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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 December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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