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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

© 2009 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist

I accept the coming of Fall only reluctantly. Though my ancestors all hailed from rainy, gloomy, Northern climes, I was born for sun and heat and Summer. Still, even I can acknowledge that fall does have its charms. Leaves changing colors. Glorious, glowing harvest moons. The incomparable coziness of the first sweater of the season. Those are nice. But, let's face it, for me to get excited about the Fall I have to focus on the food.

Sunday afternoon was crisp and cool and sunny. While le kid took an increasingly rare nap, I was gripped--gripped, I tell you!--by the need to make pumpkin muffins. There were a couple of reasons for this. One? Pumpkin + spice + cake-y, muffin-y goodness? You really need another reason? Well, alright then. See, I was feeling guilty because for most of the past week I had been sending the kiddo off to school with nothing more than a crummy pop-tart (organic! non-frosted! he calls them "pastries!") in his belly. By Friday I was feeling guilty, and I made eggs and bacon before leaving for work. Realistically, though, eggs and bacon just aren't going to be a regular week-day occurence in our house. Did you know that the sauté pan does not magically clean itself while the rest of the world toils away? Enter my new friend, pumpkin muffin.

I reasoned that if I enriched pumpkin (practically a superfood, no?) with whole wheat, I could feel really good (bordering on smug) about my food-based parenting skills. But everytime I've ever made muffins with whole wheat flour they've come out leaden and sawdusty. What to do? After some tinkering, I came up with a recipe that is very heavy on pumpkin and combines whole wheat flour with white cake flour (compromise, people!). The result is, if I may say, gloriously moist, light, and chockablock with pumpkin. I also used a mixture of white and brown sugars. The little bit of molasses from the brown sugar, combined with the ginger/cardamom/cinnamon gives these a gingerbread-y taste, too, of which I am very fond. Also? They come together easy-peasy and make a minimal mess. I'd say these are a keeper.

© 2009 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist

If you'd like to download and print the recipe, I've made it (as well as three blank recipe cards) available as a printable PDF.

Also? I cannot guarantee my accuracy (as my calculations are based on information gathered from calorie counters all over the Internet), but I think the nutrition info for these muffins breaks down like so: 220 Calories • 3.6 g protein • 6 g fat • 2 g protein.


Do you have a favorite autumnal recipe? Are you looking for something you can't quite put your finger on? Head over to the new discussion board (!) to share. Triumphs and failures welcome!

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Reader Comments (7)

Sounds delish! Now, if I can only get my hands on an oven... :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I might break my gluten/dairy-free diet for one of these. No pressure, but could you work on gluten-free recipes? The only g-f sweet treat I've found that I really like is a brownie. jam

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJAM

Man, oh man do I want one of these! But, alas...my prohibitive menu of the moment has an "if it's white, don't bite" rule. But, come December...I'm making these puppies!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I just pulled these out of the oven. Thanks SOOOO much for the recipe! I used all of your measurements with whole wheat flour, vegan butter and vegan egg substitute. They're SO, SO good and they made my house smell amazing! My husband said thanks. =)

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I made these muffins for breakfast Saturday morning for myself and sent some with Vin to work the next day. The guys loved them. They look and taste just like Autumn, which happens to be my most favorite season!

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

My 4 year old and I made these on date day last week and loved them! They were perfect for a cool, rainy day in Texas and I couldn't keep my girls from eating them all up. Thanks for the recipe!

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeralyn

i am on the hunt for the best pumpkin muffin recipe. i read on another blog (cant remember) that your recipe is one of the best. can't wait to try the recipe. what does the t mean? tsp or tbsp? please email me at ayazine@gmail.com thank you for this post! hope to hear from you soon!
xoxo, ayan

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAyan

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