Monday, January 9, 2012

Texture Tuesday and A Cup O' Muffin

Starting today, I'm on a gluten and dairy free diet. I plan to try it for 2 weeks to see how it goes, and if I reap any benefits from it, then I'll continue it for another 2 weeks before I decide if I'll be sticking to it indefinitely. The thing I worry about missing most is bread of any kind, so when I found the following recipe for a gluten and dairy free muffin made in a cup, I couldn't resist trying such an easy recipe. Well, the recipe did not disappoint. Here is what a muffin in a cup looks like...

Here is the recipe I changed to suit my needs:
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweetner* (I used Stevia)
*make sure you use a whole teaspoon, and not the equivalent.
1 egg
1 teaspoon of safflower oil (instead of butter if you like)
1/8 cup chopped fresh banana
1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts
Directions: This is how I mixed the ingredients
I mixed all the dry ingredients first, really well, stirred the fruit and nuts in, and then put the oil and egg in, and beat the egg a bit on the top with a fork before stirring it in. If you don't add fruit, just cook it a minute as the original directions stated.
I ate mine with a spoon,
although the original directions said you could take it out of the cup and slice it.
Here is the original recipe:
Muffin in a Minute
I hope you give this recipe a try, as I really enjoyed it, and plan to make it my weekend morning treat to have with coffee. I'll experiment with different berries and nuts also : ) Bon appetit!

Both photos were textured with Kim Klassen textures:Embrace, Warm Sun, Phoebe, Pumpkin Grunge.

Happy Texture Tuesday!


P.S. In my haste to post on New Year's day, I forgot to include some information about the paper hearts I made for Christmas decorations. I made the strips for the hearts smaller. The original directions created 6 inch hearts. My smaller versions were 4 inches. Here are the dimensions for the strips to make the 4 inch hearts:
3/4 inches wide
2- 7 inch strips
2- 5.5 inch strips
2- 4 inch strips
1- 4 inch strip for the hanger
continue with the directions on the original post on Jill Ruth & Co.'s blog and while you are there, you should look around, she has many fun and inspiring projects throughout her blog. I always leave there feeling inspired!
Here are the original and shortened hearts so you can see the difference in size:
I used regular sized staples to hold them together, you couldn't see them in the other post because I edited them out for appearance sake. I also used double-sided scrapbook cardstock (Martha Stewart Christmas) for the smaller hearts. Have fun!


  1. Oohhh that muffin looks delicious . . hope you feel a real benefit. Love the texture work . .great choice of textures . . .Happy Tuesday, Teresa x

  2. I wouldn't have thought you could make a muffin in a mug! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Nice texture work!

  3. What serendipity! I have been on a similar diet now for a few weeks, so I had all the ingredients on hand and gave your recipe a try just now. I think in my haste I didn't mix the ingredients as well as I should have, but I can definitely see potential here! I just got back from a trip to Thailand and I found that it was SO much easier to follow this diet over there, since people don't eat much wheat or dairy in the first place. Now I'm home it's back to dreary eating again. sigh. Good luck to you!

  4. Kathleen, i mixed all the dry ingredients first, really well, stirred the fruit and nuts in, and then put the egg in and beat it a bit on the top with a fork before stirring it in, if you don't add fruit, just cook it a minute : ) hope you give it another try : )

  5. Hey Cathy, that is so neat! A muffin in a mug! And so healthy too! I think I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe. :)

    Love your photographs and the texture work as well. :)

  6. I love your edits on this pictures! The texture looks great in these shots. And thanks also for sharing the recipe, I'll have to try that sometime!

  7. What a lovely use of texture! And a fascinating idea. I'm now craving a muffin -- in a cup!

  8. First I thought it was a cup of coffee, a wonderful way to serve a muffin, lovely image

  9. Lovely editing, - the cake looks like coffee with whipped cream at first sight;)