Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blueberry Almond Muffins and New Balance Gear!

Happy Leap Year to me!!

The awesome crew at New Balance generously provided our Reach the Beach blogger team:  “Team Off Balance” with enough gear to get us through training AND the relay itself!!  Check this out…

The 870v2 Sneakers
NBx Prism Half Zip

Impact Capri
Heathered Short Sleeve
NBx Prism Capri
Icefil Short Sleeve
Get Back Racerback
Prism Running Short
Fun Run Shorts


Tonic Crop Sports Bra
PDA Running Gloves
Tri-Viz Running Cap
NGR Bars


Um, wow!

Pictures don’t even do it justice…but that hot pink t-shirt is HOT PINK, and incredibly soft!! 
The 870’s are their stability shoe, and I don’t even think these particular sneakers(870v2) are out yet!  I’ll let you know how they feel next time I run.  I’ve always needed some stability in my running sneakers and this will be my first time trying New Balance since I started running a few years ago. 

I even tried on all the bottoms right away.  All the material is so soft, and nothing feels like it’s going to fall down, and most have drawstrings!  I currently own a pair of nice capris (not NB) but they are a lower rise and always need to be tugged up..annoying.  I’m liking the higher rise of these (not high rise, but you know…normal!).

I’ll be sure to get photos of myself when I’m wearing the gear so you can see! 

In the meantime, if you want to get some sweet New Balance gear yourself, they’ve provided me with a coupon code for my readers to get 15% off AND free shipping!! Pretty sure even Brian is going to get something after seeing my new items.

From now until March 10, 2012 you can use the code: NBRTB1279GDCT

Awesome right?!  I can’t wait to try everything on!!  If you have any specific questions about the products leave a comment or shoot me an email :)

Ok Muffin time.


This was one of those recipes that I had made before and my initial assessment was that they weren’t that great and can’t use them on the blog.

However, that was after a bite when they were still warm.  My feeling with “healthier” muffins, is that they taste better once they’ve cooled and flavors come through better.  See, the next morning I went to eat one (I mean they were still good to me!), and they tasted so much better!!  I was actually bummed I didn’t take photos that first time.

So this weekend when I was craving muffins for the week, I went back to the recipe.  Since my initial gripe with them was that I thought they weren’t sweet enough, I added a bit more honey.

Banana muffins are the best kind to make healthy versions of because bananas themselves are so sweet and flavorful, but blueberries, not so much. 



These use equal parts almond meal and oat flour so they are a little denser than your standard muffin, but they stay really moist from the almond meal, blueberries, and eggs!  Also higher in protein!!

If you have nice fine blanched almond flour then your muffins will be lighter in color and possibly a little less dense, but for now I just buy the cheaper Almond Meal from Trader Joes and it works perfectly fine.
The almond flavor is there, but not too over powering.  You can always increase the almond extract a little (that stuff is potent!) if you wanted more almond flavor.  These have more of a natural almond flavor rather than an almond extract flavor.


 Almond Blueberry Muffins 
(makes 12 muffins)
  • 1 cup almond meal (almond flour)
  • 1 cup Oat Flour
  • 1/4 cup Flax Seed Meal
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (plain or vanilla, unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract (add another 1/2 tsp for more almond flavor)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil (or butter or oil of choice)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup slice almonds (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350*
Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl (almond flour to salt), whisk to combine.
In a separate bowl beat eggs and egg whites, add almond milk, oil, honey, almond extract, and vinegar. Whisk to combine. Add wet to dry, mix with a spoon until just combined, fold in blue berries.

Distribute batter into a regular 12-cup muffin tin lined with paper liners.

Top with slice almonds if desired.

Bake for 16-18 min, or until toothpick inserted in the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Let cool.
(my little “cake tester” from Crate and Barrel)



I guess this if for bloggers, but have you ever made something “not for the blog” and wish you had taken photos because it came out so good!?   

Do you wear New Balance Gear?  Like it??  I’ve always liked the company.  I used to work right near their Outlet store in Lawrence…that place is awesome! 

Lets hope this is finally The Snow for the season and from here on we can move to spring???  Wishful thinking??


  1. FunandFearlessinBeantownMarch 1, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    The New Balance gear looks AWESOME!  And you totally reminded me that the outlet store is nearby...I've got to stop by!

  2. Um- SO totally jealous of the gear! New balance shoes rock, but I haven't really tried their gear. The outlet is amazing. Glad the muffins turned out well despite the initial reaction. That cake tester is cute. Snow? craziness

  3. Emily @ A Cambridge StoryMarch 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    That gear is insane! What a score! 

  4. One word: JEALOUS!

    thanks for the recipe.

  5. Ha, since I rarely post recipes, I'm awful about photographing what I make. Last week I made amazing pecan caramel bars that I totally should have photographed

  6. Look at all that swag! Must be great motivation for the run!

    I definitely make things all the time that I wish I had decided to photograph, but I just don't have the energy to take photos and write out steps every time I make something.

  7. That's awesome gear New Balance gave you!! I did Reach the Beach a few years ago, it's super fun enjoy!!