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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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                11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                2. Stress Relief

                Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                3. Improved Sleep

                Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                4. Appetite Control

                Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                7. Mosquito Repellant

                Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                8. Pain Relief

                While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                9. The New Anti-Viral

                Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                10. Improved Cognitive Function

                Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                11. Money Saving

                With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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