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Coconut Pumpkin Muffins

I love when I find recipes and I happen to have every ingredient listed. When that happens, I feel like I’m obligated to make it. Usually I’m so close but missing 1 or 2 ingredients and apparently they’re important like… flour…yeah kind of a base for most baking recipes.

I found this recipe in Runner’s World magazine (November edition) and it’s originally for sweet potato muffins. Luckily, they listed some substitutes if you didn’t have sweet potato like banana or, in my case, pumpkin. Since I have a lifetime supply of pumpkin (thank you Costco) I chose that over banana.

These were really easy which I also love in a recipe. First, I preheated the oven to 375 and greased a muffins pan. You can also line them with paper liners if you’d like. Then, I combined all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mixed them up (flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, and salt).

So, technically, you’re supposed to mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl then combine it with the dry. I was feeling especially lazy yesterday so I decided to just add everything in 1 bowl. I’m sure there’s a good reason why you’re supposed to mix the wet separately…if you know why..don’t tell me :).

mm coconut!

Next, just pour the batter into the muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.

I wish I didn’t love to bake so much. I could eat bread or bread related products all day long!

Obviously I couldn’t resist eating one straight out of the oven with butter on top. I needed some pre-birthday celebration fuel (my husbands!).

This makes 12 muffins and they’re delicious! If you’d rather make banana nut, reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup, replace sweet potato (or pumpkin) with 1 cup mashed banana and you can add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts if you’d like. If you wanted to try sweet potato, just use 1 cup pureed or mashed sweet potato instead of pumpkin.

Shoot me an email if you have other questions on the recipe (if you can’t read the directions in the magazine picture above).

In completely unrelated news, check out these deer we saw yesterday in a neighbor’s front yard!

They’re so pretty! We’ve been seeing quite a bit lately. I saw some running the other day, saw these yesterday, saw some crossing the street yesterday which makes me SO nervous, and drove up on like 5 in our front yard the other night. Since it’s getting colder, hopefully the Elk will start coming around too. One of the many perks of living in a mountain town I guess!



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