Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

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I feel like my window of time to use pumpkin recipes is coming to an end with Thanksgiving being tomorrow. Does anyone else feel this way? I really hope so, or at least tell me it is socially acceptable to make pumpkin recipes all year-long so I can end my panic and baking frenzy! I ran across this delicious little treat over on Health Bent. The recipe does call for regular sugar, which I have to admit caused a little panic in me. I read an article that was linked to the recipe regarding sugar and GI, blah, blah, blah. It made me think. I mean how many times have I justified a treat because “Hey, its Paleo”, but in reality, sugar is sugar and that is how your body perceives it. I would love to hear your thoughts on this (please don’t make me regret saying that! :P)

Note: I did substitute the white sugar for coconut sugar in the muffins. I used regular sugar on the top because I was afraid the coconut sugar wouldn’t result in the same crunchiness.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins by Health Bent

Bacon Jalapeño Bread

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I’m sure most of you have seen the Pinterest pins on cooking bacon in the oven. I have been skeptical of this ever since I first read about it. There is no way you can get crispy bacon this way- it will end up being a disappointment, and who wants to be disappointed with bacon? A friend of mine posted a recipe for this bread last week. It just sounded delicious and definitely something my husband would love (the man eats raw jalapenos!). It also has this “oven bacon” in it. I was in an experimental mood, so I thought I would give it a shot and…it worked! I’m a fan! I also like that the jalapenos get to cook in the bacon grease…yummo! This bread kind of resembles a corn bread, so be sure to pair it with my White Chicken Chili. My husband tore it into pieces and threw right into his bowl!

Bacon Jalapeño Bread by Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers

Tweaks: I used grass fed butter instead of ghee mainly because it’s what I had. I also baked mine in an 8×8 glass baking dish. It only took 30 minutes this way. I cut it into squares- it gave it more of a cornbread appearance! I wonder if I could do muffins…