Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I Love SC & Vegan Coconut Cornbread Muffins

Are you ready for the weekend?? I am especially excited for this weekend because Josh's parents are coming !! BTW- I have a few exciting giveaways coming, including another from the CSN stores!! As you may already know, the CSN stores sell all sorts of goodies including bathroom vanities.

How has the rest of your week been treating you? Mine has been quite nice. On Wednesday, I took advantage of the beautiful South Carolina weather and headed out to the Isle of Palms Connector to do a little walking/running. I ran a race on the connector last October and have been itching to get back out there ever since. Couple pictures taken during my run:




SC is so beautiful! I just love living here. The run/walk was very enjoyable, but HOT! Thank goodness for the heavier winds on the bridge.


I was a hot mess afterwards and decided I needed to share my stinky-ness with the world. I hit up the New Harris Teeter (that I believe is supposed to be "Green") that just opened up this week. We have probably 3 of these already in my town, but this one has a Starbucks inside :)


The store is very nice, but nothing too out of the ordinary (again...minus the exciting Starbucks!), but I did pick up a new hummus to try and it did not disappoint!


With Josh's parents coming into town, I have been doing some baking. I made up granola (2 cups oats, 1 cup coconut, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 tablespoons flax, 3 tablespoons honey and 3 tablespoons vegetable oil baked at 250 for 1 hour). I also put together some Vegan Coconut Cornbread muffins. The recipe I used before seems to have disappeared, so I went off memory and made a few adjustments:


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon flax

Directions:

  • Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in another
  • Combine ingredients
  • Spray a muffin pan, divide mixture into 12
  • Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes

These muffins have (according to my calculations) ~ 122 calories per muffin! How fabulous is that? Lastly, I made up a veganized version of these bars. I used 2 tablespoons of flax and 6 tablespoons of water instead of the 2 eggs. I also added in dried cherries instead of chocolate chips.



On a side note, I got a VERY fun package from the people at Galaxy Granola on Wednesday. They are releasing two new flavors (review to come). Any guesses on what the people who promote Fruit Not Fat have put together?



I hope you enjoy your weekend! What are you up to? And now for the Frank picture of the day (yes, his head is really that big):


49 comments:

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

aw, i love sc too. your pics make me miss it so much!!

have an awesome weekend :)

Jessica said...

Coconut cornbread? That sounds soo good and right up my alley. I have never heard of Harris Teeter! I live under a rock, but am pretty sure we don't have those here. Have a great weekend! :)

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

You're making me miss SC!!! I can't believe it's been a year since I was at Hilton Head. You've been getting busy in the kitch, Missy!! I love it :) Have a great weekend!

Lee@In My Tummy said...

Frank just kills me. I love him! Jason's brother is a hotel manager in Isle of Palms.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Ooo, love the muffin recipe. I will have to try that with some gluten free flour! Have a great weekend!

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

Smoked paprika hummus sounds amazing, and so do those muffins! Have a great weekend. :)

Kelsey said...

Fresh Foods Market would be heaven to go into! sounds like such a great place to visit!!!

awe, what a sweetheart puppy :) awe!!! <3

*Naomi* said...

harris teeter looks awesome!! smoked paprika hummus?!?! hellllooo I want some right now!!

have a great weekend with joshs parents, I bet those muffins will be GONE by Sunday! :)

nice run! its so hard when its HOT out, so thank goodness for the breeze you had!!

Staci Dombroski said...

Looks amazing!!! Have a great time this weekend :)

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

Everytime we go to the OBX I get so excited to go to Harris Teeter, I love that store for some reason haha. Gorgeous workout weather too girl! Have a wonderful weekend with Josh's parents in town :D

insideiamdancing said...

I have wanted to visit South Carolina for years...one day!

The muffins look delicious! I noticed the original recipe was gone when somebody asked me for it recently- then found a copy saved on my desktop. I love corn muffins!

The Blonde Duck said...

I seriously doubt you were ever a hot mess.

Amelia said...

I am so jealous of you connector run! I had to give up running for medical reasons and I miss it so much.
Have fun this weekend with the family. It should be beautiful! We are having a moving sale this weekend. We close on our house next week! :)

Megan D said...

Those muffins sound fantastic, thanks for the recipe! And I am loving Frank. That picture made me smile!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

Man I ran that race too..it was SOOO hot! I bet everyont that comes to visit gets pumped about your incredible treats! Well..of course to see you guys and Frank also! Have fun with the fam!

Katie said...

Those muffins are calling my name! There will definitely be baking going on this weekend.

I've never been to SC, but I hope to go soon!

Have a lovely weekend, Erica :-)

Christina said...

ooh we both blogged about hummus today! did harris teeter have a bunch of different flavors? i'll have to check it out!

We are not Martha said...

Smoked Paprika Hummus?!?! Need to figure out a way to get my hands on that... sounds delicious! LOVE your dogs face... to die for! :) Have a wonderful weekend! [chels]

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

Frank is adorable. That look is priceless.

Also, paprika hummus? Okay fancy pants...

homecookedem said...

I need to go to SC sometime soon to visit my BFF!! She lives near Charleston and absolutely loves it!! I've only driven through SC, never actually stopped!

tam said...

Your baked goods look fab I want one of each please! x x

BroccoliHut said...

