Chocolate Chip Muffins


I made these for breakfast on valentines day, thought it would be a good way to start the day – with a treat 🙂

I was planning to make some plain muffins with just blueberries, and some with chocolate. However as I was mixing the batter I saw some passion fruit which needed to be eaten and thought passion! – the correct ingredient to add to the chocolate muffins. I liked the combination from eating them with pancakes as mentioned in a previous recipe. It turned out to be a good experiment. I used some fresh passion fruit and some from the Easiyo squirt packet, which is normally used to flavour yoghurt. The taste of the fruit in the muffins was subtle but there were parts that had a very good tangy and sweet taste, with a little crunch from the seeds. So I guess my little experiment goes to show that you can add any kind of fruit, fresh, dried or jams to your taste, of course you may need to change the amount of sugar accordingly. In the past I’ve added blueberries, blackberries and cherries.

Because there are no eggs in this recipe, they don’t keep as well and have to be eaten within the week – although you may not have many left.  The smell and taste when eaten warm out of the oven is something else 🙂

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Pumpkin & Candied Ginger Muffins

I had seen a recipe for muffins last year on a website, Simply Recipes, then this year I decided on giving them a go. As my sons birthday was in October and he had just started Montessori school, I thought of making something different to give to his classmates for his birthday, so I changed the original recipe.  I added oats, extra candied ginger, spices and milk and removed the eggs and nuts. He helped me make them and everyone at his school enjoyed them a great deal. This means my job is done, giving him homemade food which is good for him and he likes it as a treat.

I usually make muffins with bananas and oats, but after making these I really like them and am glad I tried the recipe (even a year late), it is a good warming muffin. I think you should give them a go, and let me know what you think of them.

Pumpkin & Candied Ginger Muffins

You can reduce the amount of sugar as the pumpkin is naturally sweet and the candied ginger has added sugar. To make a different variation you can add raisins, chopped nuts or chocolate chips.
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