Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jammin' Oat Muffins and MEGA Omega Granola.

I am feeling so lucky! I've been receiving such SWEET comments and really feeling the love lately. I'm feeling super blessed and positive! It's like the universe is finding ways to deliver messages to me, confirming and saying YES to what I'm doing and the path I'm on. Thank you sweet Universe! And thank YOU!

Yesterday I was saying that I was going to try and get out more since I had such a good time at my friend's house the other night. Today I went out to the Sebastopol Farmer's Market and saw some sweet faces I know. I ate some Indian food and bought some kale, spinach, raw almonds, raw walnuts and some delicious goat cheese. (Sorry, I didn't take photos!) Tonight I'm going out to see some Bluegrass music! Elephant Revival. I've never seen them before, but from what I heard on their website, they sound amazing! So, I'm stoked to check them out and to see some friends.

I'm also stoked because I made some things today and I have a couple recipes to share with you!

Jammin' Oat Muffins (hehe)

Makes 6 small muffins.

  • 1 cup Pamela's Baking Mix
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • Bilberry Jam (or any jam of your choosing!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl mix together the flax egg, vanilla extract, water and brown rice syrup. Pour in your oats and Pam's Baking mix. Stir until combined. Lightly oil a muffin tin or use muffin tin liners. Fill them up about 1/2 way. Put a dollop of jam on top of the batter. Then pour the remaining batter on top of each muffin, concealing the jam within. Bake for about 15 minutes. 

I've never made these before but they turned out really good. They were Woody's request. :-) He kept asking me to make some jam filled muffins, so I had to make them. Anything for my love! 

I also made the best granola I've ever had! I'm so pleased with the way this turned out. 

Mega Omega Granola!

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free crispy brown rice cereal 
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut 
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then, in a sauce pan over low heat, melt your coconut oil and almond butter. Add the brown rice syrup, vanilla extract and coconut extract. Pour your liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Then either oil a cookie sheet or lay a sheet of waxed paper down over a cookie sheet. Spread the granola out on the sheet and place in the oven. I planned on baking this for 30 minutes, but I checked on it after only ten minutes and it was already crispy enough for my liking so I took it out. And man oh man, is it awesome! It is so nutty and hearty and crunchy and sweet and delicious! And the brown rice syrup made it clump together so nicely. It is truly delicious and awesome. I hope you try it!

Ok, I totally love you but I have to go! I'm going to go boogie down to some bluegrass! Much love <3


Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh said...

OOOOOH YUM! I actually have been wanting to make granola, so I think this would be the perfect one to make!! :)
Hope you had fun tonight!

Namaste gurl said...

These look UHmazing. Way to go friend- another bites the dust! I still don't know what to use in place of "pam's baking mix". You need to help me out with that one :)

Alaina Rose said...

You could use any gluten-free flour mix or any type of flour for that matter. But then it might get tricky, because Pamela's Mix has salt, baking soda and baking powder in it already. So if you use another type of flour, you'll have to figure out how much salt, baking soda and baking powder you want to add. Could be fun to experiment though! You should be able to find Pamela's Mixes at Whole Foods.

Megan D said...

I'm pretty sure I love your blog more and more every day. I'm not sure which I want to eat more, the muffins or the granola! I bet those muffins would be DIVINE topped with almond butter...!

Andrea said...

Going to see some Bluegrass music sounds like a good time, hope you had fun! BTW, thank you for introducing me/all your other readers to MaMuse! After watching and listening to them on here, I found more of their music and really enjoy them!

Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit said...

Don't you just love when the universe signals that you're on the right path? I recently made a huge shift in my life and as soon as I'd taken that leap, doors opened up for me left, right, and center. It's like the universe had been holding everything on for me until I'd made my decision. You are seriously the queen of muffins! I tried your maple coconut streusel muffins and they turned out okay - I knew you'd said that they were a bit dry, so I tried to add more liquid, but then they didn't cook right. I HATE making muffins. They never turn out. I have today off so I plan on switching things up a bit and nailing the recipe!

Sonia said...

Hi- I just found your blog! I just love your About page- your attitude towards life is fabulous! And you are gorgeous :)
The muffins look so good! If I don't have that baking mix, what should I use instead? said...

Alaina, I am not a jam fan (too sweet) but those muffins look damn good and slightly underbaked on top (gotta love it!). I will try them with another kind of filling :) Your granola also looks like heaven. Woody is one hell of a lucky guy!!! My boy also always asks me to bake him goodies, ha ha ;) We can't blaim them, can we? We must be THE baking queens.
Love, Maria

Alaina Rose said...

Megan, that's a great idea! I'm going to have to try topping the muffins with some almond butter. I bet it will be delicious :-)

Alaina Rose said...

Andrea, I'm so happy you like MaMuse! Aren't they so beautiful and amazing? They sing like angels!

Alaina Rose said...

Leanne, Yes! I loved your comment, And I'm happy you made the muffins. I posted the recipe knowing that it wasn't perfect. That's awesome that you are into experimenting and trying to make it right! Keep me posted on the progress! Maybe try adding a bit more of another kind of flour and less of the coconut flour? I totally have been on a muffin kick lately. I guess I am the muffin queen! :-)

Alaina Rose said...

Sonia, thank you! If you don't have Pamela's Baking Mix, you can use any type of flour. But, Pamela's already has salt, baking soda and baking powder in the mix, so if you use another flour you'll have to do some experimenting and figure out how much salt, baking soda and baking powder you need to add. Sorry! I wish I had a better answer for you! I really love Pamela's Mix because it's gluten-free and I've been experimenting with a gluten-free diet to see how it makes me feel. And Pamela's mix always works well for me and tastes great. But, let me know if you use some other flour for the recipe! :-)

Alaina Rose said...

Maria, haha, yes Woody is a lucky guy! But I'm a lucky girl too. Your guy is lucky that you bake for him too. You could try filling the muffins with some kind of nut butter!

Ashley said...

Yumo! I would love a bite right now :)

Jess@HealthyExposures said...

These look amazing. I'd made jam-filled muffins a while back and they were a favorite! I mean, I nearly always smear jam on them anyway...might as well kill two birds with one stone, right?! The granola has my mouth watering, too. Basically, Woody is hella lucky and you can come back for me anytime ;)

Anonymous said...

.....just got turned onto your BLOG.....super inspiring...I, too, am a yummy health food foodie......made the omega granola today but instead of baking it at 350', I left the oven on "warm" and slow cooked the granola in order to preserve the EFA oils in the coconut, chia, and flax, which are heat sensitive (212 degrees is max safe temp before oils are destroyed, so I have been told)...turned out super yummy but took a bit longer (I took it out after and hour and a half) time will try the dehydrator....appreciating your blog and your creativity..
<3, Katja

Alaina Rose said...

Awww thank you! I'm so happy you found my blog. Good call on the granola and preserving the EFA oils. I hadn't really thought of that. Thank you. I need to get a dehydrator so bad! I know I would use it a lot. Let me know how the granola turns out if you do end up making it in your dehydrator! <3

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