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Gingerbread Muffins- Whole Grain, Refined-sugar Free

Hi guys!  I hope y'all are getting back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving.  If you feel like you've been eating too many of these but you still have a sweet craving, today's recipe is perfect for you!

Let's admit it:  pumpkin and peppermint get all the love in the Christmas season; they have a certain spiciness and sweetness that makes them so appealing.  But besides in cookies, gingerbread doesn't come up a lot in the baking repertoires of many home cooks.  It's a crying shame!  In addition to having a distinct sweetness and spiciness, gingerbread has an earthy, complex quality.  Besides ginger, there are 4 other ingredients that play key roles in giving today's muffins a nice gingery kick.

1.  Cinnamon

Unlike ginger, cinnamon has a certain sweet quality to it, which rounds out the acidic ginger.

2.  Cloves

I'm going to be completely honest here and admit that I know very little about cloves because I rarely cook with them.  However, cloves are…

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