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If ever there was a reason to stock up on frozen or canned pumpkin in the fall, this would be it. Fill your pantry or freezer now, because you’ll want to make these long after pumpkin disappears from the store shelves! Pumpkin muffins in January, pumpkin muffins in July, pumpkin muffins in November–believe me, the date doesn’t matter.
Perhaps it’s because the recipe is very forgiving and my sous chef can pour in a little too much vanilla and not quite enough flour, and it all turns out okay in the end. Or perhaps it’s because I love that there’s no oil or butter. Or maybe it’s the fact that my kids are eating a vegetable for breakfast and snack. Whatever the reason, I love these muffins!
Ready to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need.
Ingredients for Healthy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe
- 1 small can (15 oz) pumpkin
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 large eggs (or flax meal. We use flax because it means we can lick the bowl and spoon without raw-egg worries. 1Tb Flaxseed Meal + 3 Tbs water= 1 egg.)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (or more if your little one is pouring)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 3/4-2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or your preferred combination of nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, and cinnamon). The biggest complaint I’ve heard is that these muffins needed more spice. You might want to be use more than this recommended amount!
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 350.
- Grease bottom only of muffin cups.
- Combine ingredients. I’m sure someone would tell you that you need to mix the dry ingredients separately from the wet ingredients. But who has time for that when they’re cooking with kids? Not me! We just mix everything in one bowl in no particular order.
- Pour into muffin cups and bake until muffins are slightly puffed and golden brown, about 25 minutes.
They’re moist, so I suggest refrigerating them if you don’t eat them all right away.
We’ve adapted the recipe over the past year, but you can find my original post about healthy pumpkin muffins here.
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