Breakfast

Chobani Vanilla Blueberry Muffins

While I don’t consider myself much of a baker, I do love muffins.  My favorite muffin though?

Otis Spunkmeyer’s banana nut muffin. 

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Back in my fat days, I would hit up 7-11 on my way to work.  Most mornings I would get a Big Gulp of regular Dr. Pepper and one of these muffins.  But back then they had different sizes, and the 6.5 ounce muffin was only .25 cents more than the smaller one, so duh, that’s the one I would buy.

I think it was about a year of eating these that I finally realized that the 300 calorie muffin was just for HALF of the muffin! 

Curious to know how many calories my muffin and Dr. Pepper breakfast was?

1172 calories, 20 fat, 1.3 fiber, 9,1 fiber and get this . . . .247 grams of carbs!!

It’s funny because back then I didn’t think that was a bad choice for breakfast.   And I couldn’t figure out how I was so fat because I wasn’t eating that much.  Gah.

So Chobani is becoming my favorite ingredient in muffin these days.  So many different flavors – and score when you get buy them 10 for $10.  My muffins have never been so moist.  (That’s what she said!)

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The batter is so silky smooth too.

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Chobani Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Muffins

Makes 12: 221 calories, 4 fat, 38 carbs, 1.2 fiber and 3.8 protein

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blueberries (mine were frozen and went straight into the batter, no need to thaw)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 six ounce container of Chobani Vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk.

Heat oven to 375.  I sprayed my muffin tin with Pam.

In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla.  Turn mixer on low and add dry ingredients until incorporated.  Finally, add milk and mix until just combined.

Toss the blueberries in about a teaspoon of flour.  And using a spatula, incorporate the blueberries just until combined.  Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

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For the topping, I mixed 3 tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of room temperature butter and sprinkled that over the top.

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Because the blueberries were tossed in flour, they don’t all sink to the bottom. 

But my breakfast was an egg white spinach low carb wrap with sauteed apples on the side.

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I actually wasn’t going to have a muffin, but before working out, my blood sugar was only 140, so I ate one.  My only mistake – I left the muffins in the muffin tin and just brought them to work, so they sat in the tin overnight.  They were a bitch to get out of the muffin tins.  A couple started losing their tops, but don’t we all know the muffin top is the best part?   It always reminds Tony and I of that Seinfeld episode where Newman comes in with all the milk to eat the muffin bottoms.

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I think most of the big kids must be back to school already, because the outdoor pool was nearly empty!

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30 minute swim – 10 minute relaxing:

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Lunch was leftover Cincinnati chili over a 4 ounce baked potato.  I reheated the chili with a cup of baby spinach.

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So the reason I made the blueberry muffins was for my co-worker C’s birthday.  She requested a specific cake and when she described it to me, I was like “nah, that’s not insulin worthy.”  Um, well, then I picked it up and my tune changed a bit.  Then I sliced it and quickly determined that yes, it was insulin worthy!  I had a tiny slice that I counted for 150 calories.  Boston cream pie with white cake and glazed strawberries.  Holy yum, this was a winner – I was able to bring Tony back a tiny slice and that was all that was left!

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I ended up making beef stroganoff with the last of our leftover roast from LAST WEEKEND!  It was still good.  This is a great dinner to use leftover beef with.

Quick Stroganoff for Two

  • 8 ounces leftover beef, sliced thin
  • 6 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey (use cognac or brandy if you have it)
  • 3 tablespoons light sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cooked egg noodles
  • 1 cup broccoli (that was for my plate)

Cook the mushrooms with the whiskey for about 3-5 minutes, until the mushrooms start to wilt and the whiskey is almost evaporated.  Remove from pan.  Melt the butter.  Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add the beef broth until the gravy is nice and thick.  Add in the sour cream and stir until combined.  Lastly, add in the cooked beef and mushrooms and cook for 3-4 more minutes, or until the beef has been heated through – you don’t want to cook it too much otherwise the meat will be too tough.

