October 23rd, 2010

This title of this recipe is not a trick. These pumpkin muffins are definitely healthy, so treat yourself! To learn about the nutrition behind the ingredients (and see how these muffins are made), you can watch my very first video blog post above. I will warn you that I had a tough time making this video since I’ve been sick all week, so I apologize in advance for my annoying voice (I tried my hardest not to cough during the entire video!). Health tip from WK: losing sleep does make you sick. If you think surviving off 3-4 hours of sleep a night in college is possible, I’m sorry to inform you that you’re sadly mistaken, mwahahaha (yes, this is my attempt at being scary for Halloween). Happy Halloween from WK!

Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Muffins
Adapted from JoyofBaking.com
Makes 12 regular-sized muffins

For the muffins:
1 can pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Greek Style Honey Yogurt
3/4 cup apple sauce
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
3/4 cup natural bran (I used Trader Joe’s Bran Flakes cereal and ground it up in a blender)
3/4 granulated white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or ground cinnamon)
1/2 tsp salt

For the topping:
1 cup Trader Joe’s California Walnut Baking Pieces
1/8 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place rack in the middle of the oven.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, yogurt, and apple sauce. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, bran, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Add the wet ingredients (pumpkin mixture) and stir until just combined. Do not over mix the batter or the muffins will be tough when baked.

Spray 12 muffin cups with olive oil spray (or line with paper cupcake liners). Fill the muffin cups with the batter using two spoons. Combine the brown sugar and walnut baking pieces in a small bowl. Sprinkle desired amount on top of filled muffin cups. Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until firm to touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. After leaving the muffins in the tin for a few minutes, place them on a wire rack to cool.

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11 Responses to “Treat not Trick: Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Muffins”

  1. Rich says:

    Fantastic video! Happy Halloween!

  2. That looks really good! I hope you feel better, and keep up the good work! ^ ^

  3. Hamish says:

    Wow! You should have your own show on Food Network. Great job!

  4. paty says:

    MMMMMmmmm! Will try these and share with toddler and elder, both need nutritional foods!
    Loved your video and your explanations of ingredients. Very helpful.

  5. John Ishmael says:

    These look fantasteesh. Can’t wait for your next episode.

  6. Monique says:

    I like your video! The intro was cute and it the effects (your introductory graphics, the knife thing, etc) were good! Plus, those look yummy! :)

  7. Johana says:

    Nice video! I really like pumpkin pie so I might try your recipe some time since its pumpkin season. :9 Also, I really like your podcast! Is it a take on the All Spice commercial?

  8. Brynn says:

    Yes, it is! Thanks for noticing :)

  9. Elaine Chan says:

    Yummy! You are very insightful with all your ingredients. You did a good job filming and editing the whole thing! Keep it up!

  10. Jessica Nelson says:

    What a great video! And the recipe looks delicious and like it turned out great!