Vegan Pumpkin Muffins and exciting things to come!

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Before I end this night on a relaxing, “Dandy” note, I wanted to share one quick recipe with you for these delicious Vegan Pumpkin Muffins. This recipe was given to me years ago by my wonderful friend Teresa. I have baked them many times over the years…it’s always been a family favorite of ours. I’ve also tweaked the recipe many times over the years…it’s gone through quite a transformation.
It originally called for vegetable shortening, all purpose flour, and white sugar. I’ve removed all of the oil, replaced the white flour with healthier whole grain flours, and replaced all of the processed sugar with natural sweeteners. I also added a “chia egg” (ground chia seeds combined with water) to add extra protein, fiber, omega’s, and calcium!
These make a tasty and healthy breakfast or snack. They are moist, flavorful with all of the added earthy spices, and sweet without being overly sweet. As with most baked goods…the texture and taste of these gets even better once they are allowed to sit overnight in an airtight container…it gives the flavors a chance to “meld” together. I baked a batch yesterday and they are already almost gone! We each had one for breakfast…Mia took one to school for snack time…and then both kiddos got into them again after school today! They don’t last long! Enjoy! :)
Health and Hugs! ~ Melissa
Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Author: Melissa
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 12 muffins
These flavorful, moist and delicious muffins make a wonderful healthy breakfast or snack! The texture and taste of these get even better once they are allowed to sit overnight in an airtight container…it gives the flavors a chance to “meld” together. :)
Ingredients
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground chia
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 small (or 1/2 large) very ripe banana (mashed)
  • 1 cup canned organic pumpkin
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup light spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray 12 ct muffin pan. (I use a non-stick cupcake pan)
  3. Mix ground chia with the 3 tablespoons of water, whisk well and set aside.
  4. Mix all dry ingredients (except for cranberries) and set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl combine syrups, mashed banana, pumpkin, and chia “egg” (chia water mixture).
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until combined.
  7. Gently stir in cranberries.
  8. Spoon batter into prepared pan, filling muffin cups approx 3/4 full.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with only moist crumbs.
  10. Allow to cool on wire rack for at least 10 min before turning out to remove muffins from pan.
  11. Store in an airtight container.
  12. Makes 12 muffins
 

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About Melissa

I've been blessed with an amazing husband, Tyler and two amazing children, Mia who is 5yrs old and Luke who is 3yrs old. Our entire family has a passion for food. We see food as a means of nutrition, something wonderful to enjoy and indulge in, and meals...if we are doing them right...serve as a fun social experience too! Food definitely brings this family together!
Our family, as a whole, eats a mostly vegetarian diet...although we do consume meat and fish, on occasion. So, I'm always looking for and trying out new vegetarian and vegan recipes that hopefully all of us will enjoy.
Besides food, we are passionate about gardening. We have an organic veggie garden in our backyard that provides a good portion of the veggies that we consume. The kids love to jump in and get their hands dirty and it's crazy how much they already know about gardening! It makes my husband and me so happy to think that they will (hopefully) carry this experience and lifestyle into their futures.
I'm also passionate about learning new ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and provide one for my family...and, I love sharing these ideas with anyone who is interested in hearing about them! So, as I discover recipes and other healthy happy things I will share them...and when you discover some yourself...I'd love for you to share them with me! :)

Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Looking forward to trying the new and improved version this weekend! Now I am craving anything pumpkin!!!!

  2. Shana Brannon says:

    I’m intrigued by your “chia egg”. I bought some to try it out. What is your experience with egg replacer? I saw two different brands at the store, but have never tried it. My classical culinary training has me skeptical about these products!

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Shana, I don’t have any experience with egg replacer simply because I’ve never used it. The typical egg replacer ingredient list has a lot of additive stuff that I can’t pronounce…and I try to steer clear of things I can’t pronounce. :) I much prefer to go with something natural…in this case a seed…whenever possible. Plus, chia seeds are so crazy good for you…adding protein, calcium, omegas, and tons of other great stuff…so, I like the idea of adding them to my family’s diet whenever I can. Thanks so much for commenting and have a great day! :)

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