Last weekend, with the onset of fall in the Pacific Northwest, I decided to make Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter Muffins, which I saw posted on Hybrid Athlete. Not only were the muffins paleo and had fall flavors, the recipe called for ingredients which I had received as swag at the conference.
The honey, vanilla and cinnamon were all conference swag.
Manuka Doctor Honey - Manuka honey from New Zealand with supposed health benefits. But what is really awesome about it is the flavor and consistency. It's thick, not like runny corn syrup honey with a nice floral taste. While I've cooked with it some, I've probably eaten just as much straight from a spoon.
Yen Bai Cinnamon - Sahale Snacks has scoured the earth and found the best tasting cinnamon in the forests of Viet Nam. It has a much brighter flavor than other cinnamons I've tasted, with spicy bite more like red hots.
The muffins were a nice treat to welcome fall. My kids snatched up four before I even had a chance to eat any. Luckily, I was able to save some for my breakfasts at work - the idea was to make breakfast for the week, but alas, after my kids, there were only enough for two breakfasts (with some nice leftover frittata).
Using a few tips I got during the food photography sessions with Andrew Scrivani (just go watch his blog for a few minutes), I took this picture for your enjoyment!
Eat clean and stay fit!