These Spiced Pumpkin Muffins are moist, filling, nutritious, and adaptable to your own personal preferences. Enjoy them with chocolate chips or raisins.
Spiced Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin isn’t just for fall, is it? These pumpkin muffins are sweetened with maple syrup which has been on my mind a lot lately. While I was developing this recipe, Charlie and I were following the Elimination Diet Meal Plan. I had used some canned pumpkin for one of Dr. Kimberley’s lovely recipes and had some leftover. Not one to let food go to waste, I decided I must create a recipe to use it up.
There’s plenty to eat on the diet, so eating the test batches of these muffins gave us an abundance of food! We shared them with several other people who gave very positive, encouraging feedback. I made a couple of test batches and kept careful notes. Later when it was time for more pumpkin porridge for the diet, I confirmed the recipe ingredients and methods, shot the photos, and filmed the video with the leftovers. Of course, I tested the muffins with raisins while chocolate was being eliminated. We really enjoyed them that way, but I know that raisins are not everyone’s “cup of tea.”
Because we had been eliminating eggs and dairy during the testing of this recipe, these muffins are dairy- and egg-free as well as the usual gluten-free! Spiced Pumpkin Muffins are something that almost everyone can eat. It you’re allergic to almonds, you could try substituting a different nut flour.
Pumpkin is very high in vitamin A and a great source of fibre. The seeds are rich in phytosterols which have been shown to lower bad cholesterol.
If you roast your own pumpkin, be sure to save the seeds. For convenience, I used canned pumpkin in this recipe. Make sure that you’re buying pure pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie filling, which has sugar and spices added to it.
Scroll down past the recipe to watch a short video of the process.
Leftover Pumpkin Puree
Whether you bought a big can of pumpkin or roasted your own, you’ll probably have some leftover. You could either make several batches of muffins, perhaps one with each variation, or whip up a pumpkin pie.
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