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I had to take that dinner picture QUICK because guess who came over for dinner and was sitting on my table where I normally take my dinner pics?!  Kyle!

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She was eating some sort of nut that he didn’t get from our house, so I put out some more bird seed and she want to piggy town.

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I came back inside and told Tony how close the squirrel got to me – like within six inches!  I put that picture on Facebook, and the comments ensued:

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OMG, it tastes like chicken – Suzie, you cracked us up!

Then after dinner settled down, it was 40 minutes of Pure Cardio Insanity.  I have to say, my two days of rest made a huge difference – I was ready to give it 110% last night. Open-mouthed smile

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1722 calories, 40 fat, 207 carbs, 23 fiber and 69 protein
  • 48% of calories from carbs, 21 from fat and 31 from protein
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • 40 minute Insanity after dinner
  • no alcohol

Wow, my day was high in carbs because of the extra muffin and slice of cake – but life is too short not to have a piece of cake every now and again. Open-mouthed smile

Alright, I think I have time to make pork and apple breakfast sausage before I need to head out the door.   Doesn’t everyone make sausage before going to work?!

Make it a great day!

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  • Thekitchwitch
    August 20, 2013 at 6:40 am Kyle stroganoff...
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:52 am No you didn't! :D
  • andreaswellnessnotes
    August 20, 2013 at 7:12 am The kid loves blueberry muffins. I'm pinning this recipe. That FB exchange is too funny. Have a great day!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:52 am So glad you were able to have one more quick vacation getaway before school starts! I've always wanted to go to Lake Tahoe!
  • Sam
    August 20, 2013 at 7:25 am I love blueberry muffins, but only if they're homemade. Definitely starring this one, especially since I've been getting a lot of Chobani 10/10. Their coconut flavor is my favorite, so I need to find something to make with that. That fb convo cracked me up, Suzie never fails to give me a daily laugh on fb.
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:53 am Coconut flavor??!! I haven't seen that one! Yep, Suzie is crazeballs alright!
  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    August 20, 2013 at 7:27 am I love, love muffins. And squirrel. Just kidding...I may be from the South, but I have never eaten Kyle's relatives, nor do I want too! But yeah, from what I've heard, squirrel, quail, doves, frogs, alligator...it all tastes like chicken :-)
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:54 am Of those you've listed, I haven't had any of them, but our kids tried alligator - but it was deep fried and I think they thought it was just chicken nuggets!
  • Shelley B
    August 20, 2013 at 7:31 am Kyle fried rice. LOL Sadly, I know people who eat squirrel - gross!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:56 am Yeah, I think I would go complete Vegan if I had to eat squirrel!
  • Heather Mursch
    August 20, 2013 at 8:07 am Chobani is great in cookies, too - the texture is amazing!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:56 am Great, now I have to make cookies to find out - kidding - sounds great! And kudos to you for not stress eating this week!!
  • itzyskitchen
    August 20, 2013 at 8:10 am WOW! Amazing how much your diet has changed over the years- you rock. Its scary how many calories little baked goods can have. Your muffins? They're beautiful! I might make them this weekend. I'm throwing a baby sprinkle.
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:57 am When you exercise for a sport for hours a day, you can eat anything without giving it much thought - its when you get a desk job that suddenly that doesn't work anymore. Baby . . . sprinkle? Is that the new term for baby shower??
  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    August 20, 2013 at 8:14 am All of those recipes look fantastic! I'm jealous of all of the swimming you get to do. Eat it up before the summer ends. ;-)
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:58 am I am enjoying every minute of it Carrie!
  • Lara
    August 20, 2013 at 10:05 am I'm going to make the blueberry muffins for G but with full-fat yogurt!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:58 am I loved the yoga picture of Baby G and your husband - awesome!
  • Louise
    August 20, 2013 at 10:34 am MMMM....blueberry muffins are on the list to make, but alas, no chobani in the house. :( Everything you make to eat always looks super delish!!! Wow, when you put a number on the Dr. Pepper and muffin, that is really scarey. To think you were eating most of your calorie intake for the day in one morning breakfast. Yikes, we are destroying ourselves, aren't we.
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 7:59 am Thanks Louise! I know - I probably easily ate 4000 calories a day back then. I loved fast food!
