Vanilla Cardamom Walnut Muffins

When you bite into a soft & fluffy muffin and it feels like a big giant cozy hug?

Yup, that’s exactly what we have here today with these vanilla cardamom walnut muffins!

Soft & fluffy vanilla cardamom walnut muffins! Crazy simple to make, made with whole grains and naturally sweetened!

Because gosh darn it cardamom is just so so cozy! Which means that it is most excellent for winter weather baking!

And let me tell you, it has been COLD here by us in North Carolina. I’ll be the first to admit that I actually love the cooler weather, but I was super bummed that we didn’t get any snow this past week (aside from a teeny tiny flurry that lasted about 2.5 seconds … which totally doesn’t count).

But anyway, I pretended like it was actually snowing and got in the kitchen to bake up yet another batch of these cardamom muffins … which I have been sitting on since March 2015. Eeek! SO LONG AGO.

And it’s a crying shame because goodness are they delicious.

They’re made with my go-to whole grain base that is packed with better-for-you ingredients, like white whole wheat flour, oat bran and plenty of raw walnuts. They’re naturally sweetened with honey and maple syrup, and are light, fluffy and oh-so-moist. And of course filled with plenty of sweet vanilla and spicy warm cardamom.

These muffins were inspired by a vanilla cardamom donut that I tried at a local bakery (well, um, local to the town we used to live in – womp womp – that’s what I get for waiting almost three years to share these). Except here’s the thing – I kinda sorta don’t really like donuts. I know, I know. But they’re just not my thing.

However … quick and easy 30 minute muffins??? Absolutely my thing. And hopefully yours too!