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I actually enjoy cold, rainy days.

They offer a good excuse to stay home and be lazy. (Unfortunately, they’re not so fun when you actually have to go out in the cold rain.) Yesterday was the epitome of a rainy day, which meant: laziness on the menu! Here’s how my laziness manifested itself:

microwave muffin

Above, a microwave muffin – a microwave version of a Single Lady Muffin.

I sprayed a little dish (you could use a coffee mug) with coconut oil spray, scooped in the batter for a Single Lady Cupcake (with chocolate pieces, natch), and microwaved for 90 seconds. Behold the yumminess:

muffin in the microwave

A note about the “lazy-girl” microwave version: If you’re using only applesauce, not oil, just keep in mind that the microwaved cake is a bit drier than the oven version. It’s still plenty yummy, though! Next up might have to be a savory version:

  • Broccoli + nutritional yeast = Cheesy Broccoli Muffins
  • Nutritional yeast (or vegan cheese) + tomato sauce = Pizza Muffins!
  • Ooh or maybe even corn muffins? Microwave corn muffins in only 5 minutes?! Bring on the rain!

Do you ever have “lazy” days?

Y’know, days where you don’t even want to get outta your PJs? How do you motivate yourself (if you do!) on those days? And do you like rainy days? Are there any special activities (such as baking, reading, scrapbooking, etc.) that you like to do on rainy days?  Personally, I could do without cold rain. But I am a fan of warm rainy days. I even enjoy running in it.

You might recall I am gorgeous when wet. Of course, by gorgeous, I mean that Rachel’s hairless Sphinx cat and I could be twins (Friends-reference number 5,462 on this blog). Actually, even when I’m not wet, my hair doesn’t much like the rain. But I think frizzy hair on rainy days is probably a universal problem. 😕

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Ugh I get total frizzy hair in the rain too!

    LMAO at Rachel’s sphinx cat. I love that I get all of your Friends’ references. I swear everyone has seen that show!

    Microwaved corn muffins sound great — I’d love to have one of those right now!

  2. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Oh no, you really are gorgeous when wet! And dry too!

    We don’t have a microwave, so I won’t be able to try this recipe, even though it looks delicious. We may make a few in the toaster oven though. Yummy!

    Rainy/blizzardy/icky days when I don’t have to go to work = lazy pyjama days. I am content lazing around in my pyjamas all day long watching movies, reading by the fireplace, and doing random little things around the house. Somehow, wearing pyjamas is motivating in itself; I get so much done on icky days.

    1. Eh, no worries if you don’t have a microwave. Honestly, if you have a little time to be waiting around the kitchen, my favorite version of this muffin is in the oven, made with spelt flour… and coconut oil, of course ;).

  3. Stefanie says:

    Sundays are usually my lazy day. After a long week of school and cleaning the house, I need a day to just relax. Sometimes you just can’t fight the lazy day feeling. Rain is nice but only when I am home to watch it. Your muffins look great. :)

  4. I <3 rainy days :) I love staying inside while the lightning hits and baking up fantastic recipes!! And curling up in bed with a good book…ahhh…relaxation!

  5. I love rainy days. ESPECIALLY when I can give my excuse to be lazy.

    Hate to say it, but youre making me want rain. gah. i take that back… kind of. 😉

    1. You can have our rain. Come take it, please!
      (Well, Texas probably needs the rain… but if you want the cold, you’re welcome to that!)

  6. abby says:

    katie! i have one of these in the microwave as i’m typing this! :)

    1. abby says:

      update: gah soooooooo good! i took your advice and made it with coconut oil, too. super yummy. thanks katie! i think i have a new favorite snack :) :) :).

  7. Everyday is a lazy day for me. In fact, my sweat pants are divided in to “school sweats” and “lazy sweats”. There is a clear difference, I assure you!

    1. kate says:

      haha i just wear pajama pants to school! no need to change :).

