Pumpkin Apple Almond Muffins

I have to confess, at times I can’t wait for summer to end so I start baking again. I love all the fall flavors, but pumpkin is probably my favorite.  I’m always looking for new ways to use canned pumpkin, and oddly enough, a recent trip to an almond farm, courtesy of the Almond Board of California, inspired my latest recipe. Go figure.

 

fullsizeoutput_2226It was really interesting to learn about how almonds are grown, and to actually see how they are harvested. Check out my instagram feed (@ewardmsrd) for cool video I took during the tour.

Here are some fun facts about almonds:

• 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in California

• 90% of California almond farms are family farms

• One ounce of almonds provides about half of your required daily vitamin E, which protects cells against damage

But, back to the muffins.

Ground almonds stand in for most of the flour in this recipe, and the flour that I use is whole wheat, which, along with the pumpkin and shredded apple, helps to make these tasty muffins a much better choice than store-bought versions.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Pumpkin Apple Almond Muffins

Canned pumpkin, California almonds, and shredded apple make these muffins moist, tender, and delicious!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 152 kcal
Author Elizabeth Ward

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, optional
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups coarsely grated unpeeled apple

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Generously coat 18 standard muffin cups with cooking spray.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, using a whisk.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, honey, oil, and vanilla until well combined.  

  4. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and combine, using a wooden spoon, until thoroughly blended. Gently fold in the apples.

  5. Divide the batter evenly among the 18 muffin cups. 

  6. Bake for 13 to 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan and cool on a wire rack. 

Recipe Notes

I find that grinding 1 cup of whole almonds makes about 1 1/3 cups almond flour. 

Pumpkin Apple Almond Muffins have more nutrients and fewer calories than store-bought muffins.

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