Sunday, August 12, 2012

has it been that long? ... and pumpkin spice muffins


I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted... or maybe I can.


Still thoroughly enjoying living into my year's word: breathe
We arrived home a couple weeks ago after six weeks in sunny Canada. A week was spent getting over jetlag, re-organising, re-folding, cleaning and sprucing up the house. The next week was spent sewing up our weekly rhythm and adjusting what it was to what it should be to suit my almost 2 and almost 4 year olds. The trip was beautiful and it was such a blessing to be with my family every single day. I am also happy to be home... and a bit surprised how much Australia feels like home to me. Year by year this place that once felt so foreign has transformed into a place very familiar and warm. Home is surely where the heart is. I hope I will start blogging a bit more often than I have been...In the meantime, enjoy these phenomenal (if I do say so myself) pumpkin spice muffins. I really love this recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins



Ingredients
2 cups pureed pumpkin with spices (tsp each nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice or gram masala)
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil 
1 cup honey 

1 1/2 tbsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp salt 
2 1/2 cups white spelt flour 
1/2 cup coconut flour (can substitute with spelt flour)
1/2 tsp bi-carb

Directions
Boil 2 cups roughly peeled and chopped pumpkin 
Put soft and cooked pumpkin into food processor, add spices and process until smooth
Mix wet ingredients together (melt honey and coconut oil if it's very cold)
Mix together dry ingredients and then add wet
Mix just to combine- the less you stir the fluffier and lighter the muffins are

Pour into greased muffin pan (this recipe made 22 large muffins for me)
Top with pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Bake in the oven at 190˚C for 20-30 minutes (depending on your oven!)

Let cool before removing from the pan.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

yay !!! I've missed your posts :) the muffins look delish!
Welcome back, hoping spring is almost there !
Lauren

Sarah @ Gladys in the Garden.blogspot.com said...

Welcome back.
I am glad you had such a lovely holiday. Family time is special.
Your pumpkin muffins look beautiful. Until the last week or so I hadn't really heard of coconut flour before. It seems to popping up in a few recipes these days.

Ola said...

Lovely to see you back. I was thinking about you just the other day, wondering if you had stopped with your blog. Happy to see that is not the case! Those muffins looks great. Do you think they could be made with only coconut flour and omit the spelt completely? x

Rhiannon said...

Welcome home Meagan,
In case you haven't heard, we have a new little Indi in our family now too :)
Love Rhi x

Anonymous said...

Welcome back from what sounds like a fabulous holiday.
Your muffins sound devine and I'm keen to try them out. I was wondering if it was 2 cups of cooked pumpkin or 2 cups of chopped raw pumpkin?
Cheers

Meagan said...

Great to hear from you all!

Ola- I think you'd have to add a lot more egg to the recipe if you use coocnut flour- that's been my experience. It needs a lot of egg to soak up the flour or else it becomes far too crumbly.

Anon- You're right that is confusing- it's 2 cups pureed pumpkin so maybe a little less than 2 cups raw? or more... not sure... I just shopped up 1/4 of a pumpkin and pureed it all. I think I ended up with around 3 cups puree.

Rhi- Congratulations!! How exciting! Going to pop by now!!

Anonymous said...

Hi there. Great to see you are back and those muffins look divine. I grew up in the states and love the mixture of pumpkin and spices.

I hate to be negative, but I really would be cautious with coconut oil. I work in the food industry and it has the worst profile for saturated fats of any oil, and has little nutrients. I spoke with the food nutritionist at my work and she agreed it's not good. She sent me this article. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/miranda-kerrs-coconut-oil-habit-risky-warn-experts/story-e6frf96o-1226122866473

Again, I really am sorry to be negative but I am just concerned about it's increasing use.

Eliza

Meagan said...

Thanks Eliza,

From what I've read from different sources it is one of the best oils - especially since it is one of the only oils that doesn't when heated.

Here is an article I found interesting regarding saturated fats/cholesterol: http://preventdisease.com/news/12/030112_World-Renown-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease.shtml

Here is an article about the benefits for coconut oil.
http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/charles-mattocks/benefits-coconut-oil

Of course, everything in moderation! xo m.

Anonymous said...

YUMMM!!! Welcome home and thank you for sharing!! :)

Vanessa said...

These look delicious. Lovely to come across your blog.

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