Even though I've spent 4 years in NC, I never managed to make it to a Harris Teeter--must find one soon!

Molly said...

Ahhhh! I love Frank's big head and big eyes! What a cutie!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

sorry im so late :)

"the New Harris Teeter "
in my mind's ear, I can hear southern people saying
they're fixin to go to hare-ezzzz teeeet-ar.
With a super drawl and twang. God, the memories of our time in NC and SC, I much prefer teeter to Bilo. The bilo's in myrtle were Ghetto!

Love the bars girl.

And love that you posted about Teeter. I used to hit my teeter up at midnite for extra booze. Boy, life has sure changed :)

Lauren @ Health on the Run said...

The coconut cornbread looks amazing! And they seem pretty healthy too (seems like most cornbread is pretty calorie dense). I also love the look of those bars.

But most of all I love Frank!

Have a great weekend!!

Jenn (eating bender) said...

It makes me so happy to see that you love SC :) This post reminded me of how I feel when I wake up in AZ!

That new Harris Teeter sounds so cool! And oh my - Vegan Coconut Cornbread Muffins? Could I be in heaven? That sounds AMAZING!!

This weekend: working at a conference and trying out for Family Feud - haha! Hope you have a lovely one.

Krista said...

Great muffins! And I like how you veganized the granola bars. That's such a great recipe.

Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned. Enjoy your company!!

vanillasugar said...

i love frank! all that cuteness.
so coconut and corn mix well together eh? never would have thought so.
do you guys get the humidity we get in the summertime?

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Isn't the sunshine just fabulous!? I have shared my smelliness with the world too haha
the vegan coconut cornbread muffins look so amazing!!
have a wonderful weekend!

Jessica said...

I would love to run over the connector! I think about that every time I am in Charleston and drive to Folly. Maybe I will try it out next time I am down there? How far is it?

Julie said...

ooooooh frank. haha love him. i think him and jj (my pups) should hang out. they'd prob just end up chillin on the couch and sleeping hahaha

coconut cornbread sounds like such a treat! if you weren't already married to josh i would say you would for sure win their hearts over with those creations haha

ummm that hummus looks/sounds spicy and SO good!!!

have fun with the rental in laws this weeend :) :)

p.s. housewives was INSANE. like literally hahaha

lynn @ the actors diet said...

love the frank pix!

i have a feeling i would love harris teeter. they don't have those in l.a.!

Heatha said...

You, a hot mess?? Pa-lease!
And I've decided I need to come visit SC so you can show me around and bake me treats! :)
Have a great weekend with the in-laws....

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Vegan coconut cornbread sounds great. What a cute dog.

Have a great weekend.

Cheers!

whataboutsummer said...

I am so ready for the weekend. It looks like you're enjoying really nice weather and delicious eats!

Is frank picture of the day a permanent feature? I feel like I've had some dog days lounging around lately...

amanda said...

they just opened a fresh market right around the corner from me. i can't wait to check it out!

coconut cornbread sounds delicious.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I've never thought of combining coconut and cornbread--but I love em' both, so sounds fabulous! And who doesn't love a low-cal muffin!? Enjoy your weekend! :-)

Priyanka@thehealthydiary said...

I want to come to Charleston,SC for my vacation this summer, I was thinking of this last night and I immediately thought of you!

Brittany said...

I love cornbread and the thought of adding coconut to cornbread has my mouth watering!!

I share my sweaty self with the world all the time. After driving to the gym I always think of an errand I need to run. :)

K from ksgoodeats said...

That hummus sounds AMAZE!! I wish we had a Harris Teeter around here - it sounds like a fabulous grocery store. One of our grocery stores has a Starbucks inside and whenever I'm with the madre shopping she ALWAYS "just has" to go get an iced tea. It never fails!

Those baked goods look D-vine! FRANK!! I've been dying over all of the Frank pictures posted lately - dogs with ginormo heads are the best ;)

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!

bhealthier said...

nice run girlie...frank is soo photogenic. I love him! 1 hr to hilton head! Have fun with the in laws

madeleine@mad-about-running.blogspot.com said...

Hi sweetie!! Those muffins look so delicious!! I LOVE coconut and have an extra bag right now that I've been looking to do something with, I'll have to give these a try:)) Have a great weekend with your in-laws and can't wait to catch up more soon:))

Stacey said...

Let me know how the new Galaxy granola is. I love their products.

Holly said...

SC IS beautiful! One of the prettiest states, I think. Your pics are all gorgeous - I can't imagine being able to run there all the time! :-)

Mmmmm dang those muffins look good. I'm going to give vegan blueberry muffins a whirl this weekend, I think. I swear, I can't tell a difference with vegan baked goods!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Erica!

GF Gidget said...

Those muffins sound awesome!

Maria said...

So jealous of your warm weather. I haven't been to SC since HS. I think I need a visit. We loved vacationing there. Our weekend was good-haircuts, cleaning, friends over for dinner, etc. Not ready for Monday:(

The Healthy Apron said...

Looks beautiful there! Glad you have a fun weekend ahead!

Esi said...

I really hope I get to see you when I visit SC this year. You make it look so great!

Bridget said...

Your run/walk looks beautiful!! How were the muffins?!!? The combo of corn and coconut sounds amazing!