White Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies

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Happy official fall and pumpkin season!!!

Starting off the season with soft, fluffy pumpkin cookies stuffed with white chocolate and cranberries with a hint of orange. These are lightly sweet which helps the white chocolate shine and offset the tartness of the cranberries. A bit of orange extract makes the whole combo into this deliciously bright fall offering.

Aside from the orange, these cookies are similar to my White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. Same condiments, different cookie. One a light and fluffy ode to fall, another a chewy classic oatmeal cookie. Both scrumptious.

Before writing up this recipe I felt a twinge of pumpkin guilt. You know, the I’m making and sharing so many pumpkin recipes and desserts that maybe everyone is already sick of them except me? Then I remembered that I actually haven’t shared any truly fall recipes on the blog yet this year! I somehow managed to hold myself off until after the autumn solstice. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been baking fally things, uh uh no. I’ve already opened one of my precious cans of pumpkin from the States (what I did with the extra room in my baggage because a small can of pumpkin costs almost 5euro in Florence) and squeaked out a batch of these pumpkin cookies, brownies with a spiced pumpkin cream cheese swirl, and pumpkin streusel coffee cake. Fall, I welcome thee with open arms.

So, I hope wherever you are in the world, you share my love for autumnal things, and enjoy baking up these White Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies, don a sweater and some cozy socks, and read a book with a nice mug of tea. Hopefully your weather allows for that.

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Recipe adapted from Some the Wiser


White Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup / 240g pumpkin purée

  • 1 1/4 cups / 250g sugar

  • 1 egg

  • scant 1/2 cup / 90g oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp orange extract

  • 2 1/2 cups / 300g all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3/4 cup / 105g dried cranberries

  • 3/4 cup / 127g white chocolate chips

Directions:

Oven 350°F / 177°C. Baking sheet lined with parchment paper, silpat, or greased.

  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, egg, oil, and extracts in a large bowl.

  2. In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt.

  3. Add dry ingredients, cranberries, and white chocolate chips to wet ingredients, stirring until evenly moistened.

  4. Drop by generous spoonful onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes, or until bottom of cookies are golden brown and the center still looks a bit wet.


Jenny’s Notes:

  • I used half goji berries half cranberries last time and really liked it. Dried cranberries usually have loads of sugar and I liked that the goji berries were unsweetened.

cookies, pumpkin, white chocolate chips, cinnamon, orange, cranberry, goji berry, fall recipe
dessert
American
Yield: 24-26
Author:

White Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies

Soft and fluffy pumpkin cookies loaded with mini white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and goji berries with a hint of orange and cinnamon.
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 12 Mtotal time: 37 M

ingredients:

  • 1 cup / 240g pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/4 cups / 250g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • scant 1/2 cup / 90g oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 2 1/2 cups / 300g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup / 105g dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup / 127g white chocolate chips

instructions:

How to cook White Chocolate Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies

  1. Oven 350°F / 177°C. Baking sheet lined with parchment paper, silpat, or greased.
  2. Combine pumpkin, sugar, egg, oil, and extracts in a large bowl.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients, cranberries, and white chocolate chips to wet ingredients, stirring until evenly moistened.
  5. Drop by generous spoonful onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes, or until bottom of cookies are golden brown and the center still looks a bit wet.

NOTES:

I used half goji berries half cranberries last time and really liked it. Dried cranberries usually have loads of sugar and I liked that the goji berries were unsweetened.

