Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I’m a bit of a paradox: For as much as I love pumpkin, I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin pie. Somewhere between the flavor and texture, I just get thrown off.

Clearly, though, that doesn’t mean that pumpkin is a lost cause in my book. Instead, I swap the pie for even more delicious treats… And I don’t even have to wait until Thanksgiving to indulge in them.

Take these muffins for instance. They are perfect for a snack, a breakfast side or — according to Dan — a bit of energy before a run.

“You should call them ‘energy muffins,'” he said.

Good call, babe. But, I think I’ll go with…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Adapted from Cookin’ Canuck.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  • Head a small pan to medium-high. Add pecans and toast, stirring regularly for 4-5 minutes, until fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  • In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, applesauce and yogurt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Mix until just combined. To avoid tough muffins, do not over mix.
  • Add toasted pecans, and stir to combine.
  • Spray two muffin tins with nonstick spray or line with muffin cups. Fill each cup 2/3 way up with batter.
  • Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tin on a rack for about 10 minutes. Remove the muffins from the tin and let the muffins cool on the rack.

With two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice plus a full can of pumpkin, these are chock-full of fall flavors… And that’s very appropriate around here. I swear the leaves were green one day and gold the next!

I’ve been taking advantage by getting outside, walking to class and being active. I attribute all the energy to the weather… Dan uses it as an excuse for why the muffins disappeared so quickly.

Question: Is there a dessert that you really don’t like?

In addition to pumpkin pie, I also really don’t like crème brûlée — except in oatmeal form!

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