  8. Kate says:

    Ahahaha that cat was the ugliest thing ever! I love how she gave it to Gunther in the end. Please don’t ever stop with the Friends references. I miss that show! Nothing compares, ya know?
    P.S. I love anything that can be made in a microwave :).

  9. Cindy says:

    oh my gosh remember the “smelly cat” song?

    god I loved Friends.

    so i guess I need to give a microwave muffin a try.

    and I don’t have to be pressured too hard to stay in my pj’s all day and neither does my family. hehe
    and we LOVE a good rain day (and yes only if I don’t have to be OUT in it.)

    unless by “out” we mean jumping in rain puddles.

    that’s fun!

    1. Smelly cat smelly cat what are they feeding you?
      Smelly cat smelly cat it’s not your fault…
      😉

  10. I have a love-hate relationship with rainy days. Just like you, I love staying indoors when it’s pouring. I also find that running in the rain is exhilarating! The thing I hate the most, though, is going to school on a rainy day – So depressing!! Yuck!

    1. Agreed! Cause you get there and you’re all wet and then you have to sit in class and freeze :(

  11. Katie,
    So glad you enjoyed the microwave version – sometimes the best ideas come from being lazy. Your cupcake looks perfect, and I want it right now…with ice-cream! :) I also can’t wait to try a pizza muffin – now that is genius!

    I’m with you – I don’t mind a nice rainy day every so often, but I can do without the cold. It’s kind of dreary here in Nashville today. Would be a perfect day for a good book, a nap, and a pizza muffin! :)

  12. Caitlin says:

    Haha Katie, glad to see you’re still lovin on my chocolate ;).

  13. She is a genius, isn’t she?! It is cold and rainy here today and that just makes me want to curl up in a ball and do nothing. I like warm rainy days too though. As for the hair, I won’t even bother today. Totally not worth the time! I hope it is a good day for you anyway!

    1. Yup, I mean look at the evidence: protein ice cream? Genius. Microwave muffin? Genius. Oats in a jar? Genius. I could go on and on! hehehe

  14. Gloria says:

    Ugh I hate cold weather too. And especially cold restaurants… Why must they freeze us out serving ice water and setting the A/C to “arctic”?!

    I love lazy, rainy days. Especially when I’m stuck in the office. I can just stare out the window and watch the rain fall in my comfy chair :)

    1. Ugh, no kidding! Malls do that too. It’s like, “Really? You want me to buy your clothes, but you aren’t exactly providing an environment that will make people want to try things on! Isn’t that counter-productive?!”

      1. I HATE air conditioning! With a passion! People in my office were turning it on all summer and bear in mind we’re in England, not Arizona and it wasn’t exactly a hot one, even for us!
        I’m actually wearing fewer layers to work now than I was in July… :-)

  15. Christin L. says:

    Man, that melty goodness looks sooooo good! HEAB is the best!

  16. Christin L. says:

    Man, that melty goodness looks soooo good! HEAB knows where it’s at!! :)

  17. VEGirl says:

    That looks so yummy. One problem though….. I don’t have a microwave. uess I’ll have to stick with the oven method! :(

    I totally have lazy days– I will just cook what I crave on those days. That food might be complicated or easy peasy! Some days I really don’t get outa my PJs, but most days love to go in the motions of getting ready, and then I can feel like a lazy, yet clean ;), person. Cold, rainy days are my favorite way to indulge in this habbit. It’s my instint just to curl up in a ball with my cat (who does the same!) and sip a hot drink!

    Oh yeah… fall is gonna be good!
    VEGirl

    1. VEGirl says:

      ack! just excuse all the horrible misspellings in that comment!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Coconut Oil SPRAY?? Where or where does THAT come from? I’ve thought about using it in my Mist-o, but it solidifies… and the mist-o isn’t microwaveable… ??? Please share!