Calories

168.23

Fat (grams)

5.85

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.37

Carbs (grams)

27.70

Fiber (grams)

0.93

Net carbs

26.77

Sugar (grams)

17.09

Protein (grams)

1.99

Sodium (milligrams)

130.03

Cholesterol (grams)

8.86
Nutritional information is approximate. Based on 24 servings.
Created using The Recipes Generator
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Pumpkin Pudding

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Fall is coming fall is coming! Or, autumn is coming autumn is coming! Either way, I’m excited. I love the changing of seasons and the different nostalgias and expectations that come with each one. Living in Italy, the nostalgia is a little bit stronger. Autumn is still autumn, but the changes are a little less distinct, and the comfort of knowing where to pick out the best pumpkins and buy the best apple cider is not something I have down pat yet. It’s not even that easy, finding the new places to do the things you’ve always done, because some things aren’t done here, or at least not in the magnitude they are in the States. Pumpkins will be few and far between, unless you’re lucky enough to stumble upon some markets that have the mini gourds; apple cider is practically nonexistent; trick-or-treating happens, but most Italians wear scary costumes instead of characters; the leaf change is not the brilliant red, orange, and yellows like in Michigan, but more of a subtle green-to-yellow with the occasional leaves fluttering down. Despite the differences with what I grew up with, there are still oodles of things I love to do to make my home fall-y and to welcome the chilly evenings. Lighting candles, brewing tea, pulling out the fuzzy socks and sweaters (even if I’d be sweating if I actually tried to wear them yet) and baking and eating lots of fall goodies that include pumpkin, cinnamon, and spices, breads, soups, and hearty autumn recipes.

Now that I’m officially feeling ready for fall after dwelling in those thoughts, what are we making? Pumpkin Pudding! It’s like pumpkin pie, but without all the fuss of the crust. This is great to make in the time leading up to Thanksgiving, because you’re not ruining your appetite for pumpkin pie (you can’t call it pie if it doesn’t have a crust, therefore, totally different) while not wasting time NOT eating pumpkin. Oh, and so, so easy.

Recipe from my mama


Pumpkin Pudding

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Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 15 oz / 425g pumpkin purée

  • 2/3 cup / 132g sugar

  • 1/2 tsp / 2.5g salt

  • 1 tsp / 5g cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp / 2.5g ginger

  • 1/4 tsp / 1g cloves

  • 1 cup / 237g milk of choice

Directions:

Oven 375F / 190C. Lightly greased 8x8in / 20x20cm baking pan.

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth.

  2. Pour into prepared pan; bake for 20-25 minutes in preheated oven until edges are bubbling.

Jenny’s Notes:

  • To dress this lovely and simple dessert up you can top it with confectioner’s sugar or crumbled cookies such as shortbread or Nilla Wafers, or serve with ice cream and/or whipped cream.

  • This recipe is gluten free, vegan (if you use a milk substitute like coconut or almond), and probably many of the other diet fads that I can’t quite keep track of. Eat up!

American
Yield: 4-6
Author:

Pumpkin Pudding

Like pumpkin pie but without the hassle of the crust. Gluten-free and can easily be made vegan.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M

ingredients:

  • 15 oz / 425g pumpkin purée
  • 2/3 cup / 132g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp / 2.5g salt
  • 1 tsp / 5g cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp / 2.5g ginger
  • 1/4 tsp / 1g cloves
  • 1 cup / 237g milk of choice

instructions:

How to cook Pumpkin Pudding

  1. Oven 375F / 190C. Lightly greased 8x8in / 20x20cm baking pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pan; bake for 20-25 minutes in preheated oven until edges are bubbling.

NOTES:

To dress this lovely and simple dessert up you can top it with confectioner’s sugar or crumbled cookies such as shortbread or Nilla Wafers, or serve with ice cream and/or whipped cream. This recipe is gluten free, vegan (if you use a milk substitute like coconut or almond), and probably many of the other diet fads that I can’t quite keep track of. Eat up!

Calories

198.32

Fat (grams)

1.49

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.88

Carbs (grams)

45.81

Fiber (grams)

3.85

Net carbs

41.97

Sugar (grams)

36.49

Protein (grams)

3.31

Sodium (milligrams)

279.59

Cholesterol (grams)

4.74
Nutritional information is approximate. Based on 4 servings.
Created using The Recipes Generator
The slowly melting confectioner’s sugar…

The slowly melting confectioner’s sugar…




Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Pumpkin Bread. No, not that wonderful, dense, quick-bread pumpkin bread, but a light, yeasted bread made with PUMPKIN and spiced with nutmeg and ginger!!! And a beautiful cinnamon swirl. It makes a-may-zing toast. I think I say that about all my bread recipes. But it’s the truth. And I love toast.

