Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

img_6049Pumpkin Spice has been the autumn rage for several years now.  Confession: I LOVE ALL THINGS PS!  I adore going to Trader Joe’s & stocking up on pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin tortilla chips, pumpkin butter, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin beer….. well, you get the idea.  I may have a pumpkin problem.

ANYWAY, I decided to revamp a tasty pumpkin bread recipe that I have that is super high in sugar and fat, yet very tasty.  This is the result and I hope you enjoy!  Just baking it makes our house smell fall-like and delicious!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Makes about 18 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare muffin tins with cooking oil spray or muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together pumpkin, oil, applesauce, sugars and eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients.  Combine into wet ingredients bowl.
  4. Scoop batter into muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full.  Top with nuts, if desired.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Serve warm.  Delish!

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Author: drjennbowersnutrition

Dr. Bowers is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 25 years of experience in clinical nutrition, education and health promotion. Her down-to-earth philosophy is "All foods can fit!"

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