pumpkin spice muffin goodness

The most delicious way to start a Saturday morning in October is with loads of coffee and baking! I woke up this morning absolutely needing to bake these pumpkin muffins that I found during my pumpkin bake fest nearly a year ago! The first time I made these, I used all whole wheat flour which added a fantastic texture and substance to these sweet lovelies.

My pantry was fresh out of whole wheat flour this morning, so I tried this recipe with all purpose flour. Never able to make the same recipe twice, I also made a few more tweaks including walnuts, sugar in the raw and vanilla extract. The large texture of sugar in the raw makes the top of these muffins sparkle!

Sweet + Spicy Pumpkin Muffins
[12 standard size muffins]

the goods:

  • 12 paper muffin liners, standard size
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour [for a twist: try at least half whole wheat or buckwheat flour]
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 [15 oz.] can organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp each of: cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ginger [can do more/less of any one depending how much you love the fall spices!]**
  • 1 cup sugar in the raw
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts [or pecans], optional

+ the finish:

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar in the raw

prep it up:
Arrange oven rack in middle position.
Preheat oven to 350°f.
Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

bake it up:
Whisk together flour and baking powder in a small bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, spices, sugar, baking soda, and salt until smooth. Stir in the walnuts [or pecans] until distributed evenly. Whisk in the flour mixture until just combined.

Fill muffin cups about ¾ full with prepared batter. Sprinkle the top of each muffin cup batter with cinnamon then spoon-sprinkle sugar in the raw to muffins before baking. Bake until puffed and golden brown for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer muffins to a cooling rack.

Enjoy these sweet nuggets warm. They are delish alone or with some butter, apple butter or pumpkin butter! Happy baking!

*This recipe appears to be the original Gourmet mag recipe our healthy mom adapted her recipe from.

**If you’re feeling extra spicy, check out this super cute diy pumpkin pie spice recipe + packaging and make your own spice combo before baking!

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