    I have so got to try these single lady muffin/cupcakes! Me and the lil man can share one! (Or I’ll end up makin 2, a ‘single-lady’ and a ‘lil-man’. Lol!)

    1. Oh I definitely recommend it! It’s Spectrum brand, and you can find it at Whole Foods. I think it’s a bit more expensive (like $5?), but it actually has a pleasant taste, unlike Pam, which tastes gross to me.

      P.S. I love getting NICE anon comments every now and then, even if they weren’t meant to be anonymous lol! :)

      1. Thanks Katie!! I loooove WF, but I don’t go there much cause we haven’t got money to spend Lol… I’ve never even seen this I may have to splurge soon and try it! And yes, Pam is nasty, I use EVOO spray or evoo in my mist-o 😉

  19. Whoops. Why is my comment anonymous!? :( Sad!
    ~ Brandie

  20. Leslie says:

    I think it’s official: YOU have the best recipes and HEAB has the best ideas. So put you two together and WE out in blogland are the lucky ones who get to take advantage of both of you :). Thanks, girls!

  21. Lazy days…well, I’d like to have them but no, there is no time for that :)

    FT mom
    FT wife
    FT job
    FT home caretaker
    FT blogger
    = no for lazy days :) but I would like one! LOL

    These look great, as always, super creative and yummy looking!!!!!

    :)

  22. Albizia says:

    I like rainy days. I don’t want to stay in bed when it rains and I usually take my umbrella and go out. I only hate it when my shoes drown in some too deep puddle. That’s why heavy rain is better in the summer. Flip-flops don’t mind swimming :) . But storms are also the best time for reading a good book. When it’s dull outside, it’s really easy to feel like a part of the book.

    1. kate says:

      i ruined my favorite pair of shoes because of puddles! boo puddles!

  23. Valerie says:

    I’ll take four please! One for each kid. Oh and two for me ;).

  24. kristisn says:

    I love rainy days, but only if I can stay inside and don’t have to go out in it. I usually try to get a few things done around the house on rainy days, but often times am found curled up on the couch catching up on reading or my shows!
    Those muffins look great!

  25. Angela says:

    I just got finished eating lunch, and I had to run to my computer. Why? Because you’re a genius, that’s why! I just finished eating some Maple Melties. They were the tastiest treats ever–and no guilt! I used your recipe here:

    http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2010/11/01/one-ingredient-artisana-coconut-butter-melties/

    and added in maple syrup instead of agave. Highly recommended!

  26. Allison says:

    I love the microwave recipes. :) I use a microwave for 99.9% of my recipes now because I don’t have a stove in our dorm kitchen (AKA: lamesauce). I can’t wait to make these muffins. Keep the good food coming, Katie. :)
    And I have lazy days A LOT. It’s really hard to motivate myself, but usually if I just get up and get dressed to go for a run or go rock climbing, it usually helps. Or, I listen to my favorite “get pumped” music and I wake up. :) good stuffff.

    Aly :)

    1. Hahaha oh Aly, I completely feel your pain! I learned to be best friends with my floor’s microwave when I lived in a dorm. :)

  27. Amy says:

    Omg I want to make a gluten free version of that microwave muffin soo badly! I can’t wait to try it when I return home for thanksgiving break!

    Also that savory muffin sounds amazing

    I love nutritional yeast!

    Do you make your own vegan parmesan or do you buy “Parma”?
    If you do make your own… How do you make it?

    1. I actually don’t know that I’ve ever had vegan parmesan! Is the Parma good? I never really thought parmesan added anything to pasta dishes, so I didn’t feel the need to look for a substitute… but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be interested in trying it if it’s good!

  28. Lisa C. says:

    I made the pumpkin muffins and was in love. So I’m psyched to try em in the microwave. Love the idea. Thanks Katie. Thanks Heather, too!

