I originally got into baking in college because it made me feel good when I was stressed. Instead of stress eating, I could bake and enjoy the smells of the treats in the oven and then know that I could easily give it away by just walking down to the callboard hallway and offering it to a ton of other stressed out exhausted theatre majors who had probably forgotten to eat most of the day after going from class to rehearsal to another rehearsal and back again. (In a lot of ways being a theatre major really prepared me for parenthood….) I actually started baking so much due to stress my senior year of undergrad that people started making jokes about the Grey’s Anatomy character Izzy Stevens-
(I was so curious what they were talking about I started watching the show. OK, I will give them the baking aspect, but I have to say she would not be my character choice to identify with…)
All that to say, this week is a very busy and potentially stressful week. busy busy busy, juggling different types of jobs and “hats” so to speak and I’m also playing catch up from giving myself some time off to actually celebrate my birthday, something I haven’t really done the last four years! So I debated skipping blogging and baking this week, but the idea of bringing ingredients together into something delicious that I could share and take with me on the run in the mornings during this busy week sounded like a very productive way to relieve some stress. So when i was lucky enough to score a naptime today without a fight, I took the opportunity to whip up some muffins!
These muffins have the bonus of 1. including chocolate and 2. offering some awesome protein thanks to one of our new favorite foods- Greek yogurt! They were super easy to make out and came out perfect- not too sweet, not too dry, and could pass for either breakfast or dessert depending on what one may need at the given moment. I did make one small change which was to swap out chocolate chips for hunks of dark chocolate (courtesy of those Trader Joes mini dark chocolate bars with a very high percentage of cocoa!) and to cut the amount from 1 cup to 3/4 cup.
I’ll definitely be using some for breakfast during this crazy week and I will definitely be packing some to keep me fueled during auditions tonight and, if we’re lucky, maybe even a zoo trip right before since we have what might be one of the final days of nice weather before the AZ summer really hits! YUM!
PS: one of these days you will have to remind me to write a blog post on the cupcake theory of love…