Pumpkin Spice (and Everything Nice) Muffins

Pumpkin SpiceĀ everything shows up first thing in the fall, and suddenly becomes an inescapable seasonal element right up until December (when “holiday spice” becomes a thing). Of course, a little ingenuity turns up the fact that, apart from the pumpkin itself, the combination of spices really doesn’t change that much (cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg). But if you’re like us, you’ll also end up with an extra can of pumpkin that didn’t get used in the first half of the fall season.

The thing about pumpkin is that it’s a highly nutritious squash, and contains a ton of vitamin E, along with a healthy dose of antioxidants and fibre. Plus, as a baking additive, it can easily be covered up with other flavours (as you’ll soon see), adds a healthy bulk to baked items, and helps breads and cakes stay nice and moist.

This recipe is one that I made up, with just a few modifications from more standard muffin recipes. You can trick this one out for any season. We like them for Christmas, because you can add chopped pecans, dried cranberries, or even chocolate chips.

Check out the recipe below, and feel free to share the love!

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Christmas Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins: (recipe makes 12 muffins)

Ingredients:

1 cupĀ pumpkin puree

2Ā eggs

1/2 cupĀ unsweetened applesauce*Ā (hint: I used one of our daughter’s unsweetened raspberry apple Applesnax for convenience)

1 tspĀ vanilla extract

1/4 cupĀ coconut oil*Ā (hint: make sure the oil is in liquid form)

1/2 cupĀ all purpose flour

1 cupĀ oat flour (hint: I make this myself by blending 1 cup of Only Oats Gluten Free Quick Oat Flakes in our Vitamix)

1/2 cupĀ quick oats*Ā (unblended)

4 Tbsp plus 4 tspĀ Truvia Baking Blend*

1 tspĀ baking soda

2 tspĀ cinnamon

1/4 tspĀ ground cloves

1/2 tspĀ ground nutmeg

1/2 tspĀ ground ginger

1/2 tspĀ sea salt

Directions:

PREP TIME = 10 minutes
COOKING TIME = 20 – 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME =Ā 35 minutes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a 12-cup muffin tray with paper liners
  • In a large bowl, add egg, pumpkin puree, applesauce, vanilla, coconut oil, andĀ Truvia Baking Blend.Ā Using a wire whisk, mix until combined.
  • Begin folding the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a rubber spatula. NOTE: be sure not to over mix; just enough to see the dry ingredients become wet.
  • Spoon batter evenly into the 12-cup prepared muffin tray.
  • Bake muffins for 20 – 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the tops no longer look wet and they bounce back to the touch.
  • Let muffins cool for at least 10 minutes before removing them from the tray and placing them onto a wire rack, allowing them to cool completely.
  • Our family loves to cut these delicious muffins in half and spread some butter on them before eating. However you and your family choose to eat them, please ENJOY!!!?

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Tried it? Let us know what you think in the comments below. And don’t forget to get creative with these yummy muffins!

 

 

 

*These items are things that we go through quickly and need to replace on a regular basis. To save time and money, we’ve used Amazon’s new Subscribe and Save program, which lets us put regular items on an autoship so we don’t have to think about them. Plus, with the family plan we can save even more on essentials. Check it out!

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