Muffin Madness

January 31, 2009

“Do you like braaaaan muffins?”


I woke up a little dehydrated and blah-ish from last night’s dinner. But I did 40 minutes of yoga (!!) and felt so much better from head to toe. I did YogaDownload’s Power Yoga #2, which was the first one of theirs I did not like that much. It was kind of slow and I wasn’t crazy about the instructor. I followed that with 20 minutes of Gentle Hatha II, one of my favorite stretching sessions. Soon I am going to download a 45 minute class, but I want to be sure I pick the right one! Hopefully they’ll do another 50% off week soon :)

The poor baker had to work at 3:15 this morning to make sweets!!! He was finished by 7 though, and when he came home and got back in bed, I got up. I ventured downstairs to find a Carrot, Raisin, Walnut Muffin waiting for me freshly baked just an hour earlier! I wish I’d gotten a pretty photo of it, but I was too excited to turn it into an oatmeal topping (I considered eating more of it with a smoothie, but smoothies = coldness).

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The mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats, vanilla soy milk, water, half medium ripe banana, pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 chopped dried figs
  • ~1/4 bakery sized muffin, crumbled
  • ~1 tbsp Smucker’s Natural

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Check out the coffee froth from French press!!! It happens when I pour the hot water on the grounds. Check this site for the perfect procedure, which I’ve been following to a T and it works perfectly: Stumptown Coffee Brewing Guide.

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Not sure of today’s plans. We’ve got sunshine!! I want to spend time with the husband. We might go to Costco or out biking. Tonight we’re getting together with a bunch of friends for pizza and a movie!!

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1 melissa (fitnessnyc) January 31, 2009 at 10:41 am

Thanks so much for the french press guide. I got one for christmas and it is still in the box! I am planning on making some whole wheat foccocia this weekend, so I will definitely be reviewing Matt’s guides for tips!


2 sarah January 31, 2009 at 10:45 am

okay, first of all — your muffins look AMaAAAAAAZING. second, muffinfilms! omg! i loved that when a friend showed it to me back in the day. such unabashed cuteness.


3 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) January 31, 2009 at 10:46 am

That french press guide is great!I have a little tiny one that I may have to whip out in the near future.

Yummy muffin…I had figs in my oats this morning too =)


4 VeggieGirl January 31, 2009 at 10:47 am

I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT MUFFINFILMS.COM!!! I always loved the film about the muffin tree 😀

Happy Saturday!!


5 zestycook January 31, 2009 at 10:49 am

those muffins!!! WOW.


6 Marisa (trim the fat) January 31, 2009 at 10:50 am

sounds like you have a nice relaxing day on tap!

Yummy oats – that muffin sounds amazing!

Love your array of placemats!! How many sets do you have??


7 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 31, 2009 at 10:52 am

I believe Stumptown is from Portland–YAY!!!!


8 Sharon January 31, 2009 at 10:54 am

Wow, that is one awesome bowl!


9 Michelle January 31, 2009 at 10:55 am

I am and probably will be forever impressed with all your beautiful pictures! What a fabulous husband you have…all your muffins and baked goods are getting me inspired to bake something this weekend. :) THANKS so much for all your postings even though you’re too much of a celebrity to respond!! hehe (and i don’t mean that with any sarcasm. REALLY)

Have a fabulous weekend!!


10 Betsy in Pittsburgh January 31, 2009 at 11:04 am

Never heard of muffinfilms – a little weird! But I think carrot/bran muffins are my absolutely favorite. I’ve been eating spicy carrot muffins all week. Yum.


11 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 31, 2009 at 11:08 am

I’m loving your frothy mugs of morning coffee. Mmmm, muffin on oats. How thoughtful of the Husband to bring you warm baked goods. He is a good man!


12 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 31, 2009 at 11:21 am

YUM!!! Muffin and oats!?


13 SmA033 January 31, 2009 at 11:21 am

hey kath– i JUST got Barney Butter for the first time!! I had to open it & try the min it came and it is AWESOME! can’t wait to have it w/my morning oats! …btw, i’ve recently gotten into yoga too. when i first tried it, i didn’t like it so much– probably b/c i jumped into Power Yoga on my first try! But, i tried following your method and did a few weeks w/Gentle Hatha #1 and i’ve worked my way to do Gentle Hatha #2– i’m amazed at how much my flexibility has improved! it makes me feel so much better to do it after a hardcore workout. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

i’m planning on making a trip to Great Harvest next week so maybe i might see your husband there!


14 Diana January 31, 2009 at 11:22 am

glad you’re back with pics! :o)


15 Sara January 31, 2009 at 11:23 am

That muffin sounds great and looks so good on your oats!


16 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 31, 2009 at 11:29 am

hey KATH! are we going to be able to see pics from last night? i sure hope so :-)


17 Laura January 31, 2009 at 11:29 am

You’re going to make me want a french press again! I love the idea of putting muffins in oatmeal!


18 Lindsay January 31, 2009 at 11:32 am

Stumptown! Yay my hometown crack….er coffee of choice. Their coffee is the best I have ever had, and I always make it in the french press. So worth those extra few minutes in the morning


19 Mauree January 31, 2009 at 11:39 am

Oh my gosh, that site is hilarious! I’d never heard of it before. Awesome muffiny oats!


20 marie January 31, 2009 at 11:54 am

what a gorgeous cuppa joe! do you add milk to your coffee?


21 emmy January 31, 2009 at 12:11 pm

breakfast looks good and dinner last night looks even better! Hope tonight is just as fun!


