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October 28, 2008

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins


Here's what was left on Tuesday of the dozen and a half of Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins I made on Sunday night. The family loved them. It's a recipe from Simply in Season, a cookbook I don't own yet (I'm borrowing the Milwaukee Central Library's copy). This cookbook will definitely go on my Christmas list - it's the cookbook I've been looking for my entire adult life! We are vegetarians and this book is not a vegetarian cookbook, but most of the recipes are vegetarian or easily made that way. It is divided up by season and offers healthy recipes for using produce that is in season. Such a simple concept! Also, I sometimes have trouble with "healthy" recipes not suiting the tastes of myself or my children, but I've tried five recipes already and they were all outstanding! Below is the recipe, as I made it - it is called Nutty Pumpkin Bread in the book (there are some other options for some of the ingredients in the book, too). I made it as muffins to appeal to the kids. I would like to make this with bananas, too.

Nutty Pumpkin Muffins

>1 1/2 cups flour
>1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
>1 cup wheat germ
>1 cup sugar
>1 cup brown sugar
>2 teaspoons salt
>2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
>1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger, nutmeg
Mix together in a large bowl and make a well.

>1 1/2 cups pumpkin (cooked and pureed - I used canned)
>4 eggs (lightly beaten)
>1/2 cup oil
>1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
>1 cup dates (chopped)
Add into the well and mix just until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into muffin tins. Bake in preheated oven at 350F until toothpick inserted in center of loaves comes out clean, 40 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

2 comments:

jacquie said...

these look really good...i love anything with pumpkin, but it's tough to find anything reasonably healthy. do you think i could reduce the oil at bit?

Melanie said...

Gosh, I really don't know, I don't experiment too much when baking (cooking, though, is another story). I will say that they were very moist, so the oil probably could be reduced and still be delicious!