been up to lately:

Figuring out how to use an unfamiliar blender

Making almond milk ice cubes

Drinking chocolate protein shakes

Forgetting that I have no car and that everything I buy here has to be carried home

(Note to selfdo NOT buy huge bottles of water, drinks, shampoo/conditioner, and toilet paper all at once. It starts getsreally heavy halfway home.)

Finding out that one of my favorite soy drinks comes in multiple flavors

Coconut soy milk

Melon, red bean, chocolate, and dark chocolate soy milk

Eating TONS of food

I went to a buffet today and ate more than my fair share of food. I only managed to take a picture of my first and last two plates. Everything I ate in between I forgot to photograph because I was too busy eating…

dragon fruit, watermelon, pineapple, and cheese

tuna, salmon, abalone, and crab sashimi

spinach noodle soup

All the dessert looked too good to pass up so I decided to try it all(!).  I had little slivers of  strawberry mousse cheesecake, vanilla bread pudding, tiramisu, black sesame and banana mousse, pear tart, and gluten free almond and orange cake, plus some pineapple, watermelon, and dragon fruit.

Everything here is delicious, but I’m beginning to miss my usual eats. Particularly oats and waffles.

Drinking my weight in milk tea

Trying new workouts

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

After I saw how much Kalli liked Jillian Michael’s DVD’s I thought I’d give fitness DVD’s a go. I tried it for the first time two days ago and I’m loving it! I love how she keeps the heart rate up and gets through the workout quickly, but efficiently.

The New Rules of Lifting for Women

I’ve heard many good things about this book and I also really enjoyed reading all of Amanda’s thoughts on the book so I bought it before I came to Hong Kong and started reading it yesterday. I got through the majority of the book and started stage 1 of the workout plan this morning. Loving it 🙂

Tonight will be spent packing because I’m taking a mini trip to a beachy place. My next post will be from paradise – at least that’s what I hope it’ll be! I’ll let ya know 🙂

Have a fabulous Thursday!

Chocolate Heaven

I’m glad you all enjoyed reading about my 5 ingredient crispies!

This morning I went to chocolate heaven.

All thanks to this little guy…

Into my blender went:

  • 1 packet of true vitality chocolate protein powder
  • ~ 1.25 cups unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 5 frozen unsweetened chocolate almond milk cubes
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 T espresso

It was SO chocolaty delicious I never wanted it to end. But then it did.

It’s okay, we’ll meet again tomorrow 🙂

On a not so chocolaty note…I have a confession.

I’ve been feeling a little guilty for neglecting Barbara lately, but I’ve recently found a new love.

Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes. They’re crunchy and have just the right amount of sweetness making them oh so perfect to munch on any time of the day.

I’m pretty sure you can tell I’m quite enamored with cereal, but did you know I used to never eat cereal?  As in, I didn’t eat a lick of it for a good 5 or so years.

I somehow had it engraved in my mind that ALL cereal was bad for you and shouldn’t be touched. And now I realize that is the wrong mindset. There are still many cereals out there that are loaded with sugar that I still wouldn’t touch, but there are also whole grain cereals that are packed with nutrients.

I’m not positive where I got that idea from, but I want to say it came from this:

This my friends, is a book I do not recommend reading.

I read it many years ago, and I actually don’t think I ever finished it, but the book puts ideas into your mind that I now believe to be quite untrue.

Not the entire book is bad, but it is a book that needs to be read with an open mind and absorbed sparingly.  He makes great points about how many peoples diets lack fruits and vegetables, but he also doesn’t tread lightly on certain matter such as oils and how they are ALL bad for us no matter what.

All in all, I just feel that this book may lead to unbalanced diets that are much too restrictive, which could in turn back fire in the long run.

How did I get from talking about neglecting Barbara to Joel Fuhrman?

Well, I’m just glad that cereals eventually found their way back into my life 🙂

What’s your favorite cereal?

Any good recommendations for health books?