22 Ally January 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Doesn’t great harvest have nutrition information online? I looked it up and found most of the bread info but not these particular muffins. I bet it’s similar to some of the other ones they make though.
Hope you have a wonderful day!


23 K January 31, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Yummy – warm, bakery muffins! Amazing :)

Have fun today! Hope you survive Costco (ours is ALWAYS packed!!)


24 jennifer January 31, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I’m glad you’re having a chill day with the hubby. I’m doing the same!!!


25 Lynna January 31, 2009 at 1:03 pm

that’s so funny, I just bought a bag of carrots at the store yesterday because I thought I would experiment with baking carrot muffins. But carrot raisin walnut sounds even better!

Speaking of, I just made the “Oatmeal, Flax and Walnut Bread” that your husband posted on the site. I’ve really been enjoying it, so tell him thanks for the recipe.

Check out my post about making it here if you’re interested:


26 Meg January 31, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Yeah for sunshine! Oatmeal topped with crumbled muffin…definitely fantastic!


27 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday January 31, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Beautiful bowl of oats!!

Looks like last night was a good time!!

Happy Saturday!


28 Jen January 31, 2009 at 1:32 pm

WOW I am loving the muffin n oats mix!!!! :) :)

Sounds like the perfect start to a saturday, SUN and YOGA!! :)


29 Shelby January 31, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I agree, smoothies just don’t work for me in the winter…which is a shame because I LOVE green smoothies!


30 Kori January 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Kath- any chance the Husband could share the recipe for the Morning Glory muffins? The cafe at my old gym use to make something similar and I have never found a recipe that could compare to the tastiness! Have a nice weekend!


31 brandi January 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Mmm…i love baked goods on oatmeal :)

have fun with the hubby today!


32 theoddbod January 31, 2009 at 3:06 pm

so nice to have the crunchiness of the muffins or anything else in the oatmeal, bravo!


33 Liz January 31, 2009 at 4:26 pm

That oatmeal with the muffin crumbled on top looks amazing!

Your recent interest in yoga actually re-ignited my interest. I used to do it a lot, but have gotten away from it for the last few years. But just this week I started back.


34 Sarah January 31, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Kath, I’m in love with your current morning cups of coffee. They look so cozy, comforting and perfect.

Question: Do you add milk/cream to your cup? I’d be afraid to mess up the frothiness by adding it in later. Or I’d end up putting too much which always cools the cup down too fast.

TIPS or suggestions? :)


35 Hil January 31, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Great French press guide…thanks!


36 Kath January 31, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Marisa (trim the fat),
Maybe 7 sets of 2??

Michelle ,
What do you mean “too much of a celebrity to respond!!” I write back to almost all the questions :)

SmA033 ,
Glad you like BB!! We were just in Great Harvest this afternoon :)

marie + Sarah ,
Yes, I do add milk (1% usually) and heat it in my mug and pour the coffee on top. See the FAQ page, blog question #8.

Ally ,
yes, they are probably similar. Most of their muffins are made with whole wheat flour, canola oil and all kinds of healthy ingredients, so while they are a large portion, they are very wholesome.

Lynna ,
Awesome you liked the bread!!

Kori ,
Sorry, all the Great Harvest recipes are top secret :(



37 Laura January 31, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Hi Kath,
I always enjoy seeing what toppings you put on your oatmeal (I tend to be boring with my porridge and have the same thing every morning – 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk, 1/4 cup water, 2 handfuls of raisins, sultanas and pumpkin seeds, and a sprinkling of dried apple and blackcurrent flakes), but I was wondering – and I hope you don’t take this as rude, because it can drive me nuts sometimes when people question what I’m eating – why you usually have 1/3 cup oats rather than 1/2 cup? I’ve always just gone by the recommended serving on the back of the packet, which I understand is around 150 calories. Is it to cut a few calories that you have less or do you just find it too filling?


38 Kath January 31, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Laura ,
Both. I got accustomed to adding 2-4 tbsp of wheatberries to my oats, which made me reduce to 1/3 a cup. And pumpkin as well – they both make them too filling with 1/2 a cup. But sometimes I don’t add those two and just stick to 1/3 a cup because I’m not as hungry as usual. It’ just depends! Sometimes I do add 1/2 a cup!



39 HangryPants February 1, 2009 at 12:39 am

Yes, I love bran muffins and all other muffins. Are you offering to send me some? 😀


40 elizabeth February 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm

oh my goodness, I had entirely forgotten about Muffin Films. That was an entertaining re-visit just now. I especially like The Muffin Tree (“for trees do not talk!”) Since my blog has a muffin-y name itself, I may have to post this fountain of crumbly creativity myself soon. Thanks for the reminder, Kath!!


41 Emily August 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

I’m going back and looking at the evolution of your food photography. I am really curious how you improved your photography skills in less than 6 months. I’m assuming part of it is you got a new camera-though maybe not. I’m sure you’ve shared, but what was the first camera you started with, and at this point were you still using it, or did you purchase a new one/new lens?


42 KathEats August 28, 2011 at 10:45 am

Well this post is from way older than 6 months – nearly 3 years! I have a Canon DSLR now, and I shoot on a tripod with a 35 mm prime lens. That helps a lot. I also edit my photos in Lightroom which really helps to take them from flat camera image back to real life.



43 Emily August 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

Wow thanks for the immediate reply! Oops, I just meant your photography skills quickly evolved in about your first 6 months of having a blog-your first few months of blogging until when this was posted, the photos improved significantly. Sounds like both that camera and lightroom are really the way to go with these kinds of photos…plus tons and tons of practice. Thanks!!


44 KathEats August 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

I started blogging in August 2007, so this was a little more than 6 months, but really, practice does make perfect!


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