Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spiced Almond Milk Inspires Me

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Yes, there it is…what inspires you, Cassillis? The answer, my friend, is not blowing in the wind as this carton is too sturdy for such things. On a recent visit to Trader Joe’s, I came upon this nectar of the gods, and since my budget allowed for it’s $1.99 price tag, I splurged. Little did I know the magickal properties held within this seemingly unassuming dimensional carton. 
My first thought was to warm the milk and steep chai tea in it…and that was to come to pass, but not before my brain sizzled into action on a chilly Sunday morning as I search relentlessly for breakfast fare.
I’ve made plenty of no bake protein bites which are wonderful tasty and happy, but this crisp morning called for something warmer and spicier. Gathering some ingredients, my mind raced to concoct a recipe that would both utilize items I had on hand, but do so in a palate pleasing way.
Enter Pumpkin Spiced Almond Milk

When added to the mix, this beautiful beverage made the angels sing and the sun shine. Okay, metaphorically that is. I was singing but the verdict is still out as to what percentage of angel I am, and in truth, the skies were rather overcast. But this, this was sunshine in a bowl.
I gazed inside the oven through the window and marveled at this wondrously muffinous sight. (It’s my blog, work with me on the verbiage here)
It was difficult to wait until these little delights had cooled enough to sample. They were well worth the wait.
So now, because you have shared in my glorious tale and will obviously now use the word “muffinous” in your daily conversation, I am sharing with you my recipe. Go with it and be blessed!
Protein Pumpkin Spice Extraordinaire Muffins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line muffin or mini muffin tins or spray with nonstick spray.
Ingredients:
1 cup unbleached flour
2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice almond milk (or regular almond milk)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar (I used a little less but it depends on your sweetness preference)
1 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate or vanilla protein powder (I used chocolate Orgain)
Mix bananas and milk, then add remaining ingredients. Spoon into muffin cups. I used mini muffin tins and it filled 24 exactly.
Bake for 8-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool.

Play with the ingredients and find the mix that works best for you. I’m thinking nuts, dates or cranberries would make good additions, especially with vanilla protein powder. 

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About cassilliscreates

Let’s all run away from stress, deadlines and responsibility…just for a bit, to a fun place where the only limits are your imagination. I’ve been crafting since I was old enough to hold a crayon. Plasticine, paints, rubber cement and plenty of glitter were the mainstays of my childhood. Now I’ve expanded; tacky glue, found metals, embossing powders and costume jewelry are some of my fun supplies, but certainly anything I find may find it’s place in a mixed media project. So come and join me as I share some techniques and help you put your own spin on creating!

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