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Muffin Recipes that Make it Feel like Fall


From the slight drop in temperature, to window displays switching up, you can tell that it is finally autumn in Santa Barbara. With a new season comes certain changes in attire, weather, and last but not least, in seasonal fruits and vegetables, leading to new recipes. Below are two ways to incorporate the season of fall into a muffin.

Muffins are the more moist and less sweet version of a cupcake. They are perfect for an afternoon snack, or quick on-the-go breakfast. If you enjoy drinking a large cup of coffee in the morning, a muffin is the perfect pairing. Whether it is a citrus muffin in the winter, or a blueberry-streusel one for summer, muffins can truly switch up with each season as fruits and vegetables ripen. The following recipes use zucchini and pumpkin to create two cozy muffins for fall.

Starting in June, zucchini plants start to sprout. By the time fall comes around, the plants are producing many zucchini for the purpose of making soup, grilling, adding into salads, and in this case, muffins! Zucchini muffins are a great way to incorporate vitamins and nutrients into a sweet treat.

This recipe from is great because it makes a moist and delicious muffin. According to Sally McKenney, the founder of Sally’s Baking Addiction, “[Zucchini muffins] pack a lot of wholesome flavor and only require about 30 minutes from start to finish.” Those who are on a time-crunch may enjoy this quicker recipe. Overall, if you are looking for a way to digest more vitamins while having easily made baked goods, these muffins are the one for you.

When a mind thinks of fall, one of the first images to come to mind is a pumpkin. Whether the plant is next to your front door, or at the local farm, there truly is nothing more like autumn than the pumpkin. There are so many ways to incorporate it into fall cuisine, and one particularly yummy way is by making muffins. Thanks to the delicious Trader Joe’s Muffin Mix, making this treat is now as easy as pie! 

“If autumn had a flavor, it would be this,” sophomore Lily Wallace said, two bites into the homemade muffin. “It’s just so good.” 

These muffins are definitely worth a try. Once again, they do not take long to make at all. Just add oil, water, and two eggs to the mix. After baking for 15 minutes, poof! You have delicious fall muffins. Pro tip: add chocolate chips. 

 Hopefully you enjoy these two muffin recipes. Have a fantastic fall, Royals!

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Gemma Cooper
Gemma Cooper, Staff Writer
Gemma is a sophomore at San Marcos High School. This is her first year writing for the King's Page. She joined journalism after reading the articles, and deciding she wanted to be apart of the writing behind it. Her favorite things to write about include school news, fashion, and lifestyle. Her favorite subject in school is language and sport. When not at school, Gemma enjoys spending time with friends, swimming at the beach, and reading.
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