Chocolate Avocado Muffins!

I got a wonderful recipe from a friend, who makes Banana Oatmeal muffins frequently.   They sound wonderful but I cannot eat bananas.  Also, the recipe includes Greek yogurt and I am lactose intolerant and cannot eat any dairy.  But the muffins sound good and, while I am not gluten-free (I already can’t eat everything else, please leave me my gluten!), I do like to eat oats because they are good for my cholesterol.  So, I set out to adapt this recipe for my own allergies.  The original recipe that I got from my friend is:

2 cups rolled oats, 2 ripe bananas, 1 cup Greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Scoop into a muffin tin.  Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Cool.

Since I have replaced bananas with avocado in a smoothie before, and I have baked a chocolate cake with avocado before, I decided to replace the two bananas with one large avocado.  Since the avocado has fat in it, I don’t need to add the fat from the yogurt but do need to replace the liquid.  I decided to use applesauce.  Since the batter turned out a really disgusting green color, I decided to add 1/4 cup cocoa to make the muffins chocolatey and cover up the green color.  This adds some bitterness so I added an extra Tbsp. of honey.  You could add more if you want sweeter muffins.  Also, the texture was not great, so next time I will grind the oats into flour before adding the rest of the ingredients.  This is my final recipe:

2 cups rolled oats, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 large avocado, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 2 eggs, 3 T honey, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.  Grease muffin tin.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and enjoy.

 

Breakfast

I am not a huge fan of breakfast.  I know that it is supposed to be the “most important meal of the day” but I think that is a myth perpetrated by a bacon company back in the 1930s or something.  I just don’t feel hungry until about three or four hours after I get up.  (Don’t get between me and my coffee, however!)  But, I like most breakfast food and most of it is on my list of safe foods!  Today I am having oatmeal.  It’s 8am and Snickers got me up at 5 so now I’m hungry and looking forward a great day of laundry and Lego sorting!   I really enjoy steel cut oats but I have found a couple of brands of instant oats that work really well for busy days.  I like to add some fruit to my oats and really love apples.  Freeze-dried apples (Mother Earth Products makes the best in my opinion) are a great addition and mean I don’t need to add any sugar.  Mother Earth Products have great customer service (they don’t pay me or anything but I was kind of rude to a customer service person once so I like to give them a shout out when I can!) and they don’t add anything to their products.  About 2 Tablespoons of freeze dried apples and an equal amount of additional boiling water added to the oatmeal makes it a good consistency.  And I feel better because I am getting some fruit with my breakfast carbs!

Just Start, Already!

I’ve been telling myself that I need to start this thing for months.  I keep trying to figure out what to say, how to say it, whether or not it’s going to be a vlog or a blog or just a journal!  The other day, I got frustrated with a friend who keeps putting off starting a project that she needs to begin in order to make her life better.  Then I realized that I am no better because I just keep putting this off.  So, I am going to just start already!

I love to cook.  I love food.  However, I am allergic to, or sensitive to, a lot of food.  I can’t eat so many things.  And this is all new to me.  Until two years ago, I could eat almost anything.  Now, I react to almost everything.  But, I can cook.  Which means that I can learn to feed myself within the limits of my allergies and sensitivities.  So, I’m going to start here.  We’ll see what happens.