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Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins [GF, DF, V]

11 Oct

By this time you know I love pumpkin.

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But now thanks to Recipe Redux putting on this Sweetpotato Contest, I have rediscovered my love of them as well. Simply baked in the oven, cooked in a savory meal, or used in dessert, these sweetpotatoes provide such a delicious flavor and also a very moist texture :)

Recap for anyone who has missed my last couple posts and is confused as to why I’m spelling sweetpotatoes without a space:  What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! What’s unique about California sweetpotatoes is that they are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. The result is a visually, higher quality sweetpotato. California sweetpotatoes are a “nutrition bang for the calorie buck” with 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, all for 105 calories per serving. Plus, they are available year-round.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s talk about these muffins. Can you say scrumptious? The flavors of sweetpotato, pumpkin, and almonds all in one mini muffin. What a great way to kick off the Fall season! I love this time of year, because guess what?! Pumpkin and squashes are everywhere! I can now post many pumpkin and squash recipes without seeming completely insane :)

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I made these muffins for all of my friends the other night, and didn’t know what to expect. But they loved them! I’m not a big baker when it comes to cakes and muffins, so I didn’t know if I would come out with the right ratio of everything, but thankfully I did and these muffins were a great success. And they’re gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian friendly! So dive on in to this tasty recipe.

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Want a little taste of Fall? Or a small bite of heaven? Try this recipe with your very own sweetpotatoes today!

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Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins
Makes 18 mini muffins

–    1 cup oats
–    1/4 cup California sweet potato, mashed
–    1/4 cup pumpkin puree
–    1/4 cup applesauce
–    3T egg white
–    6 dates
–    3T agave
–    1T coconut oil
–    1 tsp vanilla
–    1 tsp cinnamon
–    1/2 tsp ginger
–    1 tsp baking powder
–    1/4 tsp butter and almond extract
–    1/4 tsp sea salt
–    Optional: 1/4 cup crushed nuts or mini chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Combine oats and dates in food processor and blend until it forms a crumbly mixture. Add in all other dry ingredients and blend until well incorporated. In small bowl, mix together all wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, and blend until mixed well. Stir in almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Spray mini muffin liners with nonstick spray. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into each mold. Top with extra crushed almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until done. For an extra moist muffins, take out before toothpick comes out clean (for me, about 8-10 minutes). Enjoy.

Sweetpotato Benefits
1) High in vitamin B6
2) Good source of vitamin C
3) Contain vitamin D
4) Contain iron
5) Good source of magnesium
6) High in fiber
7) Rich in vitamin A

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Almond Benefits
1) Reduce Heart Attack Risk
2) Lower Bad Cholesterol
3) Protect artery walls from damage
4) Build strong bones and teeth
5) Provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
6) Lower rise in blood sugar after meals
7) Alkalize the body

 

I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 

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Oatmeal Protein Muffins..two ways!

6 May

I attempt to make protein breads and muffins a lot, but rarely do they turn out without them either not rising, tasting like protein powder, or just not being good.

But last night was different. It is an exciting thing when a new creation turns out excellent on the very first try. I was so happy.

It all started when my mom told me I needed to make a good oatmeal muffin. Of course, I thought of pumpkin at first. Then I thought apple would be good too. And why not throw in some protein powder and make them a fit muffin as well?

So I went to it late at night after a delicious chicken and twice baked sweet potato dinner I made. Threw in this and that, tasting it here and there..and finally, the final test came when I put them in the oven. See, sometimes the batter tastes so good, but then out of the oven comes a, well, not so good tasting product. This time this didn’t happen. The final product was BETTER then even the batter was, and that says a lot from this girl who loves the batter of anything better than the cooked product:)

The final product was two different kinds of oatmeal protein muffins, pumpkin, and apple! Both were equally as good, and I even added some chocolate chips to some..as we all know, everything is better with chocolate:)

Enjoy of couple of these for breakfast, a snack, or topped with ice cream for a delicious dessert!

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Oatmeal Protein Muffins
-3/4 cup oats
-1/4 cup oat flour
-1/2 cup vanilla protein
-1/4 cup raw bran
-2T flaxseed
-1/4 cup greek yogurt
-1/2 cup egg substitute/whites
-1 tsp coconut oil
-5 packets stevia
-2-4T agave
-1/2 tsp each:vanilla extract, salt
-2 tsp cinnamon
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-Optional: chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, coconut

For Pumpkin Variety add: 1/2 cup pumpkin, 1/2 cup H20, pumpkin pie spice
For Apple Variety add: 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/4 H20, 1/2 cup diced apple

Directions: Pick either to make the apple or pumpkin variety of recipe (DO NOT just make oatmeal muffins without one or the other). Mix all dry ingredients and wet ingredients in 2 separate bowls. Combine into one bowl just until thoroughly mixed. Pour into mini muffin tins (makes 24). Bake at 350 degrees F until done, about 15 minutes. (Can make normal sized muffins, just add more baking time).