‘Tis the Season: Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

I’ll admit it, I love the Fall influx of pumpkin spice and all the delicious treats that come with it. However,most store-bought pumpkin goodies are packed with excess sugars and fat. So, how do we tackle the problem of wanting some pumpkin cake and eating it too? This amazing recipe from Cookie & Kate certainly delivers! Easy, one bowl, maple-sweetened, pumpkin muffins made with whole wheat flour, oats, coconut oil and spices! These healthy muffins are as light, fluffy and delicious as their coffee shop counterparts. 

Healthy Home-Made Pumpkin Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  2. ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  3. 2 eggs, at room temperature
  4. 1 cup pumpkin purée
  5. ¼ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
  9. ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
  10. ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  11. ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  12. ¼ teaspoon allspice or cloves
  13. 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  14. ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius). If necessary, grease ten cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray (my pan is non-stick and didn’t require any grease).
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and maple syrup or honey together with a whisk. Add eggs, and beat well. Mix in the pumpkin purée and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice or cloves.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the ten muffin cups. For these muffins, it’s ok to fill the cups a little higher than you normally would. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake muffins for 23 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack. These muffins are delicate until they cool down (you have been warned!), so it’s best to wait until they have cooled down to remove them from the tin. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. Enjoy muffins as is or with a spread of nut butter or regular butter.
Notes
  1. MAKE IT EGG FREE: Readers report that these muffins turn out well with flax eggs!
  2. MAKE IT VEGAN: Use maple syrup, flax eggs and non-dairy milk.
  3. MAKE IT DAIRY FREE: Simply use your non-dairy milk of choice.
  4. MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Bob's Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose blend works well instead of the whole wheat flour.
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