  29. lisasfoods says:

    I love making cakes and things in the microwave. I found one a few years ago that’s really handy when we’re craving some chocolate cake…it’s especially good with some (dairy or non-dairy) yogurt on top, and would probably also be delicious with some coconut butter drizzled on. I still have to try that stuff.

  30. Sarahishealthy says:

    Microwave single serving muffins?!?! And I didn’t think I could love you more! I am going to try these babies out TODAY!
    I hate rainy days. Hate hate hate. As in, when I’m out on my own, I may seriously think about moving to the desert just because rainy days depress me so much. I need the sunshine. And more than that, I like it warm.

  31. I made one of your muffins (a peanut butter-y one) in the microwave using HEAB’s instructions recently. Good stuff! Your savory muffin ideas sound perfect for a quick side dish for a meal. I may have to try that. :)

    I love rainy days! They feel so cozy. I do prefer warm to cold rainy days, though.

  32. I love cold, rainy days too if I get to stay indoors for them 😛 Today’s definitely been a gray day but I had to go to class and commute, so bleh. But now I get to stay in a bake!! 😀 haha So that makes up for it 😛

  33. Okay, I am officially convinced. I need to try these!

  34. Tricia says:

    XP i hate rainy cold days, but i love lazy microwave recipes and this is pretty sweet! I’ll be using it often…

  35. Your muffin looks amazing – great idea of Heather’s to cook it in the microwave! :) Love the idea of pizza muffins too!

  36. Anonymous says:

    I’m a little upset over your last comment. Katie, you are beautiful, with glowing skin and shiny hair and basically what a lot of girls would like to look like. So when you say you look like a hairless cat, how do you think it makes us girls who aren’t so genetically blessed feel? Maybe you should think about that next time before putting yourself down.

    1. Hi anonymous,
      Would you mind if I answered your comment in a post? (I don’t want to make you uncomfortable, so if you’d like, I can take your comment down and just address the “idea” of your comment.) I’m so truly sorry that my words upset you, but please know that my comments were made in good fun. I don’t think I’m ugly, just silly-looking when I’m wet. Honestly I don’t think anyone looks their best when soaking wet ;). But I do understand your complaint, and therefore I thought it’d be a fun “body-image-boosting” idea to write a post where everyone says something they like about themselves. And I am upset at something YOU wrote: please never say you weren’t as “genetically blessed” as someone else. Beauty can mean so many different things to different people, and who is to say that some girl is “prettier” than another? It’s all subjective. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes it becomes necessary to give misinformed beholders a black eye.” That’s from the ever-so-wise Miss Piggy ;).

      1. Anonymous says:

        Yes Katie, please do address it. And you can use my comment. I left it anonymously so I couldn’t be embarrassed.
        Thanks for answering me at all. Honestly, I didn’t expect you to.

      2. Hannah says:

        Katie – thanks for your considerate comment that is at the same time so filled with self-confidence. However, I do have a question:

        I feel the same way as Anonymous does with regard to being “genetically blessed.” It can be so, so hard to feel genetically “screwed over,” for lack of a better term, sometimes, because so many of my friends have it much easier and don’t have to deal with the emotional and physical discomfort.

        Physical discomfort is worse though, because as much as we can tell ourselves to love ourselves, the physical pain is always going to be there. As an extreme example, how could you tell someone who was born with only one arm and one leg to not feel “genetically blessed”? I really appreciate and admire your kind comments Katie, I am just wondering about this one particular line.

