Now that October is here, it’s officially time to indulge in all things pumpkin! As you know, “pumpkin flavored” foods, coffee, and snacks have become so prevalent it’s hard to choose where to indulge and when to take a pass. (I’m looking at you, pumpkin shaped candy corn!)
We developed this grain free pumpkin chip muffin to satisfy all your pumpkin needs without sugary additives, artificial flavors, or excessive calories. This muffin is jam packed with fiber and protein, offers a hint of warmth (from almond flour and toasted walnuts), and is pushed over the top with fall warming spices, vanilla and dairy free chocolate chips!
We tested this recipe quite a few times to ensure the texture was soft and luxurious without the addition of gluten or refined sugars. After numerous tweaks we decided on a combination of organic almond and coconut flours, and opted for whole eggs. The base of this muffin recipe is extremely versatile. We suggest altering the recipe to your liking by adding or subtracting mix-ins based on your dietary needs and preferences.
Is all pumpkin created equal?
When we bake and cook with pumpkin, we mean the real thing! We love roasting small fresh pumpkins or other varieties of winter squash. The outcome is creamy, slightly sweet, healthy and satisfying. If you prefer to use canned pumpkin, the texture and consistency is amazing for baked goods, and the canning process retains the pumpkin’s nutritional profile. When buying canned pumpkin, be sure to look for 100% pumpkin puree to avoid excess sugar and additives.
Why we love pumpkin!
Pumpkin contains powerful antioxidants, and is rich in vitamin-A, vitamin-C, and vitamin-E. Most notably, pumpkin contains nearly 200% of the RDA for Vitamin A. Pumpkin is actually classified as a fruit, and is an excellent source of dietary fiber. Fresh pumpkin contains approximately 4 grams of fiber per serving and canned pumpkin contains over 7 grams of fiber per serving. Pumpkin is considered a naturally heart healthy food. It is extremely rich in potassium which helps to control blood pressure. Lastly, pumpkin contains carotenoid pigments which have anti-cancer properties and are know to promote eye health.
Try this recipe and let us know what you think!