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Muffins, Muffins Everywhere

by Meghann on October 30, 2008

I made quite a mess in my kitchen tonight baking tons of muffins!

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I was Pumpkin Muffin Crazy! I ended up baking two different types of pumpkin muffins: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins and Spiced Pumpkin Muffins.

First up was my batch of Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

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I adapted this recipe from VeggieGirl’s Banana Peanut Butter Bread. Instead of banana, I used pumpkin, made mini muffins instead of a bread loaf and sadly due to my limited resources in my fridge I took away the vegan element of the recipe.

Here is what I followed:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • Fat Free Milk, added to the batter as needed

Preheat oven to 350ยฐF  Lightly coat a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, applesauce, canola oil, sugar, and honey. Mix well.
In the same bowl, add in the flour, chocolate chips, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and peanut butter. As the mixture starts to thicken up/combine, add as much milk as you need (but not too much) so that the batter is mixable.
Pour mixture evenly in muffin tray (coated generously with nonstick cooking spray).
Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Thanks VeggieGirl for the awesome recipe to begin with!

Second up were the Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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This recipe I took from Sweet Potato’s Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts. I had every intention of making actual doughnuts, but then I discovered I do not own a doughnut pan(which I didn’t realize I needed) so I decided to just turn these into muffins as well.

I followed her recipe to the tee and in the end topped each muffin with Sweet Pumpkin Seeds.

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I don’t know what it is with me and baking with pumpkin lately, but these still did not come out that sweet. I know I am probably just being hard on myself cause I know my coworkers will be trying these, but I can’t get it right. Maybe I just needed a heavier hand with the sugar? I think I’m just going to bite the bullet and bring them to the office kitchen and see what happens. I used to be able to bake, I don’t know what happened. I guess I always was more of a cook any ways, oh well.

Now that I got all of the muffins out of the way I guess I should rewind and go over the rest of my day’s eats.

This afternoon I finally broke into one of my other Kardea Bars, the Cranberry Almond flavor. Even after my great experience with my first bar, I was still a little scared to try this one. I just have not had the best experience with bars that are fruit based in the past.

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I bit into the bar with my eyes closed tight and what I’m sure was a look of terror on my face. I was yet again pleasantly surprised with the texture, but just as I feared the cranberry did not go well with me. The bar was not bad, I just wouldn’t have it again. I will stick to my nutty bars.

The bar also did not hold me over very well, I was STARVING after work and ended up making dinner almost as soon as I walked in the door.

Shrimp was on sale this week at Publix so I knew I wanted to incorporate them in my meal one day this week. I decided to put together some Shrimp Tacos for tonight.

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These are really easy and really quick to put together. All I did was cook the shrimp, heat up tortillas, grab some veggies, and assemble tacos.

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Since they did not have any low sodium taco seasoning at the store I decided I could just throw some spices together and create my own seasoning. While the shrimp were heating up I coated them in a blend of chili powder, garlic salt, pepper, oregano, and cajun spice. The blend seemed to do the trick.

The base of the tacos were corn tortillas and shrimp. The taco toppings consisted of salsa, tomatoes, olives, shredded carrots, yellow squash, and zucchini.

I don’t think I have ever had shrimp in a taco before and I have to say I really liked it! It was a great mix of flavors, that made for a very yummy appetizing meal.

On the side I heated up some frozen corn.

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For dessert I taste tested a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffin and a Pumpkin Spice Muffin.

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As I said above, these were good, but I am still not sure they were 100% great. I am being really hard on myself over this! I did enjoy the pumpkin seed addition to the Pumpkin Spice Muffin and I was really glad I added chocolate chips to the Peanut Butter Muffins. Everyone cross your fingers, I mean worst comes to worst tomorrow, no one will eat them, its that simple. Right?

This afte
rnoon I noticed a red ball had bloomed on my cherry tomato plant I have on my porch .

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My Dad bought me this plant for $1.50 at a flea market a couple of months ago. I have been watering it pretty inconsistently, but it still seems to be growing. This is my first cherry tomato that had reached red ripeness.

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I plucked the tomato and ate it as a little snack. It still was a little green inside, but still very good! I have never had a plant before that has actually produced an edible vegetable, so I consider my little tomato a huge success!!

Boy did that seem like a long post! I hope everyone has a good night! Tomorrow is Friday!! Woo hoo!!!

1 VeggieGirl October 30, 2008 at 9:01 pm

THE MUFFINS ARE GREAT!!!! Thank you for using my recipe as a guideline – so fun!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I do hope that they’re a hit at the office!!

Gorgeous homegrown tomato and tacos!!

Have a lovely evening!!

2 maggie October 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm

they look great ๐Ÿ™‚ I might do some baking tonight.

Yay for tomatoes! I have a little cherry tomato plant on my balcony and I’ve gotten a decent number of tomatoes, despite my non-regular watering too ๐Ÿ™‚

3 gina (fitnessista) October 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

the muffins look wonderful!!! thanks for posting the recipe ๐Ÿ˜€
i LOVE shrimp tacos! YUM!
i felt the same way when my first jalapeno was ripe enough to eat!
have a great night

4 jenngirl October 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

those muffins look amazing, especially the ones with the chocolate. I’m sure they will be a hit tomorrow!

Congrats on a successful tomato plant, that would be fun to grow my own veggies ๐Ÿ™‚

5 Megan October 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

I will take a shrimp taco and one of each muffin for dessert! It all looks so good!

6 seeleelive October 30, 2008 at 9:42 pm

hahaha..i loveeee the muffins, please tell me you ate the batter! at least a little?!!

7 Marianne October 30, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Congrats on the tomato! The muffins looks tasty, I’d eat them if I were in your office. And shrimp tacos – good idea!

8 Melissa S. October 30, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Great looking muffins!!!! I wish i worked at your office so i could try them!!!

and the tacos look so great!!!

9 Amy October 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Aw, the muffins look good to me! Im sure they’ll be a hit. Besides, muffins don’t need to be super sweet, since they’re not cupcakes, right? The tacos are a good idea, too. Have fun in the office tomorrow and don’t be too hard on yourself!

10 caitlin October 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

you are a baking maniac!! love it!

11 Erica October 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

The muffins look gorgeous! Thats a bummer that they’re not that sweet! I bet they’re still ridiculously good! PB and chocolate with pumpkin? oh gosh! Tacos also look great. I am telling you- I love the seafood in the mexican! I want to plant tomatoes when we move into the house!

12 Bridget October 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

I’m sure the muffins will be a hit!! It’s so nice that you want to make something good for your co-workers, sometimes I take my baking ‘mistakes’ to work just to get rid of them!!

13 Erin October 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Sassy new layout girl!
You know what? I bet you’d love the muffins if you made them with pumpkin pie filling instead of just pumpkin.
Or you can also provide them with a jar of PB