Chocolate, Pumpkin Muffin {Recipe}

Hi There,

I am definitely on a pumpkin kick!  Over the weekend, I was looking for something to bake that included chocolate and pumpkin when I ran across a basic recipe.  Of course I took the basic ingredients and made it my own.  The muffins are pretty tasty if I do say so myself, even the dough was good.

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Chocolate, Pumpkin Muffin {Recipe}
 
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A chocolate and pumpkin muffin that will melt in your mouth.
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Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • ½ cup sugar (or stevia)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (or coconut / almond milk)
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 medium egg
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (gluten free)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine milk, pumpkin, butter and egg.
  4. Mix ingredients in both bowls together and stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon mixture into muffin cups or greased muffin tin.
  6. Bake 20 minutes, remove from oven and cool.

This weekend we also visited “Spirit” the Halloween shop, in search of a fog machine for a Halloween get together.  It is always fun to run through that store.

What is with all the zombie stuff – half rotten, eaten off faces and babies eating their own legs… WEIRD!

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Bake some pumpkin muffins and take a stroll through “Spirit” and you will most definitely be in the mood for Halloween!

What is the best Halloween costume you have ever worn?

 

Muffin or Cupcake? Blueberry Protein Muffin {recipe}

This summer while I was working, my girls had the most awesome nanny.  The nanny facilitated crafts, swimming, and the last month of summer even ran with my girls to get them in shape for the upcoming Cross Country season. One of the best activities the nanny did with the girls is bake.  She made some great pancakes, muffins and cookies (it was tough not to eat the leftovers when I got home.)

The blueberry muffins the nanny made were delicious, and pretty healthy.  I have made them several times this fall and am going to share the recipe with you.

My younger daughter Mackenzie always tells me, “the difference between a muffin and a cupcake is that a cupcake has frosting on top.”

She is too smart for her own good :-).

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I did a little muffin/cupcake research with my girls to reinforce that although there are some healthy muffin recipes,  a muffin “generally” gets a bad rap for good reason. Take a look at the Costco brand muffin calorie and fat content below.  That is gross, and I would rather have some good chocolate if I am going to eat that kind of junk.

Pre-made muffins are giving muffins a bad rap.  The serving size is about double or triple a regular homemade muffin size, and the amount of fat and calories is insane!

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Instead of purchasing a muffin, whip up a batch of your own on Sunday and use those for snacks and breakfast during the week.

My girls refer to the nanny’s muffins as “power muffins” because they have low sugar and are high in protein for a muffin.

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Blueberry Protein Muffin
 
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Blueberry Protein Muffin
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ⅓ cup of stevia or ⅔ cup of regular sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp b aking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, melted slightly
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries (I use frozen and it is fine)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven 350 degrees
  2. Spray muffin tin or use liners
  3. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt)
  4. Combine yogurt, eggs, butter and vanilla in a second bowl
  5. Combine yogurt and dry mixtures and combine completely
  6. Mix in blueberries
  7. Fill muffin tins (be generous)
  8. Bake 20-25 min
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 215 Saturated fat: 7.5 Carbohydrates: 24.3 Protein: 5.6

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What is your favorite cupcake… oh, I mean muffin recipe :-)?

Turkey Meatball Recipe

It takes such an effort to meal plan, grocery shop and prepare a meal.  It may just be me, but it seems like even when I do get to the store with a list, I forget something, and it is usually a small key ingredient.

I had hoped to have a full recipe book of tried and true good foods on my blog, along with meal planning tips, unfortunately it is slow in coming to fruition. Life has had me sidetracked the past 6 months, although I am going to make an effort to share some easy tasty recipes this month. I want to kick-start the winter with healthy eating habits.

On that note, some friends of mine were discussing putting together a pintrest page in the form of a cook book.  The rules included: the recipes were somewhat easy to prepare, healthy and taste good.

Tonight I am making turkey meatballs, these are not 100% paleo but always taste good and they are fast to prepare.

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Turkey Meatballs
 
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Turkey and rice meatballs.
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Recipe type: Turkey Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups minute rice
  • Onion, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 can tomato soup
Instructions
  1. Grease a casserole dish 9x9.
  2. Beat eggs in a large bowl.
  3. Add minute rice, turkey, onion, salt and pepper to the egg mixture.
  4. Combine all ingredients.
  5. Form mixture into several round balls and place into a greased casserole dish.
  6. In a separate bowl mix tomato soup with ½ cup of milk and ½ cup water.
  7. Pour soup mixture over the top of the meatballs.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 70-90 minutes.

The final product:

Turkey Meatballs

Mix up a large salad with fresh tomatoes and dinner is served!

What is your favorite dinner?