I started reading Rich Froning’s biography, First, the other day and I can’t put it down! He goes through his experiences leading up to the CrossFit Games (including the infamous 2010 rope climb). He attributes his success in the CrossFit world to God, and explains that while it is nice to win, his ultimate goal in the Games is to glorify Him. As a Christian, I can relate to a lot of the feelings he expresses about his struggles to connect with religion as a young adult. It is inspiring to see how CrossFit has helped him grow in his faith and develop him into the person he is today. Regardless of your religion, if you are a fan of Crossfit, it is a must read.
I did some baking this weekend. In fact, I did a lot of things over the weekend. I crammed more activities into my Sunday than I do in most weeks. I am running a 10k next weekend, so I started Sunday morning with a 4 mile run, then did 14.3 (6 reps at 185, woo!), baked these muffins, went to the movies, (if you haven’t seen Nonstop, you should, it was awesome!), then went out to dinner.
Anyway, back to the muffins. I was craving mangos and baked goods so the BF and I came to the BRILLIANT idea of combining them. These muffins are seriously amazing. They are not TOO sweet (although, you could make them sweeter if you wanted to), and they have a perfect muffin consistency. They are super adaptable, you can mix in any kind of fruit/nut/chocolate combination that you’d like and completely change the flavor.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup oats (old fashioned or quick cook)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cup flour (white/wheat, or half and half)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup mix-ins of your choice
- Heat oven to 400, grease a muffin tin, or place 12 paper cups in muffin tin.
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, salt)
- Combine wet ingredients and sugar in a second bowl (milk, egg, sugar)
- combine wet and dry ingredients. Gently fold in mix ins.
- Bake 18-20 min.
We went a little crazy, we made ours with chopped mango, strawberries, blueberries, and topped them with a mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans… amazeballs.
Other topping inspiration: banana nut, banana chocolate chip, cranberry pecan (festive for the holidays), apple walnut, something citrus-y might be good? The possibilities are endless!!