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Recipes for fall: Healthy pumpkin oat muffins

October is upon us. Get ready for pumpkin-flavored everything!

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October is upon us, so it’s time to enjoy pumpkin-flavored everything! The first installment of a series of pumpkin-centric dishes celebrating both the sweet and the savory side of the winter squash is a pumpkin oatmeal muffin. (Also try the recipes for Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Scones.)

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These pumpkin muffins have a minimal amount of sugar in them, reducing the risk of a midmorning crash, but they still feel like a treat.

The oats add extra fiber and protein, and give the muffins added texture.  These are great to pack in a lunchbox or as a quick and easy grab-and-go breakfast.

Makes 12 muffins

1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs

½ cup canola oil

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon salt

Heat the oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, vanilla extract, eggs and canola oil. Whisk until smooth.

Put the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a medium bowl, and mix well. Fold the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until combined.

Line a muffin tin with baking liners, then divide the batter between all 12 liners. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown on top and cooked through. Once cool, store the pumpkin muffins in an airtight container.

This updated story was first published on Oct. 8, 2015.

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About the Author

Jo Eike

Jo Eike has cooked and eaten her way across the world, and her favorite thing is sharing new cuisines and interesting meals with her family. She discovered Seattle as her forever home a dozen years ago and lives within hooting distance of the zoo with her husband and three children.