Cinnamon Raisin Muffin Recipe

Worship in the Desert & Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

Genesis 12:7-9 (nirv)

The Lord appeared to Abram at Shechem. He said, “I will give this land to your family who comes after you.” So Abram built an altar there to honor the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there, Abram went on toward the hills east of Bethel. He set up his tent there. Bethel was to the west, and Ai was to the east. Abram built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. Then Abram left and continued south toward the Negev Desert.


Don’t worry, this isn’t a history or a geography lesson. In fact, those subjects hold so little interest for me that I typically breeze over verses like this one. Just recently have I started to look at the scripture that contain historical facts and data, and I’ve found that God has so much more to show us from those verses than just the names and locations of people who lived thousands of years ago.

Genesis 12 starts with Abram going on a journey to a new land, at God’s request. He doesn’t even know where he’s going or why, but he was faithful and listened to God’s command. At the first place he stopped, God made a promise of a gift for his future family, and Abram worshipped. At the second stop, there’s no interaction mentioned between God and Abram, but Abram still worshipped.

What I love about this scripture is the example it sets for worship. It covers a multitude of circumstances, yet Abram’s response is to simply worship. A path that seems unclear to him but that God can see clearly is a cause for worship. The gift of a promise is a cause for worship. Another step in the journey is a cause for worship.

There’s a lot of times that I’m waiting to worship until “the end”. I’m not sure it’s always intentional to withhold praise and gratitude; sometimes worship just doesn’t come naturally to me in the midst of a journey. When God answers my prayers, it’s natural to worship. But when I’m waiting… not so much. That’s when requests come easily and often, but worship is scarce. 

When is the last time you worshipped while waiting for test results?

What about in the middle of an ugly divorce or custody battle?

When the application has been sent in and that letter or phone call is taking forever to come?

Abram didn’t wait until he reached his final destination to worship the Lord. He wasn’t focused on where he was going, he was focused on Who was leading him there. As Christians, we’re called to worship God because of who He is, not what He’s done. Sometimes that means worshipping because of a gift we’ve received. But other times, like Abram, it means stopping in the middle of the desert, with no clue where we’re headed, and choosing to worship anyway.


Can you think of a time that you “waited to worship”? Was that choice intentional or unintentional? Describe those circumstances and write about why you think you made that choice. If you had to do it over again, would you make the same choice or do something differently?


Offer thanks for God’s constant and continuous grace.

Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 12 muffins

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  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1.5 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3 overly ripe, mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sweetener
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, mash bananas until texture is smooth
  3. Add granulated sweetener, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract and mix just until combined
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix well
  5. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix until smooth, slowly adding the water and raisins
  6. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray, or use liners, and spoon batter evenly into tin, about 3/4 of the way full
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top and a toothpick comes out clean from the center

Tips & Tools

Using a non-stick copper muffin pan has been a life-saver for me. It eliminates the need for muffin liners, and cleaning the pan is completely effortless. I used to spend forever scrubbing burnt muffin and cupcake off the sides of our baking tin.

These muffins are around 85 calories each, depending on the specific brands and ingredients used. I typically eat 2 muffins with a side of greek yogurt for some added protein!

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