Blueberry Muffin Tops and Inspirational Quotes

Good morning, and happy Thursday!

I’m still in the process of waking up, so this post might wind up being mildly incoherent. The fun thing, though, is that you might just get to see the process of my brain waking up as the caffeine hits my bloodstream. As my roommate in Jerusalem accurately noted when one of our friends got to see me make the transformation from uncaffienated to brimming with liquid inspiration, “Now watch as Lillian comes alive!”

Anyways, as promised from yesterday, today we have (drum-roll, please) the recipe for gluten-free blueberry muffin tops. HAPPY DANCE!


The first and most pressing issue in making muffin tops is hardware. Basically, you need a muffin tin specifically designed for making muffin tops — luckily, Amazon makes this ridiculously easy to acquire. I used this pan, and it works beautifully. And it’s a whopping $12, so it doesn’t exactly break the bank.

(Side note: can I just say how awesome it is to be able to find and quickly purchase semi-obscure things on Amazon for totally reasonable prices? I vividly recall the days of schlepping from store to store in pursuit of some random item that nobody seemed to have in stock, as well as the increasing frustration and stabby-ness that came with it. To say the least, I thank my lucky stars for Amazon and all its glorious awesomeness. That place is effing MAGICAL. But I digress.)

As soon as I got my grubby little paws on the muffin top tin, I knew I wanted to make the muffin-top variety of my favorite springtime treat: blueberry muffins. DSC00776

My recipe is a modified version of this recipe — as you’ll see from the link, the original recipe is Paleo. “But wait,” you might be thinking, “I’ve never heard her mention Paleo before, and her WIAW posts prominently feature grains and lentils and other things that don’t jive with Paleo!”

You’d be right, my friends: while the original recipe is Paleo, I’m definitely not. (Frankly, I love me some grains, and lentils are my homies.) Although I find some Paleo recipes to be great starting points for gluten-free baking, I always modify the recipes to incorporate some kind of grainy goodness. So, while Paleo is great for some people — and I’m a big proponent of the “do whatever works for you” school of thought, so I mean no disrespect to the Paleo crowd — I’m just not one of them.

But I digress! Again!

Ok, before I go off on another tangent, here’s the recipe already.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Blueberry Muffin Tops

1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup Mama’s Almond Blend All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
3 eggs (or, for those going egg-free, 3 flax eggs)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350. While the oven is getting its heat on, spray a bit of Pam into the muffin tin cups (it’s a non-stick pan, but I figure a wee bit of Pam can’t hurt). Mix the ingredients together until well-combined, then pour evenly into the tins. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven, cool, and enjoy! (I, um, had to sample at least three as soon as they were cool enough to eat. Y’know, quality control and all.)

DSC00777With that, I figured I’d add to the it’s-almost-Friday happiness with a compilation of some of my favorite inspirational quotes. Because, well, why not? Really, who among us couldn’t use some inspiration? (Seriously, if you lead such a charmed life that you don’t need the occasional pick-me-up, we probably can’t hang out.)


At the center of your being, you have the answer: you know who you are and you know what you want. ~ Lao Tzu

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~ Anais Nin

Scatter joy! ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Khalil Gibran

Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes. ~ Goethe

What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes? Are there any particular words of wisdom that help you feel better whenever the going gets rough?

11 thoughts on “Blueberry Muffin Tops and Inspirational Quotes

  1. chasingchels March 28, 2013 / 10:56 am

    Mmmmm these look good πŸ™‚ i love that quote about life shrinking or expanding in proportion to our courage…excellent reminder to keep pushing and not give up even when things seem scary or rough

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 28, 2013 / 11:44 am

      Isn’t that quote awesome? The first time I saw it, it immediately made me feel better. πŸ™‚ Have a good day, love!

  2. Alex @ therunwithin March 28, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    the dancing squirrel kind of made my day. what is it about dancing animals that gives me a good laugh.

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 28, 2013 / 5:29 pm

      Right? I kind of love the dancing squirrel. When I was searching for happy dance GIFs, that one came up and I immediately knew I wanted to use it. πŸ™‚

  3. cleaneatingveggiegirl March 28, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    Those muffin tops look SO good, and would make for the perfect snack! Thanks for the recipe :).

  4. Meredith March 29, 2013 / 2:01 am

    can’t wait to make these! I used to get an email almost daily with an inspirational quote from Dr. Shad Helmstetter (my Mom loves his self-talk speeches and she recommended this to me). I’m not sure what happened because they don’t come daily anymore, but they come every once and awhile and they really are uplifting!

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 29, 2013 / 9:23 am

      Oh, I love the idea of an inspirational quote each day — what a lovely way to start the morning! πŸ™‚

  5. Jorie March 29, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    I’m imagining ALL KINDS of muffin tops: double chocolate chip, blueberry, cinnamon streusel, apple cinnamon…oh my word, Lillian! I had no idea there was a muffin pan for this. I also echo your sentiments about Amazon. One of the best online retailers.

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 29, 2013 / 2:27 pm

      Right?! I had no idea it existed until I looked it up on Amazon. And you’re absolutely right — the list of flavor possibilities is endless!

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