Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins



These muffins are super healthy and perfect for breakfast or a quick snack. The fibre from the whole wheat, oats, and pumpkin will keep you feeling full and satisfied without weighing you down or giving you a sugar crash an hour after eating it, plus there's a whopping 4 grams of protein in each muffin! I've included the nutritional info. for the muffins at the bottom of the recipe so you can see just how healthy they are. And the best part is they taste amazing!

Ingredients:

1 and 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 and 1/4 cups quick oats
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1/8 tsp. ground allspice)
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 1 large banana or 2 small)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Topping:
1 Tbsp. raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 Tbsp. oats



Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. 

In a bowl whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. In another bowl combine the pumpkin, bananas, brown sugar, oil and egg. 


Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the liquid mixture. Stir together until just incorporated - do not overmix or you will have tough, rubbery muffins. In a small dish, combine the pepitas and oats for the topping


Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle with the topping and very gently press it into the batter so it will stick onto the baked muffin. Bake for 16 - 18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 12 muffins.

Nutrition Info. per Muffin:

140 calories
4 grams fat - healthy fat from the seeds, oil, and oats
3 grams fibre
4 grams protein



*Recipe by Brooke McMillan

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