pumpkin spice muffins

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ingredients

Muffins

  • 1 ½ cup spelt flour (you can use regular whole wheat but spelt is a higher fibre flour)

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (or more, to taste)

  • Pinch of ground ginger

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • ¼ tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 heaping cup of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

  • ½ cup honey

  • ¼ cup coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla

Streusel topping

  • ¼ cup oats

  • ¼ cup coconut sugar

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

  • 1 tbsp spelt flour

  • Few dashes of cinnamon
     

 

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make it

  1. Preheat your oven to 350, grease or line a muffin tin and set aside.

  2. To a large bowl add all of the dry ingredients (not the topping ingredients). Use a fork or whisk to combine everything.

  3. In a medium bowl add all the wet ingredients and use a whisk to combine well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix well.

  4. Use a ¼ measuring cup or ice cream scoop to add the batter to the muffin cups.

  5. In a small bowl, use a fork to combine all streusel topping ingredients. Place about ½ tbsp on top of each muffin and use your fingers to gently press it into the batter.

  6. Place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

 

It’s that time of year again; pumpkin spice everything is here!

It seems to grow bigger and more ridiculous every year with the amount of pumpkin-flavoured paraphernalia we see on the shelves. By now you know I always recommend staying away from anything that is artificially flavoured. Nearly any packaged pumpkin-flavoured food will have some form of artificial flavouring and tons of sugar added to it. Those funky coloured, bright orange cookies, bars and candy treats are loaded with sugar, fake flavourings and junk. Probably because real pumpkin on it’s own can be a little bitter, so of course the solution is to hide it! Any packaged pumpkin product will usually contain very little actual pumpkin; the rest is manufactured to appeal to our taste buds- aka lots of sugar.

Clearly I’m not a fan of any pumpkin good that’s pre-packaged or pre-made. They don’t even taste real! When it comes to pumpkin-flavoured goods, I say just make them at home. The good news is it’s really so easy to make your own pumpkin treats at home. My personal favourite is the humble pumpkin muffin so that’s exactly what I have here for you today.

In general, I just really love muffins. They are great to make and have on hand for snacks. I love how they are so easy to make too! With my muffin recipes, I always like to bump up the nutritional quality from traditional recipes. To do that, I like to add in lots of fibre and good fat to make them more satisfying. This help keeps your blood sugar and energy levels more stable, and the fibre is great for supporting digestion. Overall they’ll be much better than any high-sugar muffin from a coffee shop.

I kept this recipe pretty basic and then added a yummy twist with the streusel topping- which, if I do say so myself, takes these muffins over the top with how delicious they are!