Autumn officially arrived yesterday, which means it’s time to release the first pumpkin recipe of the season:
healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
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!
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!
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.
QUESTION: Do you have a favorite fall memory? What about food? Let me know what healthy pumpkin recipe you’d like to see next!