Hearty Granola Pumpkin Muffins

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ah, the season for all things pumpkin. I must admit, my love for pumpkin everything didn't start until my mid 20s; now I wonder how I ever lived without it. All the cozy, warm spices and fall flavors - it's impossible to go through the season without AT LEAST one pumpkin treat. 

But sometimes, one treat can lead to too many - hey, we've all been there! But have no fear, I created a muffin recipe full of nutrients without skimping on flavor. These hearty granola pumpkin muffins are just the thing to satisfy your taste buds if you're looking for a guilt-free treat. And for all of you who are looking to indulge (because you deserve it), no worries! More pumpkin recipes are coming your way :)

The secret is substituting a few ingredients for better ones like oat flour, coconut oil, and maple syrup. The star ingredient of course is pure pumpkin puree.

Before starting the mixture, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tin. Then, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the softened coconut oil and maple syrup - it might look a little clumpy, but don't worry. Add the pumpkin puree, eggs, and vanilla and mix until everything is combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined. 

Fold in the granola.

Use an ice cream scoop and divide the batter evenly - you should get about 12 muffins. 

I topped each muffin off with some more granola for a decorative look, but that's optional. Bake for about 20 minutes or until fully cooked through - I like using the toothpick test. 

That's it! Be sure to let them cool before consuming/handling...unlike me, who couldn't wait :) 

Hearty Granola Pumpkin Muffins
(makes about 12 muffins)

1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Oat Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Coconut Oil, softened
1 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 & 1/3 cups of Granola

*Cooking Instructions above

A sweet fall treat that's healthy and hearty, perfect for breakfast on-the-go or as an afternoon pick me up. Trust me, you're going to love these! 

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