Kid-tested pumpkin muffins

by - Friday, September 10, 2010

Every year about this time I have a small panic attack. When I realize that another summer has passed and that fall is just about to kick off, I start obsessing about all of the "summery" things that I still haven't done. Instead of driving myself nuts as usual, I decided to fully embrace the change of the seasons this year. We had a couple of cooler days this week so yesterday was a great day for pumpkin muffins!


These muffins are not super sweet but they are really healthy- they contain lots of iron and protein too! I wasn't sure if they'd pass the "kid test", but...


Big smiles:

Big bites:

Even though he can talk, he is also using his baby sign for "more" just to make sure that I understand that he needs another muffin ASAP!

Thumbs up:

Number 1!

Kid-Tested Pumpkin Muffins
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, or 1 egg
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (*see note)
3 tablespoons oil (whatever kind you prefer to use)
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup protein powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk together the pumpkin, non-dairy milk, chia or flaxseeds (or egg), brown sugar, oil, and molasses and set aside.
  2. Combine the flours, baking powder, protein powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl. 
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine (don't over-mix).
  4. Pour batter into a lightly oiled or paper-lined muffin pan. Bake until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes.
*A note about sugar: These muffins are not super sweet. If you prefer a sweeter tasting muffin, I recommend using 1/2 to 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar.

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  1. The pictures of your kids crack me up. My wife and I are about to have our first any day now.


  2. "Kid Tested" - Then Approved is a major success! I made some "breafast muffins" which had apple sauce and zucchini hidden in them. My 8 year old brother raved about them and didnt even know they were nutrient dense :-) SCORE!

  3. I sure could go for one of these muffins right about now!!

  4. Thanks everyone!
    @Sac-Town Health- best of luck with your new addition! :-)

  5. Happy New Year from Louisiana! I love your kid pics, too. My cousin's youngest used his "enough, all done" sign when the family visited a safari zoo and one of the large animals stuck its head in the backseat window and sniffed him. Can't wait to try these muffins. I have some pumpkin that needs to get used. Thanks.


Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. I look forward to hearing from you!