Whether you want your muffins for breakfast, a snack or dessert, this recipe is for you. These muffins are moist, decadent and pretty damn healthy.
If you are a health food junky you likely have all the required ingredients ready to go in your pantry. I am always looking for quick and easy recipes that require minimal ingredients. Major props to Amanda from Running with Spoons for coming up with this one. I was able to prep the ingredients before my oven finished preheating and the muffins only take about 10 minutes to bake, hallelujah.
I did make a few modifications based on what I had in my pantry and my own personal preference. I used less honey and more chocolate chips, I omitted the nutmeg and cloves and added pumpkin pie spice. I used Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats and their Crunchy Unsalted Almond Butter. I’m sure you could make this with peanut butter, but I don’t think it would be as tasty when combined with pumpkin. Peanut butter is a much stronger flavor and might overpower the pumpkin puree.
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ¾ cup canned pumpkin
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ cup chocolate chips (Optional)
- Preheat to 375 degrees
- Combine all ingredients (omitting chocolate chips) in a blender and puree until smooth
- Add chocolate chips if you chose and pour into a muffin tin
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
- Let them cool completely, they will need to set
These little muffins need to be eaten within 5 days. I have found that moist baked goods (especially those that contain pumpkin and almond butter mixtures) can mold if left out. I store mine in a Tupperware and even put a few in the the refrigerator. I like my baked goods cold, it’s weird. Luckily this recipe is just a small batch and they will be gobbled up in no time.
Health wise, this recipe is a home run. If you omit the chocolate chips you have a spectacular breakfast. The pumpkin and flax bring the fiber, the almond butter is full of protein and healthy fat and cinnamon is a good early morning anti-inflammatory. Add your chocolate chips and you have a dessert so healthy it is alarming.