In college I didn’t do too much cooking. Looking back, I really can’t believe that this foodie didn’t even know how to cook more than a bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce.
In fact, I didn’t really start experimenting in the kitchen until we got married and I found myself with a fully stocked kitchen after our wedding. My mom always said a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I quickly began watching cooking shows, and found the true joy of cooking and baking from scratch.
Back then I was not afraid to bake, and these pumpkin muffins were one of the few recipes that I prepared in my college kitchen. They may or may not have been little more decadent in their past life, but I’ve since learned how modify a recipe and use better for you ingredients. Good thing!
These healthy pumpkin muffins do not disappoint, and they sure don’t taste healthy. If you are a pumpkin fan, give these muffins a whirl.
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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins
- 1 cup 100% pure canned pumpkin
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In bowl of stand mixer, or large bowl with wooden spoon, mix pumpkin, eggs, oil, applesauce, water and vanilla until combined. Stir in sugars.
- In separate bowl, whisk together flours, salt, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Pour flour into wet ingredients, and mix just until combined, making sure not to over mix.
- Coat mini muffin tin with cooking spray or butter, and fill cups full with batter. Bake for 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.
- Serving Size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 70
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 120mg
- Fat: 3g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 10g
Hi I’m Kristina LaRue, registered dietitian and millennial mom of two active and hungry boys. Here on Love & Zest, you’ll find (mostly) healthy recipes to fuel the whole family and real life stories of modern motherhood. I’m all about veggie-filled breakfast meal prep recipes, healthier sweets, and easy weeknight dinners made in the Instant Pot or sheet pan.
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