Do you want to know something really sad, though? (You’re maybe thinking, uh no, scrolllll.) I’m blogging about this bread, and I can’t even eat it. (By choice, I guess I like to punish my body??) I’m going to tell you about it.

Ever heard of Whole30?  Me neither, up until last year.  Actually, New Year's Eve.  (Yes, only 2 weeks ago.  I know, I know, those "last year" jokes are so old, but I still get SO much entertainment out of them.  Too much.)  Anyway, I read about the Whole30 in an email from this informative and entertaining fitness site called Greatist.   Like all normal people, my first thought when I see things like ice cream and strange diets is to say, "I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT."  Actually, I prefer the ice cream to be a part of me, meaning I ate it. 

I am not normally a spontaneous person by any means, but two days later I had commenced my very own #Whole30January.  Without even reading all the way through the guidelines.  It's almost easier to list what you can eat than what you can't.  But I'll start with what you can't, just because it's fun and I like to complain about it.  It's not even all that hard.  Especially with a buddy.  Just ask my Mom, she just loves doing this with me.

Not allowed:

  1. grain (not even quinoa)

  2. dairy (guess that ice cream is not going to become a part of me after all)

  3. sugar (say no to stevia)

  4. soy (watch out for sneaky ingredients like soy lecithin)

  5. alcohol (put down the vanilla extract)

  6. legumes (think beans and peanuts)

  7. sketchy preservatives like carageenan

That leaves you with veggies, fruits, eggs, nuts, meat, and all the sadness you want.  But you may not take any of those approved items and combine them to create something in the "cheat" category.  For example, you cannot combine eggs and bananas and pour it onto a griddle because that would be a pancake.  The goal is to break you of unhealthy relationships with food.  So instead of replacing everything you normally eat with healthier versions (because at the end of the 30 days you will most likely go back to the exact same way you ate before, and then nothing has changed) the goal is to explore and create new delicious and nutritious (and sad) food.  Ha ok I'm done being sardonic.  If you want to read more about Whole30, click here.  

So in the midst of these January blues and food sadness, I will share with you this recipe for pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread so you can eat it in my stead.  While you're at it, would you also eat some cheese and every other kind of bread that exists for me?  Thanks. 

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Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy


Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

For the Bread

  • 2 1/4 tsp / 7g active dry yeast

  • 1/4 cup / 60g warm water, 110°F / 43°F

  • 1/4 cup / 50g + 1/2 tsp sugar

  • 1/4 cup / 60g warm milk, 110°F / 43°C

  • 2 Tbsp / 42g molasses

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 Tbsp / 14g oil

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp ginger

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup / 246g pumpkin puree

  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups / 420g - 480g all-purpose flour

For the Cinnamon Swirl

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp / 21g butter, melted

  • 1/3 cup / 67g brown sugar

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Make the Bread

Oven 375°F / 190°C.  1 greased bread pan, approximately 9x5in / 23x13cm.

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine yeast, water, and 1/2 tsp of sugar.  Allow to sit until yeast starts to bubble, about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in the milk, molasses, remaining sugar, salt, oil, nutmeg, ginger, egg, and pumpkin until combined. 

  3. Switch to a dough hook and slowly add flour.  Continue adding flour until a soft, but not too sticky dough is achieved. 

  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes. 

  5. Place in an oiled bowl, flip so that both sides are oiled, and cover with a towel. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. 

  6. While the bread is rising, whisk together brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Set aside.

  7. When the bread is doubled in size, punch down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.  Roll out into a rectangle, about 22x8in / 56x20cm. 

  8. Spread melted butter over dough, going within 1/2in / 1cm of edge.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over butter.

  9. Starting from one of the short sides (the approximate 8in / 20cm) roll dough into a loaf.  Place in prepared loaf pan seam side down. 

  10. Cover with a towel and let rise again until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. 

  11. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow to the tap and an internal temperature reaches about 190°F / 88°C. 

