Chocolate Chip Berry Muffins

Sometimes life throws an unnecessary amount of problems at you.

Bad grades. Life plan changes. Gross weather. Total life stress.

And it takes a toll on you. I have been MIA for the past… week?… because I went to visit Drexel. Yes, the one in Philadelphia. Yes, the one seven hours away from my home. What I was thinking? Not exactly sure. But once I got there, I knew it was not for me. Paying that much money for a school that looked like a run down middle school and was set in the middle of downtown Philadelphia, combined with overpriced everything (read: cocktails $12 and dinner entrees $20) and traffic everywhere meant that this was not going to be my home for the next 1-2 years. So? Plan B. Do I have a Plan B? Kinda sorta. Luckily I have 24 more letters, even if Plan B fails.

So now I am applying to more graduate schools, on top of one graduate school that is a backup (Plan C?). In a nutshell? I have had a total life change in the last few days and it is causing unnecessary stress on my whole world.

You know what helps unnecessary stress? Besides Private Practice, which is one of few things that is keeping my head on right now, chocolate and berries. And muffins. Bite-sized (well, 4-5 bites) delicious, healthy, eat for breakfast or as a snack or before bed or in the library while you’re banging your head against the table while listening to 3 hour lectures, comfort food deliciousness. If you’re going through total life stress problems right now, you should make these. They help.

Chocolate Chip Berry Muffins
Adapted slightly from Ambitious Kitchen

1 c all purpose flour
1 c old-fashioned oats
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 pinch cinnamon
1 c mashed bananas (2 bananas)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 egg white
1/3 c nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c plain almond milk
1/3 c chocolate chips
1/3 c blueberries
1/3 c strawberries
Extra strawberries and/or blueberries on top

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin tin with 12 liners.
2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda and powder, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp of this mixture to the berries and combine.
3. In a separate bowl, combine mashed bananas, olive oil, honey, and vanilla. Add in egg and egg white and combine. Add in milk and yogurt.
4. Combine dry and wet ingredients, mixing but not overmixing.
5. Fold in chocolate chips and berries.
6. Spoon mixture into muffin liners until 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes.

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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Berry Muffins

  1. Erika says:

    Ai yai yai. Grad school issues don't sound like fun. I remember how stressful it was doing the college visits and I can only imagine what it's like for grad school!! What are you applying for? I'm sure it'll all work out–props for making time to make these delicious sounding muffins in the meantime!Btw, I've been meaning to ask–is there any way you can make commenting easier on your blog? Every time I comment, I have to type in numbers/letters to verify I'm not spam. It's a teensy bit of a hassle, but something I will definitely put up with to keep up with you! 🙂

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