Monday, October 3, 2016

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Chips

It's pumpkin season!  I currently own two jars of pumpkin butter and some pumpkin cereal from Trader Joe's.  I went to a party on Sunday where I ate pumpkin sandwich cookies.  I'm a sucker for seasonal products at the grocery store.

It's always good to have a few muffins stuck in your freezer.  They make a quick, last minute breakfast. I have a few muffin recipes on my blog. 

This pumpkin muffin recipe came from Food Network.  It seems to be a little healthier than your usual pumpkin muffin recipe.  It calls for whole grain pastry flour.  I used almond flour because I already had some on hand.  I also made it less healthy by adding chocolate chips and pecans.  I accidentally bought pumpkin pie puree instead of regular pumpkin puree.  

The ingredients I used are 1 cup all-purpose flour, almond flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar, 3 tablespoons unsoldered molasses, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, 1 cup canned pumpkin pie puree, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup buttermilk, 1 cup chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup pecans.

In a bowl, I whisked together the almond flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

In another bowl, I whisked the sugar, molasses, oil, and one egg together.

I whisked in the remaining egg, pumpkin pie puree, and vanilla.

I stirred in half of the flour mixture and the mixed in half of the buttermilk.

I then mixed in the remaining flour mixture and then the remaining buttermilk.

I stirred in the chocolate chips and the pecans.

I filled a the paper muffin liners three fourths full of batter.

I baked the muffins for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.  I let them cool for about 15 minutes before digging in.

These were delicious muffins.  They had warm spices.  The were dense and moist.

The spices and pumpkin flavor were a perfect way to welcome in fall.

 The chocolate chips and pecans added texture and flavor.  They were scrumptious and toothsome.

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