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I’ve been obsessing over the combo of raspberries and rose water recently. I am going to blame Lily for this one. I had really never experienced rose water in food or beverage until filming this video for the Kale & Caramel Cookbook. From that moment on – I was hooked. I put it in my baked goods, spray it on my face, wear it as perfume. Rose water is my jam.
If rose water sounds too fancy and intimidating for you, let me reassure you it’s so simple to work with/buy. You can get it at almost any grocery store or order it online. It’s subtle, and floral and beautiful to taste & smell. (Also, it’s the perfect ingredient for Valentine’s Day.) It’s like a bouquet of roses, but WAY better. ‘Cause you can eat it.
But I didn’t want to stop there. Because on Valentine’s Day, if you really want to make someone feel special, you don’t just make them muffins – you slather those muffins with Cinnamon Honey Butter. Luckily Buzz + Bloom has this amazing Spreadable Cinnamon Honey that I’m obsessed with. So I just stirred that right in with some softened butter and OMG it’s everything.
The muffins are totally gluten/grain free, because they’re made with almond flour. Plus they are just slightly sweetened from the maple syrup, so the sweetness of the cinnamon honey butter isn’t overwhelming. It’s perfection. It’s the muffin combo you’ve been waiting your whole life for. And it’s definitely much better than a bouquet of roses. That’s for dang sure.
Raspberry Rose Muffins with Cinnamon Honey Butter
These small batch (gluten-free) Raspberry Rose Muffins with Cinnamon Honey Butter are the PERFECT way to treat your valentine.
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons rose water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup fresh raspberries, divided
- 6 cupcake liners
Cinnamon Honey Butter
- 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons Buzz + Bloom Cinnamon Spreadable Honey
Preheat the oven to 350.
Add almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, and sea salt to a bowl and whisk together.
Mix in egg, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar until a smooth batter forms.
Fold in a heaping 1/2 cup of raspberries to the batter.
Use 1/4 measuring cup to pour batter into each cupcake liner.
Gently place 1-3 raspberries on top of each muffin.
Bake your muffins for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow your muffins to cool in the pan for at least 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together your room temperature butter and Buzz + Bloom Cinnamon Spreadable Honey in a small bowl.
When the muffins have cooled, spread your cinnamon honey butter all over them.
Valentine’s Day is made up. And it’s commercialized. It’s another day in which consumerism is pushed on people. It makes people feel lonely. It makes love feel forced. Once we outgrew the “everyone gets a Valentine card” phase, it was all downhill from there.
I’m not cynical, I’m just being honest. It’s a hyped up day with nothing behind the hype. But, love, on the other hand? Oh well, that deserves a celebration every day.
I’m not just talking about romantic love. I’m talking about friendship, family, your self. Those are the beautiful forms of love that make life worthwhile. So I decided to put together a non-sappy list of ways/things you can do to show your love to others (and yourself.) I’m a sensitive soul with a very logical mind, so I like combining things like love and lists. It brings me joy. Hope it inspires you too.
- Play with their hair. Everyone loves that.
- Scratch their back. Literally.
- Do the dishes. Without being asked.
- Write a card. It can be short. Just say something.
- Listen to their favorite music.
- Ask them about their heart.
- Tell them what you like about them.
- Tell them what you admire about them.
- Make them food.
- Make them raspberry rose muffins with cinnamon honey butter.
- Make them laugh.
- When you are invited, SHOW UP. (On time.)
- Make tea. For yourself, for others.
- Give yourself and others space to be human.
- Look people in the eye and smile.
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
- Look in the mirror and smile.
- Bring people into your home.
- Say the compliments you are thinking.
- Squeeze someone tight.
- Give people a place to stay.
- Talk about the things they care about.
- Buy them chocolate.
- Pet as many dogs as you can. (This one is for your own heart.)
- Go on a walk.
- Trust them. With your secrets. With your heart.
- Be honest. And kind.
- Let them choose what music you play in the car.
- Let them help you. People like to be needed.
- Make them something. A song. A poem. A painting.
- Spend time alone.
- Spend time getting to know yourself. (That’s different than 31.)
- Call people by their name. It’s an important gift.
- Be vulnerable. Reveal ourself.
- Let people borrow your stuff. They are more important than the things.
- Set healthy boundaries and expectations. Yes, that’s a form of love.
- Risk feeling stupid relentlessly.
- Buy them a plant.
- Plan a surprise date.
- Allow space for change. In yourself. In others.
- Make them coffee in the morning.
- Give them the last bite of your food.
- Respect the word no.
- Forgive as quickly as you can.
- Give them your time.
- Remind them of their beauty.
- Remind them of their strength.
- Take care of them when they are sick.
- Try to see the world through their eyes.
- Tell them you love them. Out loud. Words have power.
There you have it. 50 ways to love yourself and others. It’s amazing how difficult it can be sometimes to think of ways to show people love. Writing this list was an incredible act of retrospection for me. I learned how I give my love, and how I perceive it from others. Your list could be wildly different from mine, and that’s totally okay. Love is as unique as you are.
Love is love is love is love. On Valentine’s Day and any other day. I hope you give and receive it in abundance. I hope your Valentine’s Day tastes like Raspberry Rose Muffins. I hope you feel truly full. xo.