Giving thanks…papa and pumpkin!

Happy Friday!

It’s COLD out there! The sky is grey, the air is damp and chilly, and this mama is having a great (and only normally chaotic) morning. I’m just so excited that it’s Thanksgiving weekend! The boys and I went and collected leaves and berries for decorating, there’s a fire in the woodstove, and there are fresh pumpkin muffins on the counter. And, best of all, Papa is coming home late tonight to kick off the weekend with joy! Yay!

Now, about those muffins. I reeeeally like pumpkiny goodness. Muffins, pie, squares, whatever. There’s something about the moist spicyness that’s just perfect on a chilly day. That said, I haven’t really had a ‘go to’ recipe for muffins. When I Google ‘best pumpkin muffins’, well, everyone thinks they’ve done it. There’s a huge scope; some are light, some are dense, some are mild, etc. I finally decided just to make my own. I won’t claim them as “the best” as I think they fit a fairly specific audience. They’re dense, moist, spicey, and on the low end of sugar, fat, and gluten. If you’re looking for a big, fluffy, sweet thing, this isn’t it. It’s more like pumkin-pie, as a muffin.

So, check ’em out. We like them (especially warmed and slathered in butter. I always prefer adding the butter to taste it when eating, instead of just fatting it up in the batter).

Dea’s (optional-flour/sugar/fat) Spicy Pumpkin Muffins

2 cups pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
3 cups flour of your choice (this time around I used 1 cup buckwheat, 1 ½ ground oats, ¼ cup rye
½ tbsp baking powder
½ tbsp baking soda
1 ½ tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
½ tbsp ground ginger
a few cracks of nice salt (1/2 tsp?)
1/2 cup walnuts or raisins (optional)

1 cup sweet (i did 1/2 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup dark brown sugar. It was mildly sweet and quite nice!)
½ cup fat (olive oil, melted butter, etc)
3 eggs
½ tbsp vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients.
Mix the wet.
Add them together and gently combine.
Scoop into muffin cups (i did 12 regular muffins and 2 huge muffin tops)
Bake for aprox 20 -25 minutes at 375

Slather in butter and enjoy while warm!

One Response to “Giving thanks…papa and pumpkin!”
  1. Melanie says:

    I hope you had a WONDERFUL weekend with Jer! Aww, I can picture you all gathered around the table in thanks! So beautiful.

    This recipe looks amazing!


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