26 January 2018

quick and easy blueberry sunshine muffins

Something I've discovered over the last six months is that I LOVE using my essential oils in the kitchen. Part of that might be because I don't actually have to plan ahead and have ingredients on hand - I mean, let's be real. It's so easy to bump the flavor up in your favorite dishes with so many amazing options. Like these blueberry muffins! If I wanted the same amount of orange flavor that I get from four drops of my orange vitality oil, I would have to zest two oranges. Which is fine if I have oranges, but I didn't this morning. So I whipped out my little bottle of sunshine and bam! Done.
I've been challenging myself to get out of the cereal rut with my kids - something a little more filling and nutritious to start their days off right. Bonus if it's warm and cozy, too. And this recipe fits the bill!
These are my Blueberry Sunshine Muffins and they are delicious! They're also easy to whip up, which is awesome (because complicated isn't my thing), and perfect if you have little helpers. The addition of Cinnamon Bark Vitality is not only tasty, it helps even out blood sugar levels, so that there isn't that dreaded midmorning crash - your kids will make it all the way to snack time 😉
Here we go!
Blueberry Sunshine Muffins
serves 12
one cup rolled oats
one cup 2% milk
one tablespoon apple cider vinegar
one cup all purpose or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
4 drops Orange Vitality 
1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality
1/4 cup avocado or coconut oil
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Either line a muffin tin with paper liners, or spray with cooking spray. (Trader Joe's has coconut oil spray and it's my favorite.)
Put the vinegar into your one cup measuring cup and fill the rest of the with milk (you're essentially making buttermilk), then add in a cup of oats and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Add the beaten egg, your vitality oils, and the oil to the milk/oat mixture and whisk gently. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until all the ingredients are mixed. Gently fold in the blueberries.
Pour evenly between your twelve muffins tins and bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean. Voila! A sunshiney, comforting, mostly healthy way to start your day!
And if you're into nutrition info, each muffin has about 150 calories, 6g of fat, and 3g of protein.

*if you don't have vitality oils yet, never fear! sub the zest from two oranges and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

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