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This recipe is from Taste of Home and was featured in their lighten up for Fall section. I enjoy these muffins year round with a glass of milk as a healthy and delicious breakfast!
- 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup wheat bran (or wheat germ)
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon plus 1/2 tsp each ground ginger and nutmeg)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1⁄2 cup plain yogurt
- 1⁄2 cup honey (or maple syrup, however I prefer the honey)
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup finely grated carrot
- 1⁄2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, wheat bran or wheat germ, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, yogurt, honey, butter, egg and vanilla. Stir in carrots.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir using a wooden spoon just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips (and walnuts, if using). Batter will be thick.
- Divide batter evenly amonf 12 mufin cups. Bake on middle oven rack for 20-22 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack.
These are excellent muffins. I substituted coconut oil for the butter and I wouldn't use chocolate chips next time I make them. I don't like the combination of carrots and chocolate chips. The carrots gave it nice texture. I also used the maple syrup instead of honey.
I just found this recipe a couple of days ago when i was glancing through last fall issue of Taste of Home and made them last night. These muffins are my new favorite! I love the densness and the bran it's a good way to sneak some nutrition into a sweet tooth snack.