When I think of fall, the first three things that come to mind are apples, pumpkins, and baking. There's something about fall that make fall baking far superior to baking at all other times of year. Maybe it's the produce available. Maybe it's that mythical chill in the air (chill? What's that?).
Regardless, I have soldiered on through this 100 degree weather we have here in SoCal and turned my oven on to do my kitchen experiments in muffin form. You're welcome.
These muffins are only 110 calories per muffin, which make them a great snack or addition to your breakfast. They're low in fat and added sugars, but not low in carbohydrates because, well, they're muffins. At 23g of carbohydrates per muffin they're about 1.5 carbs for anyone with diabetes using the carb counting method.
The great thing about fall produce like pumpkins and apples is that they pair so well with flavorful spices. When you add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg you can get away with using less sugar because the flavor of the spice is what takes over.
If you're looking for something to pair a muffin with for breakfast, try some oven warmed pears or apples with cinnamon and plain non-fat greek yogurt.
Just a quick side note: because of the whole wheat flour and pumpkin these muffins will be dense when compared to a typical muffin. But that also makes them a bit more filling.
Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
1 cup + 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin tin, or line with muffin papers. Mix all the ingredients except the cranberries together. Fold in cranberries. Fill greased muffin tin 3/4 cup full for each muffin. Bake for about 20 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.