  • Veronica
    August 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm The muffins look incredible! Were they? YOu never mentioned what you thought of them! I'm saving this recipe only if it's awesome. :) I think Kyle is becoming your new pet. Don't eat her! lol
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:00 am Sorry V! Yes, these are delicious - the top is awesome and the actual muffin is super moist and light. They were all gone before 9:30 at my office, so that's a good sign. Although Tony says that anyone will eat free food at work no matter how it tastes, because its free!
      • Veronica
        August 22, 2013 at 3:33 am OK I'm saving this recipe! And Tony is so right. I once brought in a huge tub of cookies I'd made with rancid nuts (they were awful) and it was gone in an hour. I'm such a nice co-worker! haha
  • Suzie
    August 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm The blueberry muffins look great, John has been bugging me to make some so I'll try yours! I've still been picking blackberries and thought about putting them in muffins too. Glad you guys had a good laugh about Kyle ;) I bet you could really feed him out of your hand!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:00 am Part of me wants to try to hand feed her, but the thought of rabies has me freaked out!
  • Renee@Mykitchenadventures
    August 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm Kylie!!!! Muffins...swoon!
  • Rhonda
    August 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm Holy crap I think that breakfast is more carbs than I eat in a week!! Scary indeed. Kyle better watch his fluffy butt.
  • Tami
    August 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm Biz you are the only person who makes sausage before work! Wow you ate at many calories in that old grab and go breakfast as many people eat in an entire day! Knowledge is power they say and once you learn about nutrition there is no turning back!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:01 am Ha - I should really videotape my morning before work - it's pretty active!
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    August 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm Greek yogurt is always such a great swap in recipes to add protein and creaminess without too much fat and calories. The muffins sound amazing! Hope you're enjoying all this beautiful and warm weather! Perfect for swimming. :)
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:04 am It finally feels like summer around here Michelle, doesn't it - but I love that its still cool at night. :D
  • Kym
    August 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm Your muffin is so pretty. I'm going to try it this weekend with a few low carb modifications. I'll let you know how it works. Kyle is quite the little pig. I hope she cleans up after herself. Tony and Suze...too funny.
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:05 am Let me know how you lower the carbs - would love to know! And it's funny, because as much as a pick Kyle is - the next day, the deck and table are completely clean. Over the weekend we discovered who is the vacuum cleaner - an opossum! We caught him red handed before he scooted away!
  • A Life From Scratch
    August 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm Glad you finally got a swim in peace!!!! :) Those muffins look delicious - we love blueberry muffins in this house, I hope to try these out this sunday!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:06 am Let me know if you try them Courtney. :D
  • Erin
    August 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm That batter looks like straight up cheesecake batter and blueberries. I seriously need to back off the carbs; I normally eat low'ish-carb and the past few weeks has been ridiculously off the low carb train. My belly is even more bloated and I'm up like 3 pounds. But muffins are soooo goood! :)
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:06 am But carbs are so tasty, aren't they? Gah - so much tasty good food out there - wish it were all under the healthy category!
  • Saving Money With Becky
    August 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm Those muffins look delish! i'm pinning this recipe!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:07 am Thanks Becky! Chobani put it on their Pinterest board - so exciting!
  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    August 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm i love muffins but don't make them often because there aren't enough of us around here to eat them all. But loved that story about the muffin at 7-11. I used to like the chocolate chip cookie but always with a diet coke! And that stroganoff looks great!
    • biz319
      August 21, 2013 at 8:07 am Just so you know, I've frozen them before and would just put it out on the counter the night before, a quick pop in the toaster oven to warm up and it tastes like it just came out of the oven. :D
  • Kay
    August 21, 2013 at 9:01 am Love this recipe - have made similar before, but would like to sub splenda for the sugar - that cuts the per muffin calories quite a bit - making them for my roommate with diabetes - is there a reason not to do that?