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7 Homemade Muffin Recipes You Can’t Resist

7 Homemade Muffin Recipes You Can’t Resist

Who doesn’t love the humble muffin? A cake that you can eat for breakfast–what’s not to love? But sometimes muffins can feel a bit boring. It’s one of those foods that’s become so popular it doesn’t feel special. There’s nothing wrong with chocolate chips but there is a whole world of other flavors out there just waiting to be devoured with a cup of coffee. Muffins are one of the easiest cakes to make and are great to make with children. Here are seven of my favorite recipes you can make at home. I suggest you make a double-batch as they are guaranteed to disappear before you know it.

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Vegan)

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    Peanut butter and chocolate are tried and tested flavor buddies and these Peanut Butter Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are the perfect treat. If you’ve never tried zucchini in cakes, then you are missing out. Zucchini adds a lovely moistness which works particularly well with chocolate. This muffin is moist, chocolatey and made with whole wheat flour so you can get the day off to a good start. To top it all off, they’re vegan so it’s a great recipe to have up your sleeve for vegan guests.

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    2. Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Muffins

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      If you’re a pumpkin lover then you have to try these out. These muffins are made with pumpkin purée, flavored with just the right amount of pumpkin pie spice, and filled with deliciously tangy cream cheese. They are so simple to make yet look stunning. These are definitely a great bake if you want to impress guests.

      3. Pull Apart Bacon French Toast Muffins

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        These comforting muffins, studded with tasty bacon surprises and smothered in maple syrup, are great for the morning after. A cross between french toast and muffins, they are a cinch to make in a hurry. You don’t even need baking scales–they are that simple. If bacon’s not your thing then replace it with sausage, or try chunks of banana with a sprinkling of cinnamon. These beauties would also make a superb brunch dish and can be frozen in advance and simply crisped up in the oven when your guests arrive.

        4. Egg, Turkey & Stuffin’ Muffins {with Blender Sage Hollandaise}

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          If you have a few too many leftovers lingering in the fridge after Thanksgiving or Christmas, then this recipe is a deliciously easy way to use them up. Time it just right and you’ll have a deliciously runny egg yolk as well as lashings of hollandaise sauce to mop up.

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          5. Gooseberry Crumble Cheesecake Muffins

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            These muffins hide a cheesecake surprise in their centre and the crumbly streusel-style topping adds an extra layer of texture. The tartness of the gooseberries and the tang of the cheesecake offset the sweetness of the muffins, so they’re beautifully balanced and not overarchingly sweet. This is another recipe that is really simple to make but looks impressive.

            6. Potato Chocolate Muffins

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              If you have leftover mashed potato, then you’re in luck because these Potato Chocolate Muffins are a great way to use it up. The potato makes these muffins deliciously moist. Why not take them to another level with a drizzle of chocolate sauce? These are great for packing in lunchboxes for an extra special lunch time treat.

              7. French Breakfast Puffs

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                If regular muffins are a bit on the stodgy side for your taste, then these perfectly sweetened, light and airy muffins topped with cinnamon sugar won’t let you down. These buttery treats are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee and will make your house smell divine. They are best eaten slightly warm (if you can resist that long of course).

                Featured photo credit: Gooseberry Crumble Cheesecake Muffins / Stuff and Nomsense via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                  Why You Need a Vision

                  Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                  How to Create Your Life Vision

                  Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                  What Do You Want?

                  The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                  It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                  Some tips to guide you:

                  • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                  • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                  • Give yourself permission to dream.
                  • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                  • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                  Some questions to start your exploration:

                  • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                  • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                  • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                  • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                  • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                  • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                  • What qualities would you like to develop?
                  • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                  • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                  • What would you most like to accomplish?
                  • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                  It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                  What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                  Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                  A few prompts to get you started:

                  • What will you have accomplished already?
                  • How will you feel about yourself?
                  • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                  • What does your ideal day look like?
                  • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                  • What would you be doing?
                  • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                  • How are you dressed?
                  • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                  • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                  • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                  It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                  Plan Backwards

                  It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                  • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                  • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                  • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                  • What important actions would you have had to take?
                  • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                  • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                  • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                  • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                  • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                  Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                  It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                  Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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