Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins

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You know that feeling you get when you’re grocery shopping and you gaze upon a shiny box of a brand spankin’ new product. Excited and intrigued – – you pick it up, have a read about what all the jazz is about and then pop it into your cart.

Well that’s what happened, when my eyes pondered onto this bad boy.

How great does that sound, Cardamom Chai tea – it’s pre-packaged, not sweetened however it already comes with milk. The idea is, you just add water.

I thought – – cool, maybe it’s like a loose tea. I got home, opened it and brewed myself a cup.

My first observation, it was not loose tea. In fact it was simply a powdered substance. I added the water and at first, no sugar or sweetener. I wanted to see what it actually tasted like at first.

I took a sip. …. Let’s just say, NOT MY CUP OF TEA.

I added a little sugar, to see if a little sweetness could help the situation. It was a no go.

So, what did I like – – I like the idea that there was a strong taste of cardamom…. That’s about it.

And didn’t like? – It tasted like powder. The pre-packaged convenience of already adding powdered milk to the tea did not work well for me. While drinking the tea, I had to continuously stir it, so that the mixture wouldn’t settle at the bottom *yuck*. And even still, after consuming the cup – -there were strange bits at the bottom *yuck*.

I had to try it – – it sounded so good!! Would I buy it again? – no. Well, not to drink it as tea. But as I usually do when I find a product I don’t like – – I made muffins.

And so, Cardamom Chai Tea, turned into Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins. And these muffins, well they made all well in the world again.

Cardamom Chai Date Nut Muffins

1 box spiced cake mix

3 eggs

1 Cup warm water

1/3 Cup Milk

1/3 Cups Olive oli

1/4 Cup Cardamon Chai Mix

1/2 Cups Slivered Almonds

2/3 Cups Chopped date + 12 whole to top your muffins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together spice cake mix and cardamon chai mix.

Add the eggs, water, milk and oil. Mix until well combined.

  

Add almonds and chopped dates.

Fill your prepared pan and top with whole dates.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Fluffy – full of rich spices – the crunch of nuts and the simple sweetness of the dates. Now we’re talking yum!

Stay sweet darlings

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What’cha Think : Tetley Dark Chocolate Chai Tea and Dark Chocolate Chai Pear Muffins

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I made you muffins.

I made you muffins and there’s fruit in it.

There’s also a slight hint of cocoa

The way this little party works is – I love you – make you yummy things – take pictures and then you make it and come back to tell me that you love it or hate it … sweet deal?

 ….And even if you hate it, I’ll still love you (it has a lot to do with how cute you are :)).

Before we get to the muffins, lets chit-chat about tea.

Are you a big tea drinker? Or a coffee Mama?

If I’m not drinking water – I’m drinking tea. Yep, even with my meals … is that strange?

Nothing comforts me like a piping hot cup of tea. Usually green.

Lately though, I’ve been experimenting … and that’s when I came across this.

Dark Chocolate Chai Tea.

I was pretty pumped. A hot tea, that tastes like hot chocolate with some lovely added spices – – where do I sign up?!?

I made it.

I made it, and it tastes nothing like hot chocolate. I was a little disappointed, but not surprised. I didn’t add milk or anything fancy; I just wanted to taste the actual tea.

It’s a light tea, with strong notes of cinnamon – cardamom and nutmeg. It’s nice, but doesn’t taste like chocolate at all.

While I love many of Tetley’s Teas – – this one gets a yay-boo from me.

Yay – it’s nice for a change. Perfect to bake with due to its light flavourings.

Boo – Where’s the chocolate? … Where’s the chocolate :D loll

So with a full canister of tea – the wheels in my old noggin began to turn.

Pear Dark Chocolate Chai Muffins

 2 Cups Flour

½ Cup Quick Oats

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

½ Tsp. Cocoa Powder

½ Tsp. Salt

½ Tsp. Cinnamon

½ Cup Brown Sugar

1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil

½ Tsp. Vanilla

1 Large Egg

1 Medium Pear – Grated

1 Tbsp. Vinegar

1 Cup Milk

2 Dark Chocolate Chai Tea Bags

Preheat oven to 350 oc – prepare a 12 cup muffin tin.

Over medium heat, simmer tea bags and milk for 5 minutes. Once small bubbles begin to form, remove from heat and remove tea bags.

Add vinegar to the chai milk mixture.

In a medium sized bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients – flour – oats – baking soda – cocoa powder – salt – cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, combine your sugar, oil, vanilla extract and the chai mixture.

Now, mix the wet and dry together.

Last – add your grated pear and fold into mixture.

Fill your muffin tins – bake for 20 minutes and then mmmmmmm-muffin time :)

Sweet Idea: Mother’s day is Sunday … hold her tight and make some muffins for your mama

xoxox