Breakfast/ Lunch

Muffin Mania

Happy Friday!

I took a break from the gym this morning to just relax a bit. I had breakfast, sat on the couch while enjoying my coffee, played with Dexter…I hate rushing in the morning! For breakfast this morning I made a smoothie using 1 cup soy milk, 1 banana, 2 tbsp flax and some frozen peaches and blackberries. I also ate two muffins on the side. I started with just one then I kept picking at them so I decided to just have another. I probably could even go for a third (I’m not that full?) but I stopped myself. Smoothies are weird. Sometimes they really really fill me up and then sometimes they don’t…even when I use the same mix of ingredients. Strange.

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I’m excited to have leftover soup for lunch today! This soup was soooo delicious, creamy and filling. I need to make it again soon! With my soup I’m packing a slice of homemade whole wheat bread with hummus, some fresh cut melon and, for later, a brown rice cake with almond butter and raspberry jam.

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I was pleasantly surprised to get out of school not at midnight last night, but actually fifteen minutes early! We finished off our petit eclairs, made battenburg torte (almond cake that is two-toned pink and yellow, sandwiched together with apricot jam and rolled in marzipan) and made our doughs for tonight’s practical. Tonight I’m making more icebox cookies, madelines and almond macaroons. We are also starting the jaconde sponge cake for our Opera Torte (sponge cake with layers of ganache, opera syrup and coffee french buttercream…very classical and rich).

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28 Comments

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    Becca A
    April 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Your eclairs definitely turned out better than mine! And the battenburg tortes look so pretty! Have a good day at work!

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    beth
    April 18, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Yummmmmm! Eclairs!

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    babycakes
    April 18, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    your food looks delicious this morning! I absolutely LOVE home-made smoothies – so healthy and refreshing!

    Glad you got out of class earlier last night. As always everything you baked looks beautiful. Good luck on your practical tonight. I’m sure you’ll ace it!

    Have a great Friday! 🙂

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    hk
    April 18, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I love these muffins, too! I just made them and can’t get enough!! You’re so right, puting them in the fridge makes them even better. I toasted mine in the oven last night for just 10 minutes and spread some apple butter on top, FAB!!

    have a good day, glad you were able to relax a bit this morning!

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    erica
    April 18, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I NEED to make those muffins, they look amazing! Did you add the walnuts to them?

    And your smoothie looks perfect, so creamy! Happy Friday jenna, enjoy your day!

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    Mel H
    April 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Your smoothie looks yumm!! Do you find a smoothie fills you up as much as oatmeal would? thanks!! Have a great great friday!

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    Nat
    April 18, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Good morning!

    What do you bake your muffins in, and do you use any type of spray to line the muffin holder?

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    Romina
    April 18, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Aww those petit eclairs are so cute! Happy Friday!

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    Nadia
    April 18, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    so i tried one of the larabars for a snack yesterday (the chocolate pecan one) and they filled me up sooo much. I’ve never been so full from a snack before…I usually have a yogurt with granola or a luna bar for a snack mid-day. Does anyone get really really full from them? I was a bit uncomfortable and needed to take a walk lol I didn’t care for the taste that much at all so don’t think I will be buying it again esp. because my stomach felt so weighed down from that one bar. strange.

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    jenna
    April 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Nat,

    I spray the muffin tin with a high-heat canola spray so they won’t stick. It works very well!

    Mel H,

    I do find that smoothies fill me up when I combine them with other foods like whole grains. I couldn’t just have a smoothie in the morning because my body craves carbs! I’ll have a smoothie with a muffin, some toast, an english muffin….and then it usually fills me up pretty well. Just a smoothie made with fruit goes straight through me though!

    Erica,

    Yep—there are def. walnuts in there!

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    bikergurl
    April 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Yum, that soup looks really good! I’m in a soup mood today.

    Those petit eclairs and battenburg torte look really amazing too!

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    becky
    April 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Jenna,

    Made the carrot cake cupcakes last week and couldn’t stay out of them! Can’t wait to try these apple ones. Yum.

    Question: How do you get things like bread w/ hummus and a rice cake with almond butter to stay neat and intact when you pack it? My long workday and commute means I pack everything I eat all day long except dinner. Open faced things or PB on fruit always seem to totally fall apart by the time I get to them! I always have to fold the bread or pack the hummus/PB separately, which is a big pain.

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    scott
    April 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I love that it’s smoothie time here in Boston! The weather is getting nice which means smoothies for breakfast and dinner on the patio!

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    Clarissa
    April 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Jenna! Question- do you find that a smoothie plus whole grains is more filling than your oatmeal breakfast?

    Also, do you make your smoothie in a blender w/ frozen fruit? It looks so pretty!!

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    VeggieGirl
    April 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Jenna, I have a FABULOUS smoothie concoction that I’ve been drinking all week, and it keeps me full for 5 hours, on its own!! If you’re interested, I’d be happy to share it :0)

    So glad that you got out of class fifteen minutes early! And the petit eclairs and battenburg torte are so delicate and delicious-looking!

    Best of luck with tonight’s practical!!! :0)

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    Ashley H
    April 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Jenna, I was going to make those super charge me cookies tomorrow and I was wondering if could use white whole wheat flour instead of spelt flour and if it would make a difference if I left out the coconut? (if I leave out the coconut should I add something else?)
    Thanks I am really looking forward to having Cookies! as a healthy snack! finally right! 😉

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    Danielle
    April 18, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    You really amaze me everyday with your baking 🙂 you are so lucky to have something you love so much and be able to do it. I really admire your commitment and dedication (in general, but also in the sense of the blog). Hope you have a wonderful Friday, there’s supposed to be beautiful weather seemingly everywhere!

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    Danielle
    April 18, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    You really amaze me everyday with your baking 🙂 you are so lucky to have something you love so much and be able to do it. I really admire your commitment and dedication (in general, but also in the sense of the blog). Hope you have a wonderful Friday, there’s supposed to be beautiful weather seemingly everywhere!

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    SDF
    April 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Veggiegirl-I would love to hear your smoothie concoction! I LOVE smoothies but they never keep me full for longer than an hour or two. Whatever you’re putting yours to keep yourself full for 5 hours I have to know

    Jenna-you’re baking looks delicious (as per usual)! I don’t know how you don’t devour every single morsel of what you’ve made.

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    ibex hk
    April 18, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    me too veggie girl 🙂

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    babycakes
    April 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    VeggieGirl, as a fellow smoothie-loving vegan, I would love to see your recipe! If you wouldn’t mind posting it that would be great! I currently make a smoothie nearly everyday from various organic berries and flax and/or hemp, but I’m always searching for new recipes. We have the same food philosophy so I would love to try your recipe. Thanks so much! 🙂

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    babycakes
    April 18, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    PS veggiegirl – I am also very eager to try the hazelnut butter you’re always raving about. Could you tell me the brand? I love my raw almond butter but after reading your rave reviews all the time, I’d love to try hazelnut! Thanks so much! 🙂

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    Betsy
    April 18, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    man-your pastries always look so amazing!!! i have such a sweet tooth that’s it’s hard to not run out and buy something sweet after seeing your pics!!

    happy friday!

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    VeggieGirl
    April 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Here’s my smoothie combination! :0)

    VeggieGirl’s Satiating Breakfast Smoothie Deluxe

    – 1 cup hempmilk

    – 1 banana (fresh, not frozen)

    – 1 cup blackberries

    – 2 Tablespoons strawberry-almond butter (yes, strawberry-almond butter, the greatest invention ever – I buy it here; and it’s also where I buy my hazelnut-butter!):

    http://futtersnutbutters.com/flavored_nutbutters.html ).

    Blend all ingredients until smooth (I blend it twice, to thoroughly grind the blackberry seeds). Enjoy!

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    Nikki
    April 18, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Jenna! I’ve been lurking on your blog for a bit and finally decided to comment. I admire how commited you are to eating healthy and I love the goodies you bake! Your blog is awesome 😀

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    babycakes
    April 18, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks so much VeggieGirl! The smoothies that I make almost daily are quite similar to your recipe – which sounds wonderful! I am also quite familiar with futtersnutbutters, so I will definitely order the hazelnut! Can’t wait to try both the smoothie and the nut butter! Thanks again 🙂

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    Serena
    April 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    VeggieGirl, those nut butters sound so good! Thanks for sharing that link!

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    jenna
    April 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    becky,

    It does get really messy. the hummus more-so…I find that the tin foil I wrap an open faced almond butter sandwich in repels the almond butter actually though so it doesn’t stick on the foil!

    clarissa,

    They both fill me up the same I think…but only when I combine a smoothie with some sort of whole grain. The soy milk blends up right with the frozen fruit to make a creamy, tasty treat! Frozen bananas are the best!

    Ashley H.,

    I really am not sure about this one……I think you would just have to play around with the proportions because I’m not 100% sure on the exchange rate. Regarding coconut, you could def. leave this out without a problem!

    VeggieGirl,

    That sounds absolutely delicious!! I need to buy more hempmilk!!!!

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