      3. Hey Hannah, thanks for the thought-provoking comment. I guess I wouldn’t be able to give advice to someone born with one arm, because I’d have some nerve, ya know? Like, I’ve never been through the physical pain (or emotional pain I’m sure they got from being teased/stared at by other kids). So I’d have no business telling them how they should feel… I can’t even imagine the hardship, but I guess in that situation you have to just keep counting your blessings and looking at those worse off than you are (i.e. if you’re born with one arm, at least you don’t have cancer. If you do have cancer, at least you’re not starving in Ethiopia…). And it’s no use being jealous of people you think have it better than you, because you never know what they could be going through (or what they might go through in the future). As an example: freshman year, I thought this girl in the dorm next to me was PERFECT. She was absolutely gorgeous, with thick hair and perfect figure, etc. Plus, she was a sweetheart and was super-smart. In short? A lot of people (me included) were jealous of her (not in a mean way, just in a “she’s so lucky” way). But one day, I saw her in the kitchen lighting a candle, and when I asked why, she said it was for her mom who had died when she was 5. Suddenly, I didn’t want to be that girl anymore. I mean, to lose your mom at such a young age? So seriously, you never know what hardships someone else–who might seem perfect on the outside–is going through.
        But all that aside, I think it’s completely ok to feel sorry for yourself every once in a while if you were dealt what society would call a genetically-cursed hand in life. Just as long as you don’t spend your life wallowing in sorrow, it’s completely ok to feel sorry for yourself sometimes! Because life really isn’t fair.

      4. themalikwhey says:

        It’s so sad to hear of people who are suffering so much because they feel genetically “cursed”. It’s a cliche, but beauty really is something that comes from within – someone who is considered stereotypically “pretty” can become instantly unattractive if they have a mean spirit, and vice versa. And beauty is such a subjective thing – what one person considers ugly can be the most beautiful thing in the world to someone else (funnily enough, I think that “Shrek” illustrated this perfectly!).

        There’s actually a great Bible verse that sums it up:

        “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.”

        That’s not to say that it’s wrong to wear jewelry and make-up etc, but that you shouldn’t place stock in these things as the source of true beauty.

        I wrote a short blog post on this topic – mind if I link?

        Anyhow, I really hope that people start to see how blessed they are to have fully-functioning bodies, with arms, legs and hearts that beat every day!

      5. Yes, please feel free to leave links whenever you want!
        And thank you so much for sharing such a poignant Bible verse :).

  37. I saw how Heather made hers in the microwave; brilliant! A pesto-pizza muffin sounds awesome…

  38. Katie says:

    I made something similar for breakfast this morning, so yum! The combo of you and HEAB together is unstoppable! :-)

  39. Moni'sMeals says:

    love this version Katie, I will try it out!

    I love lazy days and never get them BUT I had 2 last minute cancelations tonight so I scored a “chill” night with dogs and husband before he heads out. So I guess tonight is a “lazy” one. ;)I work weekends too so I really need more of these lazy moments, hehe.

    I love rainy days too. :)

  40. Natalie says:

    I rarely like rain whether it is cold or not, but I do love wind. :) Those Cheesy Broccoli Muffins sound delicious! What I am really excited about though is… I didn’t know there was a coconut oil spray!! I am so happy to know it exists, now I need to get my hands on some.

  41. themalikwhey says:

    Thanks, it’s a pleasure :)

    Here’s the link – I actually ended up going into even more detail about the whole “inner beauty/fulfillment” thing in answer to somebody’s comment on the post.

    http://themalikwhey.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/you-are-beautiful/

  42. Victoria says:

    I made this using chocolate silk as the liquid. Not a true “cookie dough” unless it was a choco-choco cookie, but was so good!

    1. Oh my gosh, that sounds genius!

  43. gaby says:

    Oh my goodness, please post a savory version of this. That broccolli/nutch sounds amazing, but i dont trust myself to make it any good!

  44. MUG MUFFIN!!
    This is the best thing that has happened to me all week!
    I took more time EATING my muffin than I did making it!
    Thank you FOREVER!!
    <3

  45. carolyn says:

    This may be my breakfast tomorrow

  46. Sophie says:

    Let’s see…

    1) Your food is awesome

    2) You made a Friends reference

    3) Because of this I now love you [refer to #s 1 and 2]

  47. Kate says:

    Just made this tonight and it was amazing! It totally hit my chocolate muffin craving that I was having!