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Note from Maria: I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health Degree in Nutrition from UNC at Chapel Hill. I have a passion for helping people with nutrition & wellness, especially moms. Women & moms provide care for everyone else often at the expense of considering their own needs. I hope to provide good resources to you to help you make nutrition and wellness a priority.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October is here - time for Pumpkin Muffins

As a very good friend of mine suggests, this is not fall, but pumpkin season. I too am a big fan of pumpkin almost anything! Here  is a recipe for pumpkin muffins made with whole grain flour, oats and calls for less sugar than most.

Nonstick cooking spray

3 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 -15 oz can of plain pumpkin (not pie mix)
4 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp canola or grapeseed oil
2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup of raisins
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 -12 ct muffin tins with cooking spray. In bowl combine all dry ingredients. Add pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix well. Stir in raisins and chocolate chips. Batter will be thick. Place batter into muffin tins and bake for 20-25 mins or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Makes 24 muffins.

These are also great with a little bit of low fat cream cheese spread on top. Enjoy!!


  1. HI Maria: do you have the nutritional stats for this recipe?

  2. I don't, but I can calculate it when I get a chance over the next few days. It is not a low calorie/low sugar food. It just contains ingredients that are an improvement from typical quick breads and no artificial stuff. These should still be eaten in moderation.