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Bake for the Cure

by Meghann on October 7, 2010

It’s about to get a little pink up in here!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have teamed up with ACH Foods to participate in their Bake for the Cure challenge.

Bake for the Cure is an ACH Foods initiative that benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure and encourages people to share the activity of baking with the survivors and loved ones in their lives.  You can learn more about Bake for the Cure at www.bakeforthecure.com.

As some of you may or may not be aware, I have a very personal connection with breast cancer. Over a decade ago I lost my Aunt Joan to the awful cancer. She was a fighter and she was strong, but there are just some things our bodies too much to handle.

Every year my family contributes what we can by participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k.

Last year our team raised over $1500! And the year before we raised $800!

Sadly I will not be able to walk this year (damn my traveling schedule!), but if you would still like to make a donation to Team Pink Elephants (my Aunt loved elephants 🙂 ) then you can do so at this link.

Since I am unable to attend the walk this year, I will be raising breast cancer awareness in honor of my aunt by baking for the cure instead.

Each week I will be baking one recipe from the Bake for the Cure Cookbook and another recipe of my own using one of the ACH products. *please note I was sent a free copy of the cookbook and a supply of ACH products to participate in this contest.

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The Bake for the Cure Cookbook is a great one. It’s filled to the brim with tasty, beautiful recipes that seem easy to bake (even for a novice like me!). You can purchase your own copy of the Bake for the Cure Cookbook through the Bake for the Cure website for only $2. All proceeds directly benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

After skimming the book, I thought it was only appropriate to bake up a big batch of the Flax & Fruit Muffins for breakfast.

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The recipe was fairly easy and simple to follow. I made the whole batch –start to finish- between running 3 miles (my last run before Sunday – AHHH!!!) and leaving for work. Prep time was maybe 20 minutes and bake time was about the same.

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Oh! I forgot to mention! We were supposed to give the recipe a ‘unique twist.’

Let me introduce you to my twist…

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A heaping 1/4 cup of Peanut Flour gave these muffins a nice burst of protein.

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I personally enjoy the shredding portion of any recipe 🙂

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They baked while I showered.

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The end result was dense, tasty muffin.

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I kept a few for myself and brought the rest to work to share. They were gone about 10 minutes after I set them down (still warm from the oven) and everyone thanked me for bringing in a batch of healthy muffins. 🙂

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I crumbled a muffin on top of some yogurt and cantaloupe for breakfast this morning then topped it all off with a scoop of almond butter.

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And had another muffin as a mid-morning snack.

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Yum! 🙂

Lunch was some boring left overs.

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Yes, the micorwaved fish made the kitchen stink and yes, my co-workers hated me for it. At least I brought them muffins this morning though, right? 😉

Joy Bauer

I’ve been presented with the opportunity to interview Joy Bauer for an upcoming blog post. If you have any questions you would like to ask the Today Show Nutrition expert leave it in the comments section and I’ll be sure to ask!! 🙂

1 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) October 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Oh these muffins look fabulous. I sure wish I had someone like you working in my office! All I see are Dunkin Donut boxes! Aye

2 Freya October 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Ooh I want one of those muffins! Or some peanut flour..that would do 😀
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3 Evan Thomas October 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Tell Joy Bauer I think she’s awesome and ask her when Matt Lauer’s going to get fired so I can come take his place =-D

4 Emily [Emilyeatsclean] October 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I wanna get some PB flour! Those muffins look delish!
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5 Amanda October 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Peanut flour, I feel, makes a GREAT twist. Yum!
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6 Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Ah Joy Bauer, that’s awesome!!!! Can’t wait to read it 🙂
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7 Dynamics October 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I have a hard time eating enough protein. Addressing this issue would be great.

8 Alyssa October 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Those muffins look great!

I have a question, but it’s completely not food related 🙂 Did you start “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” yet?

9 Meghann October 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

*lowers her head in shame* I got 5 pages into it and moved on to Shoppaholic. 🙁

10 Alyssa October 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Oh well 🙂 You’ll get to it, after Shoppaholic perhaps? Once you start reading and get into the story you won’t be able to stop 🙂

11 wendy sue October 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

where do you get peanut flour?
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12 Beth @ bride in the little white dress October 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

You can get peanut flour at Trader Joe’s. 🙂

13 Dynamics October 8, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Really interesting how a photo can be deceptive to my eyes. I was looking for a 5 pound bag. I was surprised it was so tiny.

14 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

YUM, those look so delicious!
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15 Lauren October 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

As a recently converted vegetarian, I’ve been looking for good, solid information on any supplements that people should consider taking when they exclude meat from their diets (e.g., B-12, iron). I’d love to hear Joy Bauer’s thoughts on that topic!

P.S.: Thanks for your wonderful blog. I enjoy it daily and have been feeling particularly appreciative of it this week after the publication of a certain article. 🙂

16 kristen October 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

If you can, please ask Joy some advice on taming a sweet tooth! Some real life examples to resist temptations of sweets and not feel so deprived. I have tried many tips to no avail.

Thanks!

17 Melissa October 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

mmmmm muffins! How do you tempt people to eat your healthy stuff??? Everyone I work with gives me a goofy look and walks away. My stuff is quite yummy and I have never had a problem giving food. I even work with Nutrition people! gah! Going to try these muffins 🙂
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18 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) October 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

The muffins look really good I’m glad your colleagues appreciated them, I’m not sure mine would be too impressed with healthy muffins!
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19 Emilie October 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I would like to ask- is it possible that some people need more carbohydrate than others, in the form of grains? I find that if I don’t get a sizable portion of whole grains at each meal I am weak and hungry- even if my calories stay the same. Just wondering if our protein/carb/fat needs actually differ that much from individual to individual.
Thanks!

20 Krystina October 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Yum! Those even look healthy.
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21 kate October 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Muffins get such an unhealthy rep but these ones look great! I love your sunflower bowl.
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22 Tori October 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I have a question!

What are her thoughts on a strictly Primal diet. That’s basicaly meat and vegetables. No processed food, and no wheat!
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23 Erin October 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

My team and I just ran the race for the cure this past weekend. Our team raised $3030.00… all of us were so excited to have raised so much money for such an amazing cause. Good luck this weekend!!!

24 Lisa @ bakebikeblog October 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm

oh yummo! THese look wonderful!
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25 Laura October 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Those muffins look yummy! I may have to get the cookbook if it has recipes like that, and it seems like a pretty good deal at just $2. Plus, I’m all for anything benefitting Komen. My mom’s a three-time survivor, and my grandmother’s a two-time survivor.

No questions for Joy, but that’s a cool opportunity. I can’t wait to read it!

26 Lauren October 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm

My company is doing Bake for the Cure next week. Even though I can’t bake, I am seriously considering pulling out something for this! I’ll be walking in the 5k too! Such a tremendous cause!
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27 Natalie @ simply fit. simply clean. October 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I just bought this peanut flour a few weeks ago and with my crazy schedule, forgot I had it! Thanks for the reminder. Muffins look outstanding. What an exciting interview!
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28 Rachel October 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm

A nice, dense muffin lets you know you’re eating something substantial! Those look like my kind of muffins and it’s hard to pass up a cookbook for a cause.
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29 Hope October 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Those muffins sound gooooooood!
Oh, I am so bad at the shredding part on any recipe, I always manage to catch my fingers lol…I can’t believe I just admitted that!
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30 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I take part in the CBCF Run for the Cure every year. It’s held across Canada and was held last weekend.
http://gamereviewwiki.com/bikinibirthday/2010/10/03/run-for-the-cure-2010/
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31 Jessica@tastyandtrim October 8, 2010 at 12:29 am

Those muffins look great! I need to get my hands on some of that peanut flour this weekend!
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32 Fallon October 8, 2010 at 1:41 am

Thanks for sharing about the cookbook for Bake For The Cure. What a great idea! Very affordable and it for a great cause. One of my favorite benefits to donate too.
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33 Caitlin October 8, 2010 at 7:56 am

I donated to get that cookbook last year. It has a lot of simple, easy recipes. The first thing I made out of it was the muffins as well. They were good, but got really sticky by the next day!

I love The Today Show and Joy Bauer. I would ask her what she thought was the most healthy bagged lunch to take to work? (I start a new job soon and am a little clueless)!

34 Vasu October 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Where can you buy peanut flour? I’ve never seen it before – looks interesting!

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