Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

I often make tremendous modificationS to recipes as they suit my taste, but this recipe was divine! I did of course swap out some ingredients for dietary reasons but I do urge you to take a look at the original recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction (@sallysbakeblog on Instagram). She has very elegantly described why the process is the way that it is along with substitutions such as frozen blueberries. The recipe below is as I have made it, with gluten and dairy substitutions.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup oat, almond or coconut milk. (You can use real milk if not making this dairy free)
  • 1 cup old fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour (all purpose is best. You can use others but the taste will change)
  • 3/4 teaspoon xantham gum (if your flour does not already include it)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, coconut oil or vegetable shortening, melted but cooled. (Use real butter if you’re not making this recipe dairy free)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, brought to room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries (I did add more blueberries than the original called for)

Add the whole oats to a bowl and add the milk, making to sure cover all the oats. The oats should absorb the milk – though Li kely not all of it – to become fluffy. Should take 20min.

In the meantime, bring the egg to room temp. Melt the butter and bring to let cool. You want to make sure the butter is not hot enough to cook the egg when you mix them together.

Preheat the oven to 425-degrees. Prep the muffin tin by placing liners inside, OR, spray with coconut cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon).

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, butter, honey, vanilla. Not a lot of whisking will be required to mix the ingredients evenly.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix slightly. Add the oats including the milk, and the blueberries and fold the mixture so that its evenly mixed.

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Use a 3 tbsp scoop or a spoons to pour the mixture into the wells.

Bake for 5 min at 425 and then bring the temperature down to 350 and cook for another 16min. Cool the muffins in the tin for 5 min then transfer to a wire rack.

Progestin making you bloat?

One of the messages that I try to convey to my readers is that you MUST listen to your body. The other message – which is a mucher harder one to convey and certainly harder for my readers to follow through on – is to be your own advocate. Sometimes your physicians are not as educated about hormones and birth control options as they should be. But as a sufferer of endometriosis you know that birth control is the first line of defense for reducing period pain. In some cases, its used to abolish your period altogether so that by eliminating your cycle, you eliminate the pain that comes with it.

The first time I went on birth control was at the age of 14. Birth control in the late 90’s were not what they are today. I mean, for the most part it was just a bunch of hormone and a whole lotta side effects. I gained about 40 lbs and that is NOT the age you want to be feeling overweight. I stopped taking the pill out of self consciousness but eventually resumed the pill a year later simply because the pain was too unbearable. Nevertheless I have been on many forms of birth control for over 20 years. Some worked, others didnt, and sometimes they start out working but lose its efficacy over time.

After my second lap in March 2018 I was put on Visanne. Technically I was supposed to go on it before my surgery but I forgot (oops!). The idea with Visanne is that its a progestin-only oral pill, so the goal is to reduce the estrogen in your body and hence reduce the bleeding/pain and growth of endometrium (which is found in your uterus) and endometrial lesions (potentially outside of your uterine cavity). In addition, I was asked to take them continuously to abolish my cycle altogether. It didn’t work!!!! Not only did it NOT WORK but it made me feel bloated and gross and unattractive. Over the course of 6 months I was having constant endo-belly. I mean, everyday, all the time. I literally had to buy a whole new wardrobe to accommodate my wider midsection. Ladies this is not the way of life!! So I did what no patient should do… I stopped taking it and switched to the pack of old birth control pills I was taking (and loved!) before my surgery. I knew it was only a month before I was scheduled to see my new specialist so really, what could be the harm? Initially I think the results were psychosomatic but I instantly felt more human. Then, the physical symptoms followed. The bloating over the course of 1 month was dramatic. Well,.. at least it felt dramatic.

 

 

 

 

Once I was able to sit down with my new specialist (new because I moved across the country from Vancouver to Ottawa), we looked at the big picture. Not only was visanne not impacting my hormone cycle, but it was bloating me. Then you add in that I have ulcerative colitis and it paints a better picture of why my body may not be absorbing the pill format of the hormone. That’s when we brought in Mirena – a progestin-only IUD. Without going into details about the procedure or the discomfort, the fact of the matter is Mirena is doing what its supposed to do. Month over month my periods are lighter. I’ve heard it takes about 7-8 months before its completely unnoticeable but I’m not there yet. I still feel period cramping without the bleeding, but i’m only 4 months in. Moreover, the progestin in this format is isolated to my pelvic cavity which means it doesn’t have the opportunity to bind to progesterone receptors near or on my gut. I’ve had zero bloating (minus the occasional endo belly which I mitigate with my diet) for 3 months at least.

Remember. The goal is to listen to your body and challenge your doctor when you KNOW your quality of life is not optimal. Think outside the box. Read up on options and present them to your doctor. And above all, if you ever have any questions please message me. You can email me, or DM me on social media (@crampmystyleblog).

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