Wednesday, November 19

Healthy Pumpkin Spice & Cranberry Muffins

You know when you go to your favorite restaurant and your faced with the major decision of ordering your safe delicious favorite or branching out and trying something new and potentially being disapointed? There is this local Mexican restaurant in my town and I'm pretty sure the last three times my husband and I have been there we have ordered the same thing as the times before. Despite my INTENT to try something new I always fall back on my favorite. Anyway, not related to Mexican food I found this tasty recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins last year and pretty sure I have made them six times just in the last few weeks. If you have been following this blog than you know I love, love, love muffins! Although the original recipe was fairly healthy I wanted to make these truly guilt free and still taste and moist and delicious as the original recipe!

Once you try these you'll see why these have quickly become by favorite go-to muffin! Moist and fluffy bakery style muffins without all the sugar and bakery price tag.

Adapted from The Fit Housewife

Healthy Pumpkin Spice & Cranberry Muffins

Yield: 12 Muffins

2 scant cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Dash of cardamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg at room temperature
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/3 cup kefir or plain yogurt
1/3 cup raw honey, melted
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup finely grated carrots
1 cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
Additional cinnamon to top muffins
Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a muffin pan with liners or by lightly greasing the tins.

In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl combine the egg, pumpkin puree, kefir, melted honey, oil and vanilla. Gently stir in the carrots and cranberries.

Gently fold in the dry ingredients to the wet and stir just until combined. Be careful not to over mix or your muffins will not rise properly.

Divide muffin batter evenly between tins and sprinkle with ground flax, cinnamon and chocolate chips(optional). Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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