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flourless pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Dessert, Snacks | September 23, 2015 | By

Autumn officially arrived yesterday, which means it’s time to release the first pumpkin recipe of the season:

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There’s nothing exciting about saying goodbye to summer. No one wants to give up long days in the sun and chilled glasses of rosé, but there is a comfort in knowing fall is back in town. Time to get all toasty under your favorite blanket, and get ready to flip the wardrobe over to boots and sweaters!

Do you have a certain smell or taste that reminds you of fall?  For me, autumn leaves are the first things that come to mind. My memory immediately takes me back to living in Western Pennsylvania. Our long runs were often on backcountry roads next to dew-covered fields with vibrant trees on every horizon. It was as if the canvas was still wet where Bob Ross had painted a million happy little trees with leaves the color of fire. So gorgeous!
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One thing ranks above everything when it comes to fall—PUMPKIN! It’s everywhere and in everything. Pumpkin pies, cookies, smoothies, soups, muffins, hummus, dips, bars. It’s insanely hard to resist the smell of cinnamon spice drifting from pumpkin treats baking in the oven. There is no cooling time, it’s just straight into the mouth time! The good news is pumpkin is actually quite healthy as long as the recipe isn’t loaded with sugar. Don’t worry, you can bet that anything I post on here is going to lean on the lighter side of the scale. Chow down!

healthy flourless pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
To start off the season, I thought I would share this healthy flourless pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe that I borrowed and tweaked slightly from Making Thyme for Health. Check out her blog when you get a chance.  It’s full of healthy vegetarian recipes, and she takes the most drool-worthy pictures.  These muffins turned out super fluffy and scrumptious even without the flour. BONUS: Give the dishwasher a night off, this recipe is all made in a blender!  My chocolate chips did start melting slightly because the mixture warmed in the blender, but it just turned into pretty little chocolate swirls.

Let the 2015 pumpkin season begin.

healthy flourless pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

QUESTION:  Do you have a favorite fall memory?  What about food?  Let me know what healthy pumpkin recipe you’d like to see next!

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healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Production Time: 23 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes

Yield: a dozen

healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter or sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease or line muffin tin.
  2. Place of all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, into a blender and blend for about 30 seconds, or until smooth. You might have to stop the blender and scrape down the sides to help the mixing process.
  3. Gently fold the chocolate chips into the batter - do not blend.
  4. Fill each muffin tin about 3/4th of the way full.
  5. Bake in the oven for 22-24 minutes, until light golden brown.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
  7. Eat Happy!

Notes

Keep fresh by keeping in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

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