Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pumpkin Vanilla Muffins (clean eating)

Hello September.  Enter : pumpkin spice everything.  Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin spice toilet paper, pumpkin spice deodorant.  Seriously.  Everything.

Fortunately I don't let our family fall into the trap of artificial pumpkin flavors.  We like the real deal.  So onto the bandwagon I go.  Capitalizing on the everything pumpkin. But we're doing it the clean eating, natural way so I'll be whipping up a new pumpkin recipe each week using what I have in my kitchen!  

This week:  Pumpkin Vanilla Mini Muffins for the kiddos (and grown ups!). 

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1 c whole wheat flour
1 c quick cook oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c flaxseed meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 pkg vanilla Shakeology (or vanilla protein)
2 tbsp chia seeds 
3/4 c vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 egg
1 c pumpkin purée 
1/4 c honey 
1/4 c dark chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 350* and spray a mini muffin pan with EVOO cooking spray 
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  Add wet ingredients to dry and mix thoroughly with a spatula.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Spoon into muffin cups and fill them full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes.  Enjoy!  

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