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Pumpkin and Pepita Muffins

Being laid up at home definitely calls for a cozy batch of muffins…

Do you ever have one of those days when nothing’s going well and all you want is a homemade muffin? And then those are nearly a disaster in and of themselves? That was definitely me a couple days ago. I spent the first few hours of my day in urgent care after a horse mishap the day before. After a few hours, I found out I have a fracture right under my eye along with a mild concussion. By the time I got home, I still had time before running to the ophthalmologist to check for eye damage. Even though I was tired, I felt like baking a quick batch of Pumpkin and Pepita Muffins.

pumpkin and pepita muffins

…That is until they’re nearly ruined!

I gathered my ingredients and whipped up the batter for the recipe below. In about 20 minutes, I expected to have 12 beautiful, fluffy, flavorful muffins. But when it came time to test them with a toothpick, I tried to grab the pan with one oven-mitt. Sounds easy enough, right? It’s not a heavy pan after all. But then again, there’s not a lot of space to hold onto and I quickly realized I needed two hands. As I tried to place the muffins back in the oven, one of them on the corner bit the dust! Like how does that even happen?! How does just ONE muffin fall out of a deep tin like that?!

pumpkin and pepita muffins

Well, regardless of how it happened, I had a big mess to worry about instead. I grabbed most of the muffin from the rack, but a few pieces fell to the bottom of the 400 degree oven. Not only that, but when I tested the muffins, they weren’t done and had to go back in! At this point, the frustration was getting to me. I was tired with a headache and a broken face and now had to turn off the oven, clean it out, and get 11 half baked muffins back in. I was afraid they would cave in or something due to all the temperature changes, but to my surprise they actually turned out!

pumpkin and pepita muffins

Moral of the story:

So I guess the takeaway from my experience is to always use two hands when putting things in or taking things out of ovens. Sounds like common sense, but apparently not. Another thing I found out is that this recipe is pretty resistant to rapid temperature changes, which is great for checking for doneness along the way.

Despite the hassle, these Pumpkin and Pepita Muffins were totally worth it. Go ahead and give this recipe a try–I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

How can I make this recipe vegan?

Simply substitute the milk for a non-dairy alternative.

Can I make these without refined sugar?

Absolutely! Instead of regular table sugar, you can substitute organic sugar. Also, try using pure dark maple syrup in place of molasses.

pumpkin and pepita muffins

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Pumpkin and Pepita Muffins

Light, fluffy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins with crunchy pepitas on top. Pumpkin and Pepita Muffins make for a perfect cozy breakfast!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, chocolate, fall dessert, muffin, pumpkin
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Rachel Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin purée
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp black strap molasses or dark maple syrup
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Pepitas for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425° and line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
  • Whisk all the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips and pepitas in a large bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk all of the wet ingredients together. Then combine the wet and dry in the large bowl. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and evenly distribute the batter between the muffin cups. If you want bigger muffins, fill 10 cups nearly full. Otherwise, you can make 12 regular muffins by filling cups ⅔ full.
  • Bake for 6-7 minutes at 425°.When the muffins start rising, turn the oven down to 400° and bake for another 8-10 minutes.Test them with a toothpick to see when they are done.Let them cool for about 15 minutes before placing them on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Notes

To make vegan, substitute milk for a non-dairy alternative and use vegan chocolate chips.
To make refined sugar free, use the maple syrup option instead of molasses and substitute organic sugar for conventional table sugar.
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Refined-Sugar Free Date Bars

During Christmastime, it seems like the flow of cookies, bars, cakes, and pies is endless. It can be really hard to stick to a clean-eating regimen with all this temptation around, so while I’m busy in the kitchen whipping up desserts right and left, I like to alter recipes any way I can to make them a tad bit healthier. In this case, as the name suggests, Refined-Sugar Free Date Bars are totally free from refined sugar! What do I use instead? Organic Joolie’s Medjool Dates for the filling and sucanat for the top and bottom. Does that mean you should eat the entire pan in one sitting? Well, I wouldn’t recommend it, but you can certainly feel better about enjoying them in moderation! 🙂

Refined-Sugar Free Date Bars are super simple! They just have two parts: the crumble for the top and bottom and the date paste in between. The crumble is pretty basic, consisting of oats, flour, sucanat, baking soda, salt, cinnamon (or any of your favorite baking spices), and butter. All you have to do is grind the oats in a food processor, whisk with the other dry ingredients, and and bind it together with cold butter.

The filling is even simpler: dates and water. After boiling the dates, they can be pulsed in a food processor until a nice paste forms. There’s no need to add any anything else since they’re naturally sweet and bursting with flavor.

If you’re looking for a unique treat to bring to your next Christmas gathering or are trying to keep desserts on the healthier side, then these bars are the perfect solution! Check out the links below for similar recipes you might enjoy!

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Medjool Date Bars

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 bars
Author: Rachel Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Joolie's dates pitted
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sucanat
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter chilled

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, add the dates and water. Bring to a boil, before reducing heat and simmering for about five minutes.
  • Remove from heat and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the oats to a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. In a large bowl, whisk the oats, flour, sucanat, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Cut the butter butter into small pieces and use a pastry blender to incorporate it into the dry ingredients. If your food processor is big enough, you can also mix it in there.
  • Put ⅔ of the mixture into the baking dish and press it down until it evenly covers the bottom.
  • Place the dates in the food processor and pulse until you achieve a smooth, thick paste. Spread it over layer of dough in the baking dish and smooth it out using an offset spatula.
  • Crumble the rest of the dough on top. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool before slicing. Store in the refrigerator