Simply Healthy Family: Pumpkin-Cranberry Streusel Muffins

22.11.10

Pumpkin-Cranberry Streusel Muffins

I've officially discovered the world's best muffin. Don't be jealous, I'm posting the recipe right here for you to try. ;) I took a basic recipe for pumpkin muffins and cut out most of the fat and a lot of the sugar and then  added delicious, All Natural flavors and Whole Grains. Oh if only you could smell my house right now!

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You Will Need:

1 cup *Whole Grain Flour    (see below for options)

1 cup Oat flour

2 tablespoons flax meal mixed in 1/4 cup tepid water

1/4 cup Wheat Germ 

1 cup light brown sugar + 2 tablespoons for topping

1 cup *pumpkin puree

1 cup fresh cranberries + 1/4 cup chopped for topping

1 cup walnuts chopped + 1/4 cup for topping

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup applesauce

1/2 tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice OR 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/4 t ground ginger, 1/8 t allspice, 1/8 t nutmeg




Putting it all Together:

Pre-heat oven to 400F. Prepare muffin pan by lightly rubbing Crisco on the inside of the tins and then lightly dusting flour over the inside of tins. * Crisco doesn't absorb into the batter like butter, oil or baking spray's.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat oil, applesauce and sugar. Add egg, beat until well combined. Add pumpkin beat 2 more minutes. Add dry ingredients half at a time. Mix to combine. Fold in cranberries and nuts, don't over mix.

Spoon batter into muffin tins almost to top. In a small bowl combine chopped cranberries, chopped walnuts and brown sugar. Sprinkle onto top of muffins. Bake at 400F for 20-23 minutes until toothpick comes out dry. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.









 * Important Health Note on Whole Grains


Whole grains are cereal grains that contain germ, endosperm, and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm. Whole grains can generally be sprouted while refined grains generally will not sprout. Wholemeal products are made by grinding whole grains in order to make wholegrain flour. Whole grains are a natural source of protein as well as a source of carbohydrates and are made into many different kinds of foods.

Wholegrain products can be identified by the ingredients list. Typically, if the ingredient lists "wholewheat," "wholemeal," or "whole corn" as the first ingredient, the product is a wholegrain food item. On the other hand, terms such as "enriched" and "bromated," among others, could indicate that the food lacks wholegrain. Whole grains are healthier than their enriched counterparts.[citation needed]



*** "Wheat flour" (as opposed to "wholegrain wheat flour" or "wholewheat flour") as the first ingredient is not a clear indicator of the product's wholegrain content. If two ingredients are listed as grain products but only the second is listed as wholegrain, the entire product may contain between 1% and 49% whole grain.[1] Many breads are colored brown (often with molasses) and made to look like wholegrain, but are not. In addition, some food manufacturers make foods with whole-grain ingredients, but, because whole-grain ingredients are not the dominant ingredient, they are not wholegrain products. Contrary to popular belief, fiber is not indicative of whole grains. The amount of fiber varies from grain to grain, and some products may have things like bran, peas, or other foods added to boost the fiber content


* Common whole grains include:

Wheat

Oat

Barley - Hulled and Dehulled (not Pearl)

Maize

Brown rice

Farro

Emmer

Einkorn

Rye

Spelt

Millet

Quinoa

Amaranth

Triticale

Teff

Sprouted Grains

 
 
 
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25 comments:

  1. Those really do look fantastic. Great job on makiing them healthier!

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  2. Anonymous11/22/2010

    OMG - I'm going to go make these RIGHT NOW!!! Yummo

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  3. We love muffins around here and these are the kind we can feel good about! Thanks!!!

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  4. There are gorgeous, I love how full they are.

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  5. Anonymous11/22/2010

    Remember I am right around the corner so I can give a thumbs up or down. I really do feel you need an outside opinion!! :)

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  6. Did you see the video of Baby Maria eating your apple slaw? She loved it. We had it again today for lunch.

    I'm in love with your recipes!

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  7. Those are some gorgeous muffins! I love how you healthified them - I have been wanting to try the flax meal instead of eggs trick!

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  8. What incredible muffins! They look like they came straight out of a fancy bakery!

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  9. Thank you so much everyone! Pumpkin makes everything so effortlessly delicious!
    @ Damaris, baby Maria is seriously so beautiful! She also has very good taste in food! ;-)

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  10. These sound delicious! I love pumpkin in muffins--or anything really. I bet your house smelled amazing after making these. And thanks for the breakdown on whole grains--whole grain, whole wheat, and all those terms can get very confusing!

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  11. They do look amazing...and I'm sure they taste even better. Pumpkin does wonders to baked goods! I loved seeing the cranberries and nuts...you can tell these are wholesome! Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving!

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  12. I love muffins! Yours looks amazing! YUM!

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  13. Oh yeah , i agree , truly pretty muffins!!
    Love the red in them ,like jewels!!
    happy holidays!

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  14. I am always looking for the perfect breakfast muffin and here it is!

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  15. Those muffins look too good to be true...and such a creative way to use pumpkin! I was just thinking how to use some pumpkin and this might just be it!

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  16. Those muffins look so delicious and beautiful! I wish I had some of those for breakfast right now. YUM! :)

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  17. I'd love to have one of these right now for breakfast! Perhaps, I'll have to make them tomorrow morning!

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  18. I love how you transformed these! I almost have everything in my pantry, except the oat flour. But I am going to the grocery today...Thanks for the recipe, miss thang!;)

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  19. Your muffins look delicious and so pretty! I love all of the information whole grains, so much to learn.

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  20. @ Lauren, you could use whole oats and blend them in your food processor, that's what I usually do! ;)

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  21. @ Lauren, you could use whole oats and blend them in your food processor, that's what I usually do! ;)

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  22. Your muffins look delicious and so pretty! I love all of the information whole grains, so much to learn.

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  23. Those muffins look so delicious and beautiful! I wish I had some of those for breakfast right now. YUM! :)

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  24. Anonymous8/13/2011

    OMG - I'm going to go make these RIGHT NOW!!! Yummo

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  25. Those really do look fantastic. Great job on makiing them healthier!

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