I’m training for a half marathon and prepping to go wedding dress shopping in two months (eeek!), so indulging in holiday treats isn’t that much of an option for me right now. If you’re looking for a healthy fall treat (that tastes like a cheat), I would highly recommend these muffins. They came out moist, not too sweet, and rich with pumpkin and autumn spice flavors. It’s a great midday treat that we enjoyed with some fresh coffee.
1 cup of pumpkin purée
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of honey (I’ve read using just honey works well too – just double the amount to replace the brown sugar)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
1 tablespoon coarse raw sugar for topping
Pre-heat oven to 375F.
In a bowl, mix the flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. Sift the dry ingredients together and add the pumpkin puree, oil, eggs, honey, and chocolate chips. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together with a spoon.
Line a muffin pan with paper liners and scoop the mixture evenly into the pan. If desired, sprinkle a little bit of coarse raw sugar over each muffin – it will give the top a sweet crunch and it looks very pretty.
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Then try to let them cool before eating…which can be the most difficult part.