I’ve been feeling ambitious these days so I’ve been wanting to try new recipes for healthy treats to have around the house and for school and work lunches. This week I’m even going to an evening course, Holiday Baking 101 at Benanna Bakery with some of my other blogging sisters Kama Dawn Jones from Ethigal @kamadawnjones and Tracey from GlampFam Adventures @glampfam . I love things that get you into the holiday spirit! Don’t worry I will be sharing our adventures in the coming weeks. But today I want to share with you another favourite flavour for the fall season, Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins. I fell in love with these muffins at Chestnut Springs (@chestnutsprings) our local bakery in Yarrow, but can’t always make it there before they sell out. I decided that I needed to try and come up with a recipe that would satiate my craving for those delicious muffins when I couldn’t go there. One other thing, their muffins are Gluten Free, and are awesome! My recipe is not, but still really really good. These have turned out great and have quickly become another thing I can quickly whip up to add to the lunch menus for the week.
What Ya Need
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup coconut sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice ( I use Trader Joes)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can organic pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Coarse sugar, and pumpkin seeds for topping
How To Make the Magic Happen
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with your favourite cooking spray
2. In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Stir in pumpkin, oil, eggs, cranberries and pecans just until moistened. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle coarse sugar and pumpkin seeds evenly over batter in each cup.
3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm.
Take care not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can result in tough muffins with peaked tops and tunnels inside.