the jam plan

the jam plan--Journey for JessiThis has been me.  Not kidding.  Just ask my roommates.  When I get stressed or sad or depressed, I bake–I bake a lot.  But with all of that baking comes recipes, and a lot of them.  So this is beneficial for both you and I.  The recipe I am posting here is for Orange Blueberry Oat Muffins–yum right?  You can also substitute cranberries for the blueberries for more of a winter take on this recipe.  That is what I did for my secret santa in Nutrition Club.  I subbed cranberries for blueberries and made the muffins into a loaf. Before I get too ahead of myself, I best explain myself in why I am currently like Monica Gellar and her “jam plan.”

I’m going into business people. I’m sick and tired of being depressed about Richard. I needed a plan, a plan to get over my man. What’s the opposite of man? Jam.”

~Monica

Nothing heals a broken heart like friends, friends, and baking.  It is the absolute best and gets me back on my feet.  Almost a year ago when my last heartbreak occurred after New Year’s, I was in a baking frenzy!  Cookies, cupcakes, bars, treats, and sweets galore!  Granted, I did go a little overboard, but it was a really difficult time and a really difficult break up that I would rather not relive.  This may all seem silly, but it is how my heart has learned to repair itself by baking for others.  I like to make people happy and my baking seems to do just that.  With that said, I cannot wait to share more recipes with you all, starting with my Orange Blueberry Oat Muffins!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup oat (rolled)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (or fresh cranberries)
  • orange zest (from one orange)

Begin by heating the oven to 400ºF and lining a muffin tin with 12 liners, or spray a loaf pan if making a breakfast bread.  Either one is delicious.

Combine dry ingredients, flour, oats, cinnamon, sugar, powder, soda, salt, into a large bowl and set aside.

the jam plan--Journey for Jessi

In a glass bowl, melt butter and then whisk in yogurt, egg, and vanilla until smooth.

the jam plan--Journey for Jessi

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.  

the jam plan--Journey for Jessi

Then fold in the zest and fruit.

the jam plan--Journey for Jessi

Disperse the batter into 12 baking cups evenly, or into a loaf pan for a bread.

the jam plan--Journey for JessiFor muffins, bake for 15-18 minutes and for a loaf, bake 20-30 minutes.

the jam plan--Journey for JessiLet cool and…

the jam plan--Journey for JessiENJOY!!!

Trust me, the “jam plan” is fool proof.  I already feel recovered a week later, just in time for finals, but do not worry, several more recipes to come!  It is the holiday season after all!

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