I realise we are to be leaving all things sugar, nice and spice back in December, but with the continuous winter cool afternoons, I am just not ready to do so.

So here I bring you a warm soothing muffin that uses Nature Therapy’s Chai Masala – the perfect soothing blend of hand pounded spices that are beneficial for the digestive system and overall body, mind and soul.

The beauty of this spice here is that you literally do not have to do anything else – this one takes care of all the spice component, except I go a step ahead and add in another teaspoon of cinnamon because, well I’m a bit of a spice lady!

What I love and adore about this recipe is the use of pumpkin that can be grated in raw – so this means it is an instant muffin – no worry of pre-cooking, mashing, boiling etc etc… I told you, I am the laziest person around!


The Recipe
Serves yields: 12


  • 1 cup pumpkin, raw, grated
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Chai Masala
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar


  • Heat the oven to 200C
  • Prepare a muffin tin with cupcake or muffin liners
  • In a bowl whisk together all the flour, chai masala, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and soda
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk oil, milk, extract, honey and sugar well, for at least 3 minutes
  • Then add the grated pumpkin and combine
  • Then add the dry ingredient and with a wooden spoon stir to combine
  • Fill each muffin liner up to 3/4th level
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on the size of the muffins, until a skewer comes out clean
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack before eating

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