It's pumpkin season, so I thought I'd try a new recipe that incorporates this very nutritious fruit (which is actually considered a squash). There were tons of choices, but this one appealed to me because it doesn't use white flour or sugar. Plus, it's super-easy.
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, optional (I didn't use this)
- 1 cup + 1 tablespoon oat flour (oats that have been blended)
- 3 tablespoons ground flax seed (I added this)
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray; do not use muffin liners with these.
- Combine the pumpkin, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg in a bowl. Beat until combined.
- In another bowl, stir together the salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice (if desired), and oat flour.
- Oat flour is just old-fashioned or quick oats that have been blended in a food processor or blender until they reach the consistency of flour. Make sure to measure the oat flour AFTER blending and not to measure the oats before blending.
- Add the dry to the wet mixing until just combined. (Over-mixing will result in dense muffins)
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Separate the mixture evenly among 9 muffin cavities and place a few extra chocolate chips on top if desired (makes em look prettier!)
- Bake for 16-18 minutes. Remove and allow to cool and then remove them from the muffin tin.
- These muffins are a lot tastier and softer when slightly under-baked so err on the side of less baking rather than over baking.
Shout-out to Chelsea's Messy Apron where I found the recipe (chelseasmessyapron.com) The only thing I changed was I added the flax seed for extra fiber, and I used more chocolate chips because I had a whole bag and didn't want to be shoving them in my mouth.
Health Alert: one cup of canned pumpkin only has 83 calories and 1/2 gram of fat. Pumpkins have more fiber than kale, more potassium than bananas, and are full of heart-healthy magnesium and iron.