Muffins Reduce Anxiety? These ones do!

Mornings aren’t what they used to be since becoming a mom: leisurely rolling out of bed, quietly sipping herbal tea, and looking up the morning yoga class I’d like to attend has become a thing of the past.

Now my mornings consist of me waking up to my 2 yr old yelling, “BABAAA!” from his crib, wiping the sleep from my eyes as I stumble into the kitchen to get him a bottle of coconut water, feeding the cat, and trying to whip up something quick and easy to eat.  Muffins have become a staple in our home.  The batter takes 5 min to throw together and they are done in 30 min.  This supplies me with breakfast and snacks for the next couple of days.

I created a muffin recipe for each diet plan I offer because they are quick, delicious, and most important healing. 

Kids love our muffins

Kids love our muffins

 

These lemon blueberry muffins are part of our Yin Deficiency diet plan.  They can help diminish and heal symptoms such as:

  • anxiety
  • adrenal fatigue
  • hot flashes & night sweats
  • feeling exhausted & deeply drained
  • graying hair (prematurely)
  • dry & aging skin
  • insomnia

These are just a few of many symptoms that can be experienced with Yin Deficiency.  To find out what your Chinese Medicine syndrome is take our QUIZ HERE.

What makes these healing for Yin Deficiency are the ingredients I have chosen to use.

Teff flour, black chia seeds, blueberries, almond milk, organic eggs and butter are all wonderful for nourishing yin.  Foods that are dark-black in colour, small amounts of animal products, and foods rich in moistening oils can replenish and refuel the body.

lemon blueberry teff muffins

Think of yin deficiency as a machine that has been running non-stop without any rest or maintenance.

If you were to look inside the machine it would be hot, low in fluids, in desperate need of an oil change, and on the fritz.   This is how you can liken a person with yin deficiency: overworked, go-go-go, exhausted, restless, dry, and feels hot in the evening or has hot flashes.

By giving foods that are high in minerals (like teff flour), darkly pigmented (like blueberries and blackberries), that are rich in healthy oils (like chia seeds and nuts), and with a little bit of animal products (organic butter, eggs, fish, pork) you can help to restore balance and ultimately feel better.

There are more foods that support Yin Deficiency, but for now we’re going to focus on our muffin recipe.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

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Dry:
1 ½ cups teff flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Teff Flour)
½ cup tapioca starch
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
2 tbsp chia seeds, ground (preferably black chia) *grind in coffee grinder or Vitamix

Wet:
2 organic eggs, beaten
2 bananas, mashed
1 cup almond milk (can use soy or rice milk)
1/3 cup melted organic butter (or virgin coconut oil)
½ cup coconut palm sugar (or organic sugar)
zest of one lemon (be sure to grate the very top layer of the lemon, not the bitter white part underneath)

1 cup blueberries
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Preheat Oven 350 degrees

Mixing Bowl 1:
Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl.

Mixing Bowl 2:
Beat the eggs and bananas together, add in the milk, melted butter, sugar, and lemon
zest.

Slowly add in the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the blueberries.
Pour batter into a greased or lined muffin pan, you will yield 12 muffins from this recipe.

Bake 350 F for 30 minutes or until a knife is inserted in the center and comes out clean.
Let cool and enjoy.

So go and make these and let me know how they taste and how you feel!  I recently made a batch for a friend who just had a baby (Orange Raspberry Muffins for Blood Deficiency) and she proclaimed they are the best gluten free muffins she’s ever had.  🙂

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4 Responses to “Muffins Reduce Anxiety? These ones do!”

  1. Cynthia June 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I made these this morning for a brunch. They came out beautifully – moist, not too sweet and surprisingly filling. I will definitely be making them again. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. Karen DeBraal July 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    I have been making muffins like these and with a bunch of variations for years. My favorite breakfast food!

  3. Manuela December 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    Hey Tara! I don’t have a vitamix or coffee grinder. I just tried to grid the chia seeds in my food processor and they just spun around without being affected at all… it was kind of funny actually 🙂 I have a mortar and pestle which kind of works but doesn’t get them into powder form. How important is it for the chia seeds to be fully ground? Do I need to get a coffee grinder?

    Thank you so much in advance! Happy New Year! 🙂
    Manuela

    • Tara Akuna December 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

      Hi Manuela, thanks for your message. Getting the chia ground seems to be fairly important because you want them to get really gelatinous for your baking. I don’t use xanthan gum (don’t like it and also how it’s fed gmo foods like corn and soy), so I use chia seeds as a natural binder (and a great yin builder).
      I bet you can buy ground chia at the store next time. Let me know how the motar and pestle works for you. These muffins are really moist because of the seeds and bananas, which makes them so delicious.
      Happy New Year to you too!

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