I know it is a wee bit early to be posting pumpkin recipes. In fact, the winter squash and sugar pie pumpkins are not quite ready for harvesting yet in our garden; but these cool crisp mornings are beginning to remind me of spicy pumpkin treats! Yesterday morning I baked up a batch of these healthy gluten-free muffins to have for the children as an after-school snack. After school we went to the river and played until dinnertime. These muffins kept them satisfied until we finally sat down for a late dinner. Beautiful, sunny September weather calls us to spend a lot of time outside here in the Northwest.
I used organic canned pumpkin in this recipe. If you use puree made from a freshly baked pumpkin or other winter squash you may need to place it into a fine mesh strainer to let the extra moisture drip out. I have found that canned pumpkin has much less moisture than Homemade Pumpkin Puree.
Hazelnut Pumpkin Spice Muffins
I used Bob's Red Mill Hazelnut meal/flour in this batch but you can also make your own by placing whole raw nuts into a food processor and grinding to a fine meal. You'll get the best flour if you sift out the larger chunks and just use the fine meal. To make the nut flour easier to digest you can first soak the raw hazelnuts overnight in water, then rinse and drain, and place into your dehydrator. Dehydrate for 24 to 48 hours or until crisp. Then proceed with grinding.
2 cups hazelnut flour
½ cup coconut flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
¼ to ½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup maple syrup
6 large organic eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a blender, puree the wet ingredients. You can also whisk them together, but I find the blender method much easier.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Spoon into muffin cups.
Bake for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Source: NourishingMeals.com
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