Mocha Oatmeal Muffins

This weekend one of my best friends got married and I was blessed with being her Matron of Honor. Or MOH as I preferred being called. Matron just doesn’t sound “young and cool”. Not that I think of myself as “young and cool”, but you know, it would be nice to be thought of that way. Shortly before this, K and I went on our friend’s new boat and it was funny because there was a guy who was super interested in the boat and kept checking it out. Our friend said he hoped some 30-year old girls would do the same…and I had to laugh because we are now at the age when our friends should want 30-somethings to date, and it would be creepy to want a 20-year old. None of this seems to have much to do with food, but really it does. You see, as you get older you start to want things to be a bit healthy for you, but still have elements that make you feel slightly reckless. And here you have these Mocha Oatmeal Muffins.

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Carrot Cake Muffins

You might remember I mentioned making these muffins when I made the banana bread for my dad. For his birthday month, he received 2 unexpected treats. The very first time I made him a treat for his birthday, I was still in college and baking was challenging, but I liked it. I offered to make him anything he wanted. I even let him look at my (limited) collection of cookbooks for ideas. He asked for carrot cake. Of all the possible chocolate treats he could have asked for, he asked for a carrot cake.

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Simple Blueberry Muffins

These are supposedly fail-proof, easy, etc. I would say that they are on par with an average muffin recipe. Nothing too crazy, no weird ingredients (such as yogurt) that you might not have on hand. Just make sure you have some blueberries. This recipe was easier than other versions I have made before because it did not have something like yogurt to worry about, and it also did not have a streusel topping. I found this from Kim’s Kitchen (really inspirational blogger) and decided that it would be interesting to try. My dad was getting muffins for this month’s treat, and these sounded more like a basic breakfast muffin instead of a super sweet dessert. They are not as unhealthy as some muffins, but they are also not health food.

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Lemon Curd Donuts

I have a big thanks to Nicole at Baking Bites for coming up with such yummy recipes! I had picked up some Meyer lemons when my husband noticed they were on sale. I had heard of them before, but never used them. I am so glad I finally did! The weather is beautiful in Seattle right now, and I wanted something lemony to echo the sunshine.

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For these “donuts”, you bake the batter so they are kind of like muffins, but super fluffy. Almost like a lemon poundcake. I liked that she has plain and lemon varieties to choose from. I went full on lemon today, with lemon donuts that are filled with her lemon curd.

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These muffins!

 

These muffins caused me such trouble and I am not even sure why.

They’re simple enough . . .

Get your materials and recipe ready . . .

Mix yogurt and egg together along with almond extract/OJ

 

Mix flour/sugar/etc. with the wet ingredients before adding in toppings…

 

Cranberries in one kind, jam in the other . . . wait a second . . .

 

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