We experience them a lot as people. Whether it be a grade, a project, an arrival time- we have something to live up to. As a high school student attending a rigorous private school, I am expected to be a “smart kid” or a straight A student. That isn’t the case. I get B+’s and I’m happy about it. I sometimes get C’s on tests, and in return I ball my eyes out to my mom that night.
I also experience expectations as a blogger. I feel constant pressure to put out creative recipe’s, be super intelligent about life, have great photos, and be savvy about social media. Like school, that simply isn’t true. I don’t have the best photos out there! I’m only seventeen, so there’s no way I have cracked the code to life. I do have a decent social media following, but that doesn’t mean I use it wisely. I mean, how many times have I gone on Pinterest in the past year? Three times??? MAYBE. Truth is, I’m not like most bloggers, and I’m fine with that.
Another thing I have expectations for- MUFFINS.
To me, muffins are a sad donut. If I’m ordering a muffin over a donut, I want it to be fluffy, moist, sweet, and have the right about of filling ingredients to dough ratio. Oh, and if the top isn’t crunchy, then the baker is doing something wrong. I have VERY high expectations for them, and I’m incredibly picky when it comes to choosing a flavor.
Usually, I’ll stick with the standard blueberry because my pickiness takes over and I know that flavor satisfies me. However, these muffins are the kind of pastry that would make me break out of the blueberry rut. THEY’RE CHERRY GARCIA MUFFINS. Think the Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream, but in muffin form and 30x healthier.
The crunch from the chocolate chips and the sweetness from the cherries makes my heart swoon. I brought these to work the day I made them, and they were devoured in two minutes by three people who were on their lunch break. Also, anything with chocolate is a WIN, so of course they’d be good. I mean, when have you ever had BAD chocolate?
Let’s dig in!
- 1 cup oats, ground into flour
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- 1 egg
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup non fat greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp solid coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pitted cherries
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Grind your oats into a flour (I blended mine in a blender), and pour into a bowl. Add in the whole wheat flour and mix well.
- Next, add in the rest of the dry ingredients minus the chocolate chips and mix together to ensure no clumps.
- Add in the egg, almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Whisk well.
- Lastly, add in the cherries and chocolate chips. Once mixed, let the batter sit for five minutes.
- Spray a muffin tray with cooking spray, and once the bater has sat, simply pour ¼ cup of the batter into each slot. Top with more chocolate and stick in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Once they're cooked, remove from the oven and let cool for ten minutes.
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