While I try to focus a whole lot more on clean eating and nutrition than anything else when it comes to food these days, there are just some connections I can’t help but ignore.
One of my fondest memories from this time of year is coming home to fresh baked pumpkin muffins on a Sunday morning when my dad had been staying with my grandpa after his stroke. We’d gather in the kitchen and enjoy them as a family as a fun way to reconnect and enjoy a little treat after having all gone our separate ways throughout the week.
So when I had the opportunity to recreate the same experience for my little girl (and to share a few muffins with some other mamas I love) recently, you better believe I took full advantage of it. But I did tweak his recipe a bit and swap honey for the traditional sugar and added in some oats for a little more fiber. Nonetheless, I think my dad would be proud of these Clean Eating Pumpkin Muffins!
These clean eating muffins are toddler approved and will have you celebrating the fall season in no time!
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- 1¾ cups whole wheat flour
- ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
- ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease muffin cups with olive oil.
- In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together with a whisk. Add eggs and beat well. Mix in the pumpkin and water, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and allspice.
- Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats and cinnamon. Bake muffins for 25 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
- Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack. These muffins are delicate until they cool, so allow them to cool completely before removing them from the tin. (You might want to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan.)
- Enjoy muffins as is or with a spread of nut butter or regular butter.
I love how easily you can switch these up too! They’d be super yummy with any combination of nuts or even cranberries!
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