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Spicy Chai Latte Blender Muffins

I love Saturday mornings, and I LOVE cold weather. It might be premature to say it’s ‘cold’ outside, but we’re getting there! Being a nurse, I used to work most Saturdays- especially since weekend shifts are the ones that you want to pick up when you’re new to the profession. I loved Saturdays for a different reason when I was working them- but now that we’ve got Gabs and I’m working less, Saturday mornings usually consist of: fresh brewed coffee, breakfast with the husband, snuggles with Gabs, and watching soccer while watching the sun come up.

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It’s great. I love it.

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Aaaand Gabs is 7 months now!! I’ve been without a phone for a couple days, so I don’t have a good new picture of her (Gasp! The horror!) but I’m sure that’ll be rectified soon. In the meantime, I have some delicious muffins for ya’ll.

You can make ’em in the blender.

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My mom recently got a Vitamix (totes jelly) and it came with a fantastic recipe book for making pretty much anything in a blender! I don’t have a Vitamix, but I just used my regular blender for the muffins and things turned out okay. Deliciously okay.

We changed up a couple things on the recipe to suit our tastes, aka less sugar, less chocolate chips (what?) and spicy chai latte mix.

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If the name of the recipe has ‘chai’ in it, that means it’s healthy right?? I don’t know, but these are super good and a perfect breakfast, snack, or post-workout re-fueler. In this case, a pre-workout snack- I’ve started going to some classes at my gym and am hooked. I don’t know how I keep going back because usually I can’t hardly move for 2 days after the class. Muscle Blast and Spin Class are my recommendations so far- each is led by an awesome instructor who is awesome at motivation and using music to keep up the intensity.

She made me do an extra set of push-ups because I merely mentioned Krispy Kreme in her class. Yeah. I LOVE intense fitness instructors though- I’m a glutton for punishment. Anyways, I usually save breakfast for after class, but these muffins are small enough and not super sweet, so they are a perfect energizer for a good workout.

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Best part about using a blender to make muffins? To clean the blender, Vitamix recommends just blending hot water and a drop of soap for 30 sec or so, and then rinsing. Then wah-LA! Clean! Changed my life.

Hope your weekend is wonderful!

~M

 

Blender Chai Latte Muffins 

adapted from the Vitamix recipe for Jamocha Tea Bread

Makes 12

INgredients:

{dry}

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 TBSP spicy chai latte mix

{wet}

2 eggs

1 stick of butter, softened

1/2 greek yogurt

1/2 milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In the blender, put all the {wet} ingredients. Once fully blended, add the blender mixture to the dry mixture and stir well. Add more chai mix to taste 🙂 Bake for about 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy warm with BUTTER!!

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Gabkins’ Whole Wheat Pumpkin Coffeecake Muffins

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Gabkins. Gabbeecake. Gabby pie. Gabberroo. Glably. Punkin. Gabby. Pumpkin Pie. Sweetcheeks. Gabbybear. Boogabble. Gabbypear. Gabbylou. Fluffernutter. Gabs. Sweetie Pie. Princess. Gabmuffin. Gabserella. Gabzilla (when she’s mad). Gabbypoo (when she’s dirty). Chub-chub choo train. Drooly-bear. Gabba-Gabbo-goo.

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These are just a few of my daughters’ many nicknames that we have come up with.

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The other day I must have called her Gabbeecake and Punkin really close together because all of the sudden I really wanted to make Pumpkin Coffeecake Muffins.

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And THAT, is the story of my Thursday morning.

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~M

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins
adapted from Crumbs And Chaos
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
15oz can pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour { I used 1 cup whole wheat flour & 1 cup AP flour.}
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
 {or you can use 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon,ginger, nutmeg, salt & cloves}
Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons cold butter

Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs beating well after each egg is added. Combine pumpkin and vanilla and set aside. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice. Gradually add flour mixture and pumpkin mixture to creamed sugar, alternating between wet and dry.

For the streusel, add all topping ingredients into a food processor and pulse until combined.
Grease a muffin tin and spoon one dollop of the batter into each muffin slot- then layer a spoonful of streusel. Cover layer of streusel with more batter until 2/3 full- then top again generously with streusel.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes and enjoy hot!

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