Nicole Rayy~ Blender Banana Dark Chocolate Muffins!!!

“I love food. I am always trying new recipes and new ways of eating. I have a big sweet tooth but I like to be healthy so this is one recipe I make a lot. I even baked these tasty healthy muffins when I went on radio tour and brought them to all the stations” :)~ Nicole Rayy

Blender Banana Dark Chocolate Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

2 cups oats (quick cooking or old fashioned)
2 large very ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons honey*
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup mix-ins: dark chocolate chips (mini or regular)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-cup standard muffin tin or line with paper liners. If using liners, lightly grease them as well. Set aside.
Place the all ingredients but the mix-ins in a blender or the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade: oats, bananas, eggs, Greek yogurt, honey, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend or process on high, stopping to scrape down and stir the ingredients once or twice as needed, until the batter is smooth and the oats have broken down almost completely, about 3 minutes. By hand, stir in the mix-ins. If the batter is warm from the appliance’s motor, the chocolate chips may melt and swirl as they are stirred. If this bothers you, let the batter cool for 10 minutes before adding them.
Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each no more than three-quarters of the way to the top. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips as desired. Bake for 15 minutes, until the tops of the muffins are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack and let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes. They will deflate but still taste delicious. Remove from the pan and enjoy!
*Feel free to adjust the honey to your preferred sweetness.
Store leftover muffins according to my guide, How to Store Muffins, or wrap tightly in plastic and freeze for up to 2 months.

Recipe adapted from Running with Spoons.

Nicole Rayy~ Q & A!!!

1.     Hi Nicole, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a musician?

Well even before I pursued being a singer full time I was always very musical. My mom told me I used to make up songs as a baby before I could talk. In school, I was that girl that was involved in all the school musicals and choirs. Even when I went off to University I spent my time singing in the dorm for my friends instead of writing essays. Music has always been my happy place.

2.     How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?

I always knew I wanted a career in music but I grew up listening to all genres of music not just country. I always admired the story telling aspect of country music. I liked that country songs were always honest and told real stories about people’s lives. That’s what I try to do with my songs too. My songs are always stories about real life and experiences I am going through. I think that’s why I got into country music. That being said, I love being able to pull elements from pop and rock to put into my music too.

3.     What is the story behind your latest single “Fireproof?

Fireproof is such an important song to me. It’s a song with what I think is a really great message. It talks about being hurt by someone but rising above it. I think that’s a message we all need more of, something we can all relate to. We all go through hard times in our lives and it can be so easy to get down on ourselves. With this song I am trying to spread the message that we can all make it through anything life throws at us. We are all strong, we are all capable, we are all worthy and we are all Fireproof.

4.     Who are some of your musical icons?
The list is so long! I could take up a whole page talking about artists I love, look up to and admire. I grew up listening to everything from country to rap. In country, I love artists from Shania Twain to Miranda Lambert, from Jonny Cash to Taylor Swift. I also love artists like Kelly Clarkson, Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson. I’m a huge Linkin Park fan and I’ve always loved Eminem. The list really go could on forever 🙂

5.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

Making even better music! This career path isn’t always an easy one, there will always be setbacks or creative slumps, or plenty of people that don’t like what you’re doing. I hope in 5 to 10 years to be making even better music then I am now. I always want to grow as an artist and continue to reach people with my music. If in 5 years from now I am making great music that truly resonates with people’s lives and I can support myself, then I will be happy.

6.     If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who it would be and why?

Another tough one because there a ton of artists and bands I’d love the get the opportunity to perform with. I was just talking with my mom recently on how cool it would be to perform with Linkin Park. They have been one of my favourite bands ever since I was a kid. They have some amazing lyrics! I think it would be pretty amazing to have a crossover in genres and perform together!

7.     Is there anything else coming up with your music for 2017?

It’s looking like a great summer! I am heading out to Calgary for a performance during Stampede week and I am really looking forward to performing at Manitoulin Country Fest in August. I am also heading back to Shanghai, China to perform at the World Music Festival for the third time this October!

8.     What is one accomplishment that you are most proud of so far that happened in your music career?

Well speaking of China, that has got to be one of the coolest highlights of my career so far. I’ve had the opportunity now to perform at The World Music Festival in Shanghai and I am heading back for a third time this year. I think I am most proud though when my music really touches someone’s life. Anytime I get a message from someone or someone comes up to me after a show to tell me that a certain song I wrote has really moved them or helped them get through something in their life, those are truly the best moments! That’s always been my goal with my music is to reach people. Anytime I accomplish that I am pretty proud.

9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“We accept the love we think we deserve”

I’ve always loved this one too… “Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats.”


Nicole Rayy~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Nicole Rayy Photo Credit Ian McCausland_0

Canadian Country singer/songwriter and pianist Nicole Rayy is a lively and strong force of musical talent. Since Rayy began writing music when she was a teenager, the core of Rayy’s music has always been, first and primary, to showcase herself as being as honest as possible.

Rayy first came on the Canadian Country Music Scene in 2012 with the release of her debut EP “Only Everything.” She recorded this EP with award-winning musician, composer and producer Lance Anderson of Cherry Beach Sound and enlisted well-known country guitarist and CCMA Hall of Fame recipient, Wendell Ferguson. “Only Everything” was a strong debut for Rayy, and it showcased the various range of emotion and vocal range throughout each song. Many Country Music Association of Ontario Award nominations had invited Rayy to perform at different festivals and venues. She has also got the chance to opened up for country music artists like Aaron Princhett and also toured across the nation and been apart of known events such as Maintoulin Country Fest, The Calgary Stampede. Rayy has also got the chance to be apart of the Canadian Country Music Week, with other country artists like Alee, Genevieve Fisher and Raquel Cole. Rayy has also got the honor to perform at the World Music Festival in Shanghai, China.

Rayy’s latest album “Dig” was produced at Noble Street Studio in Toronto, where many other well-known artists has work there. It was released in Fall 2016 and the album continues in the theme of inflexible honesty and tests listeners, as well as Rayy to dig deep down to the expressive core of themselves.

Rayy feels great on stage or in a recording studio and will never stage put in one place for a long time. She enjoys learning new things and she will always keep on writing and singing. If you enjoy Rayy’s music then check out her newest single “Fireproof” which is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Nicole Rayy then go take a look at


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