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Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Streusel Muffins with Protein Option, New Trainer, Push Yourself or Take It Easy

Posted Jul 19 2010 4:54pm
Hi Friends!  Wow I feel like I have been in Turbo Mode ever since my Sunday began and it's carried over into today as well.  Three grocery stores, errands, and working out yesterday.  Today was a similarly busy dayMonday's are always my busiest email day of the week, too.  As I mentioned last week, most Monday's I have 200+ emails.  I'm glad I'm in demand.  The alternative wouldn't be as much of a timesuck  as exciting...haha!   Today Skylar and I got together with some friends and I'll get the pictures up for tomrrow's post.  It was great seeing them and we had a super time at the park!

Sunday morning I decided it was time to make some muffins.

The last muffins I blogged about were these Vegan Banana Nut Muffins (Gluten & Soy Free)
The Yummy, Gooey Inside of a Muffin.  Note I did not say the M word (Moist...eek! hate!)

Today's Muffins...
Please note the one bowl, no heavy mixing equipment, one spoon recipe.  I love saving on dishes and not dragging out power tools unless they are absolutely required!

Averie's Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Streusel Muffins with Protein Option
1 c oats (please see This Post on Oats towards the bottom of it, if you are curious about oats being GF and Certified GF Oats vs. Regular Oats)
1/2 c brown sugar (packed)
1/4 c white sugar (omit if you wish)

1 heaping Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
Dash Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp room-temperature Vegan Butter
1/2 to 3/4 c of water (batter should be thicker than pancake batter but not as thick as cookie dough)
Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 c raisins, other dried fruit, nuts, or seeds
Optional: 1 to 3 scoops of Protein Powder 

Yields 9 Smaller Muffins (3 bites each) or 6 larger Muffins

Stir Everything Together and let it sit for 5 minutes
batter should be thicker than pancake batter but not as thick as cookie dough

Add 1/2 cup of blueberries and fold in (I used frozen but use fresh if you want)
Optional: Use seasonal fruit such as strawberries, peaches, nectarines, apples, etc.  Or use a combination.   You can easily make Peach Streusel Muffins or whatever sounds good!

Fill muffin liners 

And I added 1 Tsp of Brown Sugar to the Top of Each Muffin for an Extra Streusel-ey Effect

Bake at 350F for 20-25 Minutes or Until Done

Here's 3 Bites of Goodness

Actually, of greatness, according to Scott.   Scott is not a Muffin Guy and he said these were the Best Muffins He's Ever Eaten.  Gluten-Free and Vegan just add an extra feather in my cap. 

These muffins almost need to be eaten with a fork.  There is no gluten and no egg so they are not the traditionally fluffy muffin-top type muffins.  You could of course add some gluten-containing flour and swap out for the oats I used if that's your thing. But for me, these are perfect! 

And if it's super hot where you are and you can't be bothered to turn on your oven at all, try my Raw Vegan Apple Crumble , which you can also sub-out apples, and sub-in any summer fruit from nectarines to blueberries to plums.

From Yesterday...
I'm glad you all enjoyed my Gay Pride Pictures !  It was such a great time.  Lots of  fun times!

And there was my Vegan Bananas Foster that I posted in for the Banana Split Challenge

Thanks for chiming in about Hypnosis , too.  Many of you told me you believe in hypnosis, even if you thought it may not personally work for you.

I mentioned that I had been hypnotized as part of a Past Life Regression Analysis I wanted to do.  I have always sensed that I had lived previous livesHowever, I don't think one necessarily has to be hypnotized to uncover these types of things.   Rather, if you are in tune with that part of your brain, and that side of your soul, and into that aura and vibe, I think you can uncover much of it on your own.  The hypnosis helped me dig deeper into it all though.  At a later date, I will blog more about it since many of you told me you were interested.  I just have to formulate my thoughts a bit better on it so I don't come off as too hokey and out there.  As they say, California is the land of Fruits and Nuts.

Dessert:  Go Make a Muffin!

Gym & Weights Workout Today From This Tab : Legs

And a personal trainer announcement!  I have been in contact with Lindsey from Lean Bodies Health and Fitness and she has volunteered to virtual train me for 30 days!  As I explained to Lindsey, I already am in great shape and I don't want or need to get leaner, I don't want to make changes to my diet because after a lifetime of food allergies and a quarter century of misery, pain, and horribly symptoms , I finally figured out what dietary path works for me, so we're not going to change that. 

Rather, Lindsey is going to help me incorporate some new and different training techniques or exercises to do in the gym.  She doesn't have it all fleshed out yet, but I am excited to get some new workout splits or ideas to try!  Whatever we end up doing together, I'll fill you all in on it.  Thanks to Lindsey from Lean Bodies Health and Fitness for this awesome opportunity! 

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1. Do you like muffins?  What's a favorite for you?   As an aside, I have never had a Vitatop, and never will on account of the non-vegan and Gluten-containing status.  But I see them everywhere in the 'sphere and still am wondering what the hype is about.  Do you have any favorite vegan and/or Gluten-Free muffin recipes?  Or other recipes you happen to love?

2. How many emails a day do you get?
Blog comments, blog emails, emails with vendors so I can host great give aways, and anything that has to do with the blog, I get about 100-125 per day.  Then I have my "real life" emails from bills to friends to ads and sale announcements from companies to yahoogroups I am a part of...that's another 25 to 50 per day.  So on a light day, I may get 125 emails, but on a heavier day it's closer to 200.  Insane, I tell you.  And it does overwhelm me when I wake up on Monday mornings and see the count of 89 in my inbox.  At 8am. 

3. Best Thing You Did or Ate Over the Weekend?
Me = Pride Parade with Scott and Skylar!
4. When you workout on your own, do you like to push yourself or do you take it easy on yourself?  If you had a trainer, how would you like them to be with you?  Drill Sergent with a Take No Prisoners attitude, or a Zen-like Yogi full of Bliss, or something in the middle?
I definitely push myself hard, hard, hard.  It's been a decade's worth of yoga in the making to realize that it's ok to not go balls out on every single workout.  That sometimes it's better and is honoring my body and my mental/emotional needs more to back off and not push myself so hard. 

Also rest days and respecting my body's need for rest are a constant work in progress for me, too.  I truly love working out, I love the feeling I get from working out, I love shaping and sculpting my body, I like working on new things in the gym or in yoga or when running and seeing what new thing I can do or accomplish.  But it's all about balance, isn't it.   As I tell my yoga students, finding the balance between strength and surrender, that's the Sweet Spot.  

 That said, for better or worse, most days I am a slave driver with myself.  And I want to be pushed and challenged by a trainer; respectfully of course.  Barking orders boot-camp style in my face and screaming at me is not cool at all and I would never respond well to that.  I am a Tough Love Girl, as I dished it out in my Abs Post about How to Get Great Abs , Tips, Tricks, FAQs, and more. 

Do You Like to Push Yourself or Be Pushed?  Do you feel like you need a trainer or someone else to push you because you can't quite get there on your own?
Dare I say I push myself harder than anyone can push me.  And I am also my own worst critic; more critical of myself than anyone could be of me.  I am tougher on myself than anyone else is.  Not a badge of honor, just the way I am.

Stay Tuned For Pictures from the Park...
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