Fall is here. Not that it really feels like it here in Santa Barbara considering there are more beautiful sunny days now than there ever were in June. Even though it still reaches at least 70° every afternoon, there were a couple of mornings this week that felt nice and crisp. More importantly since Starbuck has already joined the party and I am sitting in one typing this up and sipping on an iced coffee with soy and 1 pump pumpkin spice, I am going to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon and celebrate with muffins.
Like many food bloggers I am obsessed with pumpkin. I hoard it in the fall (did you know Smart & Final sells 8 lb cans?) eat it year round mostly in yogurt bowls and oatmeal, but sometimes just by the spoonful. I have this theory. Some people have red, blue, or yellow undertones to their skin. Me? I am just orange. And I think it is because I eat loads of pumpkin, squash, and carrots. I have that sun-kissed glow year round and am able to save my skin from getting too leathery and sun-damaged :)
Pumpkin Crumb Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
3 Tbsp rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp room butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
- Assemble the topping first by combining hazelnuts, oats, sugar, butter, and coconut oil. Give a good mix so everything is coated and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oats, baking soda & powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon.
- In another large mixing bowl melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil.
- Add pumpkin, molasses, and eggs to coconut oil. Stir to make sure there are no lumps.
- Add dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Spoon the batter into a greased muffin tin *** Note: I would not recommend using muffin liners because os the small amount of fat in this recipe so the muffins may stick.
- Sprinkle the crumb topping over the muffins and gently pat it down into the batter.
- Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Makes about 12 muffins