Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

Jack's been a stinker when it comes to eating vegetables, so I've decided to keep trying to trick him get creative and get some veggies in that boy!  And what better way to get creative in the fall than with pumpkin!!  Pumpkin is a superfood squash, loaded with all kinds of good stuff, so it's a great thing for the kiddos to love.

I've already shared my amazing banana bread recipe and this is simply a pumpkin take on that recipe!  One thing you should know about my cooking/baking...I like to wing it.  I'm bad with exacts, I don't always measure well...and that's totally reflected in this recipe...so basically, use this as a skeleton and add in whatever else sounds good to you!

Pumpkin Bread:
 1/2 can of pumpkin (I usually use the other half to make pumpkin pancakes)
1 c sugar
1 egg
1.5 c whole wheat flour (You can totally use white flour, but the whole wheat flour makes it sooooo tasty!!!!)
1/4 c melted butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp of any fall spices.  you could use cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice...use whatever's on hand
1/2 cup chopped pecans (Optional...I don't do the pecans because Jeff is allergic and Jack's not doing nuts until he's 2.  But the pecans would make it sooooo good.  And a little tip.  Toast your pecans before you add them.  It makes a WORLD of difference!)

Bake in greased loaf pan at 325 for 1 hour.

I've realized lately that the best way to make quick breads in our house is in mini muffin style.  I mean, how much easier is it to pop out a mini muffin than to slice a piece of bread?  Ok, not that much easier, but when I make bread, it tends to sit around and get forgotten.  For some reason, the mini muffins last 2 days, max!  And they're so easy for Jack to shove in his mouth.  And he does.

So, I made almost 3 dozen mini muffins and baked them for about 15 minutes at 350 and they were delish!  Next time I'm thinking I'm going to add shredded carrots to the mix.  The whole wheat flour gives it a great hearty taste and I think carrots will absolutely make the muffins!  Maybe even toss in a few golden raisins, too.  Yes, it's becoming a spice/carrot cake muffin, but if I can get Jack to eat any veggies in a muffin, I will have won a battle! 

Sooooo, enjoy the muffins!


Kelly said...

Yum, Molly!! Pumpkin bread is my favorite! I was just looking up something to send with my oldest son to school and found this receipe: http://weelicious.com/2010/10/18/pumpkin-apple-muffins/
She's got great kids recipies for veggies, and most are pretty healthy! I guess everyone has pumpkin on the brain this time of year.

Will try yours first, as I love toasted pecans!

Molly said...

ooh, pumpkin apple sounds delish! thanks for sharing, kelly!