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.
- 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
- 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!