Gingerbread Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Christmas is just around the corner and nothing is better than the smell of cinnamon and gingerbread taking over your home! But if you’re worried about the unhealthy fats and refined sugar in conventional Christmas goodies, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this Gingerbread Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe.

Gingerbread Pumpkin Spice Muffins in paper liners with group spices sprinkled on table

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Great for a quick breakfast, a light afternoon snack, or a warm and hearty dessert, these muffins taste of pure Christmas, and will be a guaranteed hit at any event. Stay tuned for a vegan-and-gluten-free version that we will be posting soon!

Gingerbread Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

Author: Keikei Yip

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/8 cup maple syrup/ coconut nectar/ brown rice syrup
3 tbsp olive oil

Optional:
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
Pumpkin seeds, chopped nuts, dried fruits
Additional ground cinnamon or ginger

Gingerbread Pumpkin Spice Muffins - Muffin batter being stirred with whisk in clear glass bowl

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F or 175C.
  2. Spray your muffin tin with non-stick baking spray, or divide your muffin liners into the muffin tin.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, Himalayan rock salt, and the ground spices.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, egg, coconut sugar, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup. Mix until well combined, and all the coconut sugar has dissolved.
  5. Create a well in the middle of your dry ingredients, and slowly pour the wet ingredients in. Stir until just combined.
  6. If you are using chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, or other add-ins, fold them into the batter (be careful not to over-mix!).
  7. Divide the batter into 6 muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the muffins.
  9. Let it cool for about 10 minutes on a cooling rack before devouring!

Gingerbread Pumpkin Spice Muffins in paper liners in a vertical row

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For more Christmassy goodness (that you don’t have to make yourself!), check out our limited edition Christmas Specials Range! Be sure to order before December 20th to receive your items before Christmas!

Sticky
December 09, 2016

Easy Handmade Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything!

Soft Christmas carols play in the background as you stare at rows and rows of colourful shelves. You’re trying to answer the age-old question:

“What do you get a girl who has everything?”

Handmade Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything - Girl in red dress with many colourful shopping bags in each hand

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I feel you. It’s hard when you want to show someone you care, but all the gift options you see are too expensive, or boring, or have no practical use.

“Maybe I can hand make something”, you think – but you’re worried you don’t have the skills. Visions of photo collages and papier-mâché sculptures cross your mind and you shudder.

Handmade Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything - Papier-mache sculpture of snowman in blue hat and red scarf

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But what if I told you that you could hand make Christmas gifts that are fun, beautiful, useful, and inexpensive?

And what if I told you it would require absolutely ZERO skills?

Here are ideas for 5 easy handmade gifts for the girl who has everything!

Mint Sugar Body Scrub

Easy Handmade Gifts for The Girl Who Has Everything - Jar of light green mint peppermint sugar body scrub tied with red and white string

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Forget store-bought shower gels and loofahs – you can make your very own all natural exfoliating body scrub! And the best part is – it smells like Christmas. This mint sugar body scrub looks beautiful in a small glass jar, has a minty fresh fragrance, and is super useful -because who doesn’t love a natural exfoliant?

Skill required: Stirring with a spoon. Literally.

Everything but Ice Cream

Easy Handmade Gifts for The Girl Who Has Everything - basket of ice cream toppings and cones with a wooden background

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Calling all dessert lovers! Now you can give the gift of a portable ice cream sundae bar – minus the ice cream. Put together a little basket of delicious ice cream toppings – chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, sauces, candy…anything at all! Bonus points if you repackage the toppings with cute vintage labels!

Skill required: Scooping food into little plastic packets…and putting them into a basket.

Paint Dipped Kitchen Utensils

Easy Handmade Gifts for The Girl Who Has Everything - Wooden kitchen utensils with striped paint in 3 shades of blue

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These painted wooden utensils are so simple and pretty, they’d brighten up any kitchen in an instant (even if they’re pure decoration – not all girls cook). All you need are wooden utensils and acrylic paints – bonus points if you match the colour of her kitchen!

Skill required: Painting a few solid blocks of colour.

Flavoured Salts

Easy Handmade Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything - 3 jars of colourful flavoured salts on a wooden board tied with a ribbon and a sprig of greenery

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Here’s a fun idea for a girl who does cook – little jars of flavoured salts. Whether it’s throwing together simple meals in a hurry, or preparing gourmet meals on the daily, pre-flavoured salts are fun, convenient, and look very pretty in little glass jars lined on a countertop.

Skill required: Grating a citrus fruit (it’s easier than it sounds) and mixing ingredients with salt.

Christmas in a Box

For the girl who loves to eat (most girls do) – give the gift of Christmas in a box. These healthy treats are handmade (just not by you!) and feature flavours that are wonderfully Christmassy! You might have to get some for yourself too, though..she may not want to share!

Skill required: Zero.

Easy Handmade Gifts for The Girl Who Has Everything - Amazin' Graze Gift Box containing Fruitcake Granola, Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies, and Orange Blossom Cranberry Cookies

So there you have it! Easy handmade gifts for the girl who has everything. Go on – it’s time to make something Amazin’!

And don’t forget to check out our full Christmas range – all available at 10% off for this week only! Shop away!

Sticky
December 02, 2016