Jenny's Notes:

  • If using instant yeast instead of instant active dry yeast, you can skip step 1. and add all the ingredients from step 1. and 2. together, then proceed to step 3. The reason for this is because active dry yeast is dried and needs to be reactivated in some warm liquid and a bit of sugar before adding to the rest of the ingredients. Instant yeast is ready to be added in without any extra prep.

  • This bread is delicious toasted!  And if you're really a pumpkin fan, might I mention pumpkin butter?

yeasted bread, yeast, pumpkin puree, canned pumpkin, pumpkin bread, cinnamon swirl
bread, breakfast
American
Yield: 12-14
Author:

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Light, yeasted pumpkin bread spiced with ginger and nutmeg with a beautiful cinnamon swirl.
prep time: 50 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 90 M

ingredients:

For the Bread
  • 2 1/4 tsp / 7g active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup / 60g warm water, 110°F / 43°F
  • 1/4 cup / 50g + 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup / 60g warm milk, 110°F / 43°C
  • 2 Tbsp / 42g molasses
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp / 14g oil
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup / 246g pumpkin puree
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups / 420g - 480g all-purpose flour
For the Cinnamon Swirl
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp / 21g butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup / 67g brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

instructions:

How to cook Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Make the Bread
  1. Oven 375°F / 190°C. 1 greased bread pan, approximately 9x5in / 23x13cm.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine yeast, water, and 1/2 tsp of sugar. Allow to sit until yeast starts to bubble, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the milk, molasses, remaining sugar, salt, oil, nutmeg, ginger, egg, and pumpkin until combined.
  4. Switch to a dough hook and slowly add flour. Continue adding flour until a soft, but not too sticky dough is achieved.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Place in an oiled bowl, flip so that both sides are oiled, and cover with a towel. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  7. While the bread is rising, whisk together brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  8. When the bread is doubled in size, punch down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out into a rectangle, about 22x8in / 56x20cm.
  9. Spread melted butter over dough, going within 1/2in / 1cm of edge. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over butter.
  10. Starting from one of the short sides (the approximate 8in / 20cm) roll dough into a loaf. Place in prepared loaf pan seam side down.
  11. Cover with a towel and let rise again until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  12. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow to the tap and an internal temperature reaches about 190°F / 88°C.

NOTES:

If using instant yeast instead of instant active dry yeast, you can skip step 1. and add all the ingredients from step 1. and 2. together, then proceed to step 3. The reason for this is because active dry yeast is dried and needs to be reactivated in some warm liquid and a bit of sugar before adding to the rest of the ingredients. Instant yeast is ready to be added in without any extra prep.

Calories

219.22

Fat (grams)

3.60

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.28

Carbs (grams)

41.35

Fiber (grams)

2.07

Net carbs

39.28

Sugar (grams)

9.02

Protein (grams)

5.33

Sodium (milligrams)

170.35

Cholesterol (grams)

19.66
Nutritional information is approximate and based on 12 servings.
Created using The Recipes Generator
What lurks in the darkness...

What lurks in the darkness...


Pumpkin Coconut Energy Bars (Vegan)

One week until Thanksgiving!  'Tis the season for baking too much, cooking too much, and eating too much. 

Sometimes you don't want to wait until Thanksgiving for a slice of pumpkin pie, yet you don't want to ruin it, or sometimes you just want something of a lighter nature that you can feel good about eating.  The upcoming season of delicious foods and feasting does not mean that you should be eating plain lettuce, carrot sticks, and rutabaga all day to "save up" for the holidays.  In fact, if it's not delicious, then you shouldn't eat it.  I believe food is a good gift and should always be enjoyed, and never suffered through.  If it's not delicious, then something isn't being done right.  Nutritious can be delicious.  But delicious does not always have to be nutritious.  Everything in moderation.  Do you follow me?  Well, never mind. 

Now for something that falls into the three most important categories: Delicious, Nutritious, AND Festive. 

Namely, Pumpkin Coconut Energy Bars. They’re pumpkin spiced, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats), so most everyone can enjoy them! They’re sweetened with dates which also makes them refined sugar free.

Eat them as dessert, snack, after-workout boost, or for on the go. By nature they’re a bit soft, so if you prefer them harder keep them in the fridge or freezer until you need a little nutritious pick-me-up.

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Recipe adapted from Nutritionist in the Kitch


Pumpkin Coconut Energy Bars

Makes 8-10 Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup / 160g pitted dates

  • 1/2 cup / 75g nuts of choice, raw and unsalted

  • 2 Tbsp / 24g pumpkin seeds or chia seeds

  • 2 Tbsp / 14g unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut

  • 1/4 cup / 23g oats

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp cloves

  • 1/4 tsp ginger

  • 1/4 cup / 60g pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.  Blend for several minutes, until slightly chunky or completely smooth, as you wish.

  2. Line an 8x8in / 20x20cm square baking dish with parchment paper.  Lightly sprinkle with oats or coconut to prevent mixture from sticking too much.

  3. Scoop mixture into dish and carefully spread to the edges.  Use lightly oiled or wet hands to help this process.  Sprinkle with more coconut, pumpkin seeds, or both.

  4. Place in the freezer for a couple hours, then slice into bars.  Store in at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer, depending on how firm you want the bars to be. 

Jenny's Notes:

  • I used a combination of almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, and Brazil nuts.  Why use only 1 or 2 varieties of nuts when you can use 5?? Haha

pumpkin, pumpkin spice, fall recipe, no bake, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, pumpkin seeds, raw, coconut
dessert, snack
American
Yield: 8-10 servings
Author:

Pumpkin Coconut Energy Bars (vegan)

No-bake pumpkin bars with plenty of fall spice, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. Vegan, gluten-free if using gluten-free oats, refined-sugar free, and dairy-free.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: total time: 15 M

ingredients:

  • 1 cup / 160g pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup / 75g nuts of choice, raw and unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp / 24g pumpkin seeds or chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp / 14g unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup / 23g oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup / 60g pumpkin puree

instructions:

How to cook Pumpkin Coconut Energy Bars (vegan)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend for several minutes, until slightly chunky or completely smooth, as you wish.
  2. Line an 8x8in / 20x20cm square baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly sprinkle with oats or coconut to prevent mixture from sticking too much.
  3. Scoop mixture into dish and carefully spread to the edges. Use lightly oiled or wet hands to help this process. Sprinkle with more coconut, pumpkin seeds, or both.
  4. Place in the freezer for a couple hours, then slice into bars. Store in at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer, depending on how firm you want the bars to be.

Calories

149.51

Fat (grams)

6.45

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.46

Carbs (grams)

22.40

Fiber (grams)

3.70

Net carbs

18.70

Sugar (grams)

13.99

Protein (grams)

3.46

Sodium (milligrams)

32.30

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
Nutritional information is approximate and based on 8 servings.
Created using The Recipes Generator

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

These little balls of energy are all about that pumpkin and spice and everything nice, and health and wealth with all of that schmealth.  Or something like that.  These will not make you rich.  Or give you schmealth.  I would never wish schmealth on anyone.  That sounds like some terrible disease.  Nor will these actually bite you.  You bite them.  Nom nom nom.

The great thing about these is that they whip up so quick.  In less than 15 minutes you can have delicious morsels easy to grab for a snack, pack for a quick lunch, or take on long car rides.  They're so easy to make you might spend more time assembling the ingredients, or mis en place, than making them!  And if I would stop rambling you probably could've had them already made...Scusami.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Makes about 20 Bites

Ingredients:

    •    1 cup oats
    •    1/4 cup ground flax seeds or wheat germ
    •    1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    •    1/4 tsp cloves
    •    1/4 tsp ginger
    •    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    •    1/4 cup peanut butter
    •    1/4 cup pumpkin puree
    •    2 Tbsp maple syrup
    •    1 Tbsp honey
    •    1 tsp vanilla extract
    •    1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients; mix well.

Roll mixture into approximately 1 inch balls.  Place in a container and store in the refrigerator, or freeze for snacking at a later date. 

Jenny's Notes:

With these types of recipes you do not have to be overly exact in your measurements.  If the dough seems too soft, simply add more oats or flax.  Too crumbly and you can add any number of things, honey, maple syrup, peanut butter...the choice is yours to personalize as you wish!

Now that didn't hurt, did it?  Happy snacking!

 

 

Pumpkin Sticky-Bun Muffins

In the midst of all the political upheaval, here is a little reprieve from the chaos to focus on the important things in life: pumpkin and autumn.  This is all I am going to write today, you have plenty of other lengthy essays from one political stand point or another to read at your leisure, you don't need another one from me.  You're welcome.  Go and make these Pumpkin Sticky-Bun Muffins in peace.

Montreal, Canada

Montreal, Canada

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Recipe adapted from Southern Living


Pumpkin Sticky Buns

Makes 24 + a few extra

Ingredients:

I used walnuts in this batch

I used walnuts in this batch

  • 2 cups / 250g pecans or walnuts, or a mixture

  • 1/2 cup / 113g butter (1 stick), melted

  • 1/2 cup / 100g brown sugar

  • 2 Tbsp / 40g maple syrup

  • 2 cups / 256g whole wheat flour

  • 1 1/2 cups / 180g all-purpose flour

  • 2 1/2 cups / 500g sugar

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 3/4 tsp cloves

  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp ginger

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 15 oz / 425g can pumpkin purée

  • 3/4 cup / 168g oil

  • 4 eggs

Directions:

Oven 350°F / 170°C.  Grease 2 12-cup muffin tins.

  1. Arrange pecans or walnuts evenly on a baking sheet.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until fragrant and slightly darker in color. 

  2. In a small bowl combine butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup.  Evenly distribute among the 24 muffin cups, putting about a tsp of the mixture in each.  Sprinkle evenly with toasted pecans and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl combine flours, sugar, spices, baking soda, and salt.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

  4. In another medium bowl beat together pumpkin, oil, eggs.  Pour this mixture into the well in the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened and combined.  Spoon batter over pecans in muffin tins, filling about 2/3 full. 

  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  6. Immediately run a knife around the edge of the muffins to loosen and invert pan onto a wire rack or counter to remove muffins.  If you wait too long the muffins will stick to your pans.  

Jenny's Notes:

  • This recipe makes extra batter, you may choose to make more pumpkin muffins, or grease a bread pan and make pumpkin bread.  Extras muffins or bread can always be frozen for a later date. 

  • I don't recommend using paper liners for this recipe.  However, to help with the clean up, be sure to immediately remove muffins from pans and soak pans in hot soapy water.

pumpkin sticky buns, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cloves, pecans, walnuts, caramel, fall recipe, whole wheat pumpkin muffins
breakfast, brunch, snack, dessert
American
Yield: 26-28
Author:

Pumpkin Sticky-Bun Muffins

Whole wheat pumpkin muffins made with a sticky, gooey caramel and nut topping.
prep time: 40 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 75 M

ingredients:

  • 2 cups / 250g pecans or walnuts, or a mixture
  • 1/2 cup / 113g butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1/2 cup / 100g brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp / 40g maple syrup
  • 2 cups / 256g whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups / 180g all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups / 500g sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp cloves
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 15 oz / 425g can pumpkin purée
  • 3/4 cup / 168g oil
  • 4 eggs

instructions:

How to cook Pumpkin Sticky-Bun Muffins

  1. Oven 350°F / 170°C. Grease 2 12-cup muffin tins.
  2. Arrange pecans or walnuts evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until fragrant and slightly darker in color.
  3. In a small bowl combine butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Evenly distribute among the 24 muffin cups, putting about a tsp of the mixture in each. Sprinkle evenly with toasted pecans and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl combine flours, sugar, spices, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  5. In another medium bowl beat together pumpkin, oil, eggs. Pour this mixture into the well in the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened and combined. Spoon batter over pecans in muffin tins, filling about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Immediately run a knife around the edge of the muffins to loosen and invert pan onto a wire rack or counter to remove muffins. If you wait too long the muffins will stick to your pans.

NOTES:

This recipe makes extra batter, you may choose to make more pumpkin muffins, or grease a bread pan and make pumpkin bread. Extras muffins or bread can always be frozen for a later date. I don't recommend using paper liners for this recipe. However, to help with the clean up, be sure to immediately remove muffins from pans and soak pans in hot soapy water.

Calories

323.77

Fat (grams)

18.03

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.58

Carbs (grams)

39.27

Fiber (grams)

2.73

Net carbs

36.55

Sugar (grams)

24.87

Protein (grams)

4.10

Sodium (milligrams)

179.52

Cholesterol (grams)

37.96
Nutritional information is approximate. Based on 26 servings.
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No-Bake Pumpkin Date Bars

Happy Wednesday/Buon Mercoledì!! Still didn't quite make the "Baking Tuesday" but today I shall dub "Baking Wednesday."  And it shall be good.  And involve all things healthy disguised as dessert (did I just lose you? Don't go away just yet, I don't put gross food on my blog!), chocolate (there, now you'll stay), pumpkin, spice, and everything nice! Life is too short to eat and drink poorly.

"La vita è troppo breve per mangiare e bere male" - Eataly

These bars feature a creamy, pumpkin chocolate chip filling atop a wonderfully soft and chewy-sweet date crust .  They can easily be made gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free.  And you can eat them anytime for breakfast or a healthy snack (to be pronounced snaaaaaack with the Italian hand going) because there is no refined sugar (except from the chocolate chips), protein from the beans, fiber from the oat flour and dates, antioxidants from the maple syrup and spices, and lots of vitamins and minerals from the pumpkin and above mentioned ingredients!  You guys, this is such a win-win.  In fact, these bars might help you not die.  That last claim is not backed by science. 

No-Bake Pumpkin Date Bars

Ingredients:

For the Date Crust

  • 1 cup packed dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • pinch of salt

For the Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Filling

  • 1 15 oz can white beans (navy beans, great northern, etc.)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup packed dates
  • 5 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, plus extra for topping

Directions:

Make the Date Crust

In a food processor combine dates, almonds, and salt.  Pulse until the almonds are finely ground and everything comes together into a soft, crumbly dough that sticks together when pressed between your fingers.  If after a few minutes the crust doesn't come together, add a few more dates.

Spread and press crust into a 8x8 or 9x9 in square pan.  Clean food processor, you are about to use it again.

Make the Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Filling

In the food processor, combine all the filling ingredients except for chocolate chips.  Blend until smooth.  Scrape filling into a bowl and stir in chocolate chips.  Spread over crust and top with more chocolate chips. 

Cover and refrigerate for two hours before slicing and serving.  Of course, that's in an ideal world, if you just can't wait, it will be okay.  The center will just be softer.  (And I know this because...)

Jenny's Notes:

Vegan Version: Simply make sure your chocolate chips are vegan. 

Gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats.

Dairy-free: Make sure your chocolate chips are dairy-free.  Easy, no?

Don't have oat flour? Make your own! Put the amount of oat flour you need of oats in a food processor or blender, plus a little extra, and blend until finely ground into flour! Tada.

Regarding all spices ever, they should be ground for recipes.  I will indicate only if they should be whole.  For the most part I try to reduce redundancy, since most spices come pre-ground.  For optimal flavor I would recommend buying spices whole and grinding them as needed. A labor of love, but the flavor is so fresh.

If you like sweeter desserts, or are serving a crowd that isn't used to "healthy" desserts, you could always add an extra 1/2 cup or so of brown sugar to the filling.

Maple syrup made by my dad, home-ground oat flour, dry beans, homemade vanilla extract

Maple syrup made by my dad, home-ground oat flour, dry beans, homemade vanilla extract

Adapted from Imma Eat That