Organic Pumpkin Muffins

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With my daughter coming home from college next week, I thought I would bake her some moist and light pumpkin muffins. This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart’s “Pumpkin Muffins.” I modified the recipe by using organic ingredients whenever possible, added some salt and some more pumpkin pie spice.  What I especially like about these muffins were that they contain healthy whole wheat flour, low-fat yogurt and walnuts!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup organic canola oil
  • 1½ cup organic whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ cup organic all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin
  • 1 cup organic plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1½ cups walnuts, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 24 baking cups into 2 regular size 12-cup muffin tins.
  2. Using a medium bowl, whisk flours, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Using a large bowl, whisk oil, pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, and sugar thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and 1 cup walnuts. Mix until ingredients are moistened, being careful not to over mix the batter.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin tins. (Batter goes to approximately 3/8″ from the top edge of baking cup). Sprinkle the rest of the walnuts on top of the muffins. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. To test for doneness, insert toothpick in the center of muffin. If it comes out clean, it is done. Cool muffins in pans for 5 minutes. Makes 24 regular size muffins.

http://www.marthastewart.com/355570/pumpkin-muffins

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Organic Coffee with Pumkpin Pie Spice

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I switched over to organic coffee many months ago while shopping at Costco. How could anyone pass up a 32 ounce of organic coffee (100% arabica beans) for about ten dollars! It was a light to medium roast, perfect for me!

Now, I had to figure out how I was going to get my pumpkin pie spice coffee for my husband, who has to drink decaffeinated coffee, and me, who drinks regular. So this morning, I put 1 teaspoon of the “Pumpkin Pie Spice” that I made last week, into my freshly grounded coffee. It came out better than I what I expected!

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

Make sure your spices aren’t too old. They lose their “intensity” over time.  Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and place in a container with a tight lid. Makes about 1/3 cup.

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee

  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Ground coffee enough to make 8 cups

Place the Pumpkin Pie Spice into the filter along with the ground coffee. Brew and serve. Since every coffee is different, you may have to make a slight adjustment to the amount of the spice.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

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I am planning ahead and want to bake some pumpkin muffins for my daughter when she comes home from college for Thanksgiving. The recipe I am going to use requires pumpkin pie spice, so I decided to make my own! This is from good old Betty Crocker!

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

Make sure your spices aren’t too old. They lose their “intensity” over time.  Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and place in a container with a tight lid. Makes about 1/3 cup.

Blogger’s note: I am planning on switching over to organic spices when their bottles are empty. Target had organic cinnamon and ginger at a very reasonable price.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/baking-tips/how-to-make-pumpkin-pie-spice