Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Yum

Over the weekend, the kids and I went to pick raspberries and blueberries. And man, did we come home with A LOT of blueberries. Most of them will be eaten fresh or frozen, as we are headed out of town soon, but that is A-OK. My kiddos love to eat frozen blueberries as a treat, so they are happy.
While picking, Phoebe ate about 10 berries for every one that she put in the bucket, but that's the best part, right? And..... we found a friend in one of the blueberry bushes! It surprised me at first-- you will find her picture below....

We froze some of the raspberries and the rest went into these muffins. I thought they were delicious. I have included my recipe below...

Raspberry-Chia-Cholcolate Chunk Muffins:


1 3/4 cups of flour (any kind will do)
1/2 cup sugar or your favorite sweetner
1 egg
3/4 cup milk or milk-ish product
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup of fresh raspberries
1 cup chocolate chunks or chips
1/4 cup chia seeds

What You Do:

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare muffin tins. Mix together egg, milk, oil and sugar. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Slowly mix in flour, salt and baking powder. After it is thoroughly mixed, add in chia seeds. Then fold in chocolate and raspberries.

Pour into muffin tins and bake at 350-F for about 20 minutes. Remove and let cool on rack.

These were a bit gooey with the raspberries, but they were yummy!

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  1. Yikes, not sure I would want to find that when I am blueberry picking :) We just finished picking strawberries. In a few weeks raspberries will be ready, and about a month before the blueberries are ready. I love how our growing seasons are so different. Those muffins look amazing!

  2. So many yummy berries! I will definitely have to try that recipe. Where I live in Australia, you most certainly would not want to find a friend like that as all of ours are deadly poisonous!

  3. I am picking blueberries daily here and loving every minute of it. I have five blueberry bushes that are 19 years old and now I need a ladder to reach berries.
    Thanks for the recipe for the muffins, I will be baking these soon.

  4. I love fresh blue berries - black berries too! I love the "friend" you found too. That recipe sounds like a good one! Enjoy your Friday!