Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pumpkin Raisin Oat Muffins

For those of us that love to bake, the first hint of fall weather (or really, just the word September) often starts brings about the strong desire to bake with pumpkin. And with the recent rumors of a pumpkin shortage, I ran out to the store and picked up some cans of the pumpkin puree - I need to go back soon to stockpile it! So when I saw these healthy muffins on my friend Jenn's blog, I decided they would be a good starting point for all things pumpkin.

Jenn suggests using yogurt instead of butter to make these a bit healthier, but I had some applesauce in my fridge already so I used that instead. Various taste-testers approved these and said you could barely notice that there was no butter! I often think I can taste a small difference, but for a mid-morning snack, they are perfect and you feel good eating them.

Pumpkin Raisin Oat Muffins
slightly adapted from Jenn and Food, Perfect Together
Makes 12 muffins

3/4 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted or 1/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease and flour or line a 12-cup muffin tin.

Whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, stir together the pumpkin, milk, egg, and butter/applesauce. Make a well in the dry mixture and gradually stir the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture, just until all ingredients are moistened. Fold in the raisins.

Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling about 3/4 of the way. Bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.


BMK said...

Yum! Its definitely time to break out the pumpkin. Apples and pumpkin are a perfect fall combination.

Peabody said...

Well, I love all things pumpkin...and add the oats, and this is health food. ;)

Jenn said...

I agree, I do feel better eating these. I did the snack thing with them too. Glad you enjoyed them!

Pam said...

I love pumpkin anything so I know I would love these muffins.

elly said...

These look great! My favorite healthy muffin I make are pumpkin ones because the pumpkin adds so much moistness, too. I can't wait to make them. I keep forgetting to look for pumpkin at the store!

Amanda said...

I just made these and they rocked! Thanks for sharing - healthy and delicious.

mrszimm said...

Made these today! So good! Thanks for sharing. :)