Pumpkins move front and center in recipes this time of year. Considered an anti-oxidant power house, pumpkins are rich in vitamins A and C. These vitamins help boost immunity, support vision health and promote healthy skin. Pumpkins are also rich in fiber, so you feel fuller longer. (One cup of canned pumpkin provides 7 grams of fiber.) This pumpkin recipe is one easy and yummy way to help you and your family take advantage of the benefits pumpkin has to offer. If you want to really increase the anti-oxidant benefits of this recipe, substitute fresh, chopped baby kale or spinach for the apples.
Praline Pumpkin Apple Muffins
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup peeled, diced apples (~ 1/4” pieces)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup flour
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 400℉. Grease bottoms only of muffin pan.
Combine all the topping ingredients in a small bowl. Use a pastry blender tool or your fingers to mix them into a crumbly topping. Set aside.
To make batter, mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flours, sugar, baking powder & soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
In a medium bowl, blend the remaining ingredients. Combine the pumpkin mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until blended.
Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Sprinkle batter with topping mixture. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Makes 1 dozen muffins.