Are you guys ready for Monday? Ugh…I’m not. I had the most unproductive weekend. All I did was be lazy, lazy, lazy. I never do that, but my foot and ankle was cranky. If you saw yesterday’s post, then you know my foot is still bugging me. Stupid tendinitis. I took it easy this weekend. VERY EASY.
I take that back. I was at the gym yesterday. I did get 45 minutes swimming laps, 15 minutes kick-board and 60 minutes upper body weights in yesterday. Do those count as a workout? I’ve never counted swimming as a real workout. Probably because it’s not sweaty. It’s also something I usually do on active recovery days. I should start counting swimming as a workout because I will probably NEVER be able to doing anything more. I swear this injury is never going to leave and I’m gonna be trapped in a boot and i pain the rest of my life. That’s optimism at your best. My doctor appointment next week couldn’t get here soon enough because I’m going crazy and after 10+ months of injury rightfully so. The next person who tells me to rest is not gonna get a good response out of me.
One of the reasons I hate not working out is because when I don’t work out, I’m unproductive. It’s the strangest thing because my workouts are 2 hours of my day. I always think I should be able to get more done on a rest day, but it never happens. I’ve thought about this a lot over the years. I’m such a routine person. It throws me off big time when I don’t workout. It’s like my mind goes on vacation and ADD kicks in. I have no sense of time and end up wandering around aimlessly.
My workouts were not always that way for me. They used to be in the afternoons and were my stress relief from the day. Now that my workouts are in the morning, they’re just key to starting my day. They help me compartmentalize & prioritize all the tasks zipping around in my head. It’s one of many reasons why I’ve always had active recovery days (instead of a full kickback rest day) – i.e. walk, swim, yoga, barre, etc. It keeps my head focused. Starting my day being active is part of who I am. Truthfully it’s the best part of my day. The only time I am free and can be alone with my thoughts.
Sadly my laziness translated into no muffins happening in my kitchen this weekend. The office peeps are gonna be disappointed today. Obviously there’s something wrong with me if I don’t wanna workout or bake. Thankfully I had these amazing Pumpkin Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cashew Muffins from a few weeks ago. Now that’s a recipe mouthful! Try saying that name 3 times. Ha! I whipped these up a few weeks back when Jaime was visiting. I wanted to wait a few weeks to post it though. After the Week of Fall Pumpkin Recipes, I didn’t want you guys to be on pumpkin overload. If there’s even such a thing? Based on your love for pumpkin, I don’t think so.
The crazy thing about this recipe was the smorgasbord of ingredients from my pantry that made it. I was out of almond butter (that should be outlawed). Next best thing? Cashew butter. They were buy one, get one free and I had just enough left for a batch of muffins. I also had a bunch of dying blueberries in the fridge. You know the kind that are all wrinkly? I can’t stand eating them like that. I usually toss those in the freezer for a future smoothie or muffin. This time I went for the muffin. After I tossed them in the batter, I remember this was just no batter. It was pumpkin batter. I thought to myself do blueberries and pumpkin go together? I had a momentarily panicked. I didn’t have a back-up plan and I wasn’t about to pick out the blueberries from the batter. So I just went with it. Surprise, surprise…these were the most unexpected glorious thing ever.
These muffins are creamy, sweet and taste like fall. I just love the beautiful blend of colors from the blueberry and pumpkin. These are the kind you put them in the fridge overnight and take out for breakfast the next morning because they are best the next day after the flavors have mingled more. I sent the rest of the batch back to Tucson with Jaime to give to my friends. The next morning I got a text saying “Yum…thanks for the muffins. I’m eating one now. Who would think blueberry & pumpkin go together?” Apparently I did. 😉
- 1 cup cashew butter (or almond butter)
- 1 ripe, mashed banana
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp walnut oil
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ⅛ cup mini chips (I used Enjoy Life)
- Preheat oven 375
- Prepare a muffin tin with liners or cooking spray
- Add all ingredients to a food processor (except blueberries & chocolate chips)
- Combine well
- Fold in blueberries & chocolate chips by hand
- Add batter to muffin tin
- Bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick can be removed cleanly
- Allow to cool 15 minutes before enjoying
What unexpected things have you paired together that tasted amazing? Are you productive on rest days? If you make this recipe or any one of mine, be sure to tag me on Instagram.
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