Tis the season for pumpkins, it is my favorite time of year. I swear I could eat pumpkin everything all year long. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pasta you name it, you add those tasty orange gourds and I’m there. And now that I think of it, pumpkin is probably one of the rare foods that I enjoyed as a kid and still love just as much now. You know what I mean? When you were a kid maybe you despised having to eat brussel sprouts, but pumpkin pie was a different story. There is just something about that spiced pumpkin flavor that is so appealing.
To start off the week right I baked you some simple and sweet pumpkin muffins. They exude bright pumpkin spices: cloves and allspice, nutmeg and a touch of ginger. They are fragrant and flavorful. The addition of molasses ties everything together and gives the muffins a cozy earthiness and warmth. These muffins are perfect with a hot cup of tea on a chilly morning. Go ahead and gourd yourself!
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Pumpkin Muffins (recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger)
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsulphered molasses
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, molasses, oil and 1 egg until combined. Add the other egg and whisk well. Whisk in the pumpkin and vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the buttermilk. Whisk just until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of 1 of the muffins comes out clean.
Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the muffins to loosen them and unmold. Cool completely on the rack.