As part of this whole process, I've been trying to stockpile the freezer with some meals and snacks. Today, I made pumpkin muffins. My house smells amazing!
The basis of this recipe was a pumpkin bread recipe I got from my MIL. I've altered it to try & make it a little healthier (and to use up what I have in the house). I also add more spices than the original, since I like my pumpkin with a lot of different spices. I do the same thing to pumpkin pie. You can use it to make either a loaf, or a dozen large muffins. Here's what you'll need:
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup mashed, cooked pumpkin (or a 28 ounce can of pumpkin)
1 cup of oil (I usually use canola)
Optional 3/4 cup of any of the following: raisins, chocolate chips, nuts (walnuts are nice), pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds - it's what I used today. They're high in iron!), unsalted sunflower seeds or dried cranberries. Traditionally this is made with 3/4 cup of raisins AND 3/4 cup of nuts, but I personally hate raisins in my baked goods.
Preheat your oven to 350 F and prepare your muffin tin or loaf pan.
Mix all your dry ingredients together (you can see the eggs and my ziplock of defrosted pumpkin behind the bowl. Kindly ignore the mug of hot chocolate).
Once your optional ingredients are all stirred in, you can pour the batter into your loaf pan, or spoon it into your muffin cups. Then, put it in the oven!
Here's the finished muffins I made today: