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low-fat wholewheat oat apricot muffins

30 Aug

yesterday i was grabbed by the urge to bake something.  i was also craving apricots for the longest time. so i put the two together. 2 birds one stone thing, you know?

i scoured my fridge for possible ingredients (i like to freestyle when i cook or bake, twist some recipes and personalize them), and found i still had some buttermilk, from when i made red velvet cupcakes for a friend’s birthday party.
so i googled “wholewheat buttermilk apricot muffins”, and was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of recipes and combinations out there. i opened the first 15, and decided to come up with my own.

now, i haven’t tried them yet (i forgot them at home- brain wasn’t awake yet), but i gave a few to my friends who were travelling today, and they told me the muffins were delicious!
i tweaked the recipes i found by using wholewheat and oats instead of regular “white” flour, and brown sugar instead of white. i also added a couple of spoons of apricot jam to the batter, to intensify the flavor.

– 1 cup chopped dried apricots                                        – 1/4 cup melted light butter
– 1 cup boiling water                                                             – 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 1,5 cups wholewheat flour                                              – 1 cup buttermilk
– 1/2 cup oats                                                                          – 1 egg
– 3/4 cup brown sugar                                                         – 2 tbsp apricot jam
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 packet vanilla sugar (1,5 tsp)
– dash of salt

– preheat the oven to 190°C (about 400°F) and line muffin tray with paper cups.
– chop apricots and place in a bowl. pour the boiling water on them and let stand for 5 minutes.
– in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking soda and vanilla sugar.
– in a separate bowl mix the butter, oil, buttermilk and egg.
– slowly add the wet bowl to the dry ingredients, but dont overstir. add the jam and keep stirring.
– drain the apricots and add to the batter, make sure that they are evenly spread.
– fill the muffin cups and bake for about 17-20 minutes. test with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, they’re done.
– cool the muffins before removing them from the tray.

healthy, low-fat fruity muffins- enjoy!


*sunshine award nomination*

15 May

holy moly!
was my reaction today, when i saw that the lovely julia from my fashionable day nominated me for the *sunshine award* !

this is my first nomination ever since i’ve started blogging in december, and i’m so honored and happy!

i know the work outfit posts are long overdue, but i’m just so excited, i have to do this one first!

these are the steps to follow:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post on your blog
  • Answer 1o questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you

step 1:

sunshine award logo

the 10 personal questions are:

1. Favorite Color? (all shades of) pink, mint and black.

2. Favorite hobbies or activitiesfashion, movies, shows, reading, hanging out with friends, writing, horsebackriding and basketball.

3. What kind of pet do I have/favorite animal? i have 3 adorable cats, and my favorite animals are cats, dogs and horses (the list goes on, but these are top 3).

4. Why do I  love fashion? because fashion is a form of self expression, of beauty, creativity and freedom- what’s not to love?

5. Favorite drink? water, grape juice, tea, milk and bubble tea. mojito, gin n tonic, asti and red wine are my favorite alcoholic drinks.

6. Favorite food? salad, pizza, steak, egyptian food, sandwiches (including burgers).

7. Favorite number? 4

8. Favorite pattern? leopard (in all colors), aztec and lace.

9. Facebook or twitter? both, but facebook is my favorite.

10. Favorite cupcake flavor? red velvet, vanilla and my awesome cocoa-white chocolate chip-raspberry.

the bloggers i nominate for the sunshine award are:

love and a six-foot leash

kitties + couture

chocolate and raspberries

into mind

julia’s styleutopia

hungry hinny

don’t ask me to smile

sally’s baking addiction

out damn swatch

the modern man

all these blogs are amazing in their own way. some are purely fashion, some strictly baking, others are about animals, many are a vivid mix- but one thing is for certain- they all are a beautiful, inspirational, informative and entertaining read!

thank you again julia for this great opportunity and honor!

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