Treat Yourself Tuesday: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

img_3448Two weeks in a row? What’s happening with me! I had a few days where I actually felt like I had a lot of energy, so after getting a bunch of work done I decided to work on my blog.

Last year I posted pumpkin muffins. They’re low-calorie and low-fat. They are still pretty good. But this year it’s not about restricting. You shouldn’t have to feel bad about food. It’s about making food you love and enjoying it. Just don’t go overboard. That’s the point of Treat Yourself Tuesday. So this year here are much more indulgent, but probably much more delicious, pumpkin muffins.

 

What you’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (an extra 1/2 tsp for topping)
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar (an extra 1/4 cup for topping)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (15oz) can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 tsp cold butter (for topping)

img_3447Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the flours, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugars, oil, water, eggs and pumpkin. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Spoon batter into muffin cups (about 3/4 full).

In a separate bowl mix together the 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Cut in pieces of the butter and mash together with your hands until the topping is chunky. Sprinkle this mixture over the muffins and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted into the muffins and come out clean.

Enjoy fall! Enjoy muffins!

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Two Pumpkin Muffin Recipes

I am one of those people who are apumpkin muffins little obsessed with pumpkin during fall… (yes, I’ve already had a pumpkin spice latte this year) so expect a few pumpkin recipes. I love baked goods with pumpkin, but if you’ve ever tried to grab a pumpkin scone from Starbucks… you know it is insanely high in calories. So I made two pumpkin muffin recipes. They have the same base recipe but each have their own twist.

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chocolate chip pumpkin muffin closeFor chocolate lovers I made Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins.

They’re only 110 calories per muffin (granted they are on the smaller side) and satisfy a great chocolate craving.

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almond pumpkin muffin closeThe second is Low-Calorie Honey Almond Pumpkin Muffins.

These are only 85 calories each, and i love the drizzle of honey on the top.

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Really I recommend make your own twist too! Use the basic recipe for the pumpkin muffin, and mix in whatever you’d like!

GET READY FOR MORE PUMPKIN RECIPES!!!!!

Low-Calorie Honey Almond Pumpkin Muffins

almond pumpkin muffin closeI’m on a big almond kick right now, and loved the idea of getting a nice crunch in the middle of a muffin. And since it’s fall… let’s make it pumpkin!

They’re only 85 calories a muffin! If you remove the honey and almonds and decide to do a plain pumpkin muffin, it’s only 65 calories each!

*Also check out my recipe for Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Calories: 85 per muffin (makes about 12 muffins *note this muffins are a little small, if you want larger muffins fill up only 9 of the 12 spaces in the muffin tin)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 4 tbsps brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

almond pumpkin muffin farIn one bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, honey and apple sauce. blend together. In a separate bowl add the salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and whole wheat flour. Add the wet and dry ingredients together. DO NOT OVER MIX. Over mixing will make these too dense. Fold in the sliced almonds. Evenly distribute the batter in the muffin tray. (you don’t have to, but I used cupcake wrappers. If you don’t, just make sure you grease the pan.) Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until you can poke a toothpick into the muffin, and have it come out clean. Drizzle the top of the muffins with honey.

Enjoy the guilt-free muffins!

Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

chocolate chip pumpkin muffin closeIf you’re a fan of chocolate and pumpkin these muffins are extremely satisfying. And only 110 calories a piece! If you remove the chocolate chips and decide to do a plain pumpkin muffin, it’s only 65 calories per muffin.

*Also check out my recipe for Low-Calorie Honey Almond Pumpkin Muffins

Calories: 110 per muffin (makes about 12 muffins *note this muffins are a little small, if you want larger muffins fill up only 9 of the 12 spaces in the muffin tin)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 4 tbsps brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

chocolate chip pumpkin muffin farIn one bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, egg, vanilla extract and apple sauce. blend together. In a separate bowl add the salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and whole wheat flour. Add the wet and dry ingredients together. DO NOT OVER MIX. Over mixing will make these too dense. Fold in the chocolate chips. Evenly distribute the batter in the muffin tray. (you don’t have to, but I used cupcake wrappers. If you don’t, just make sure you grease the pan.) Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until you can poke a toothpick into the muffin, and have it come out clean.

Enjoy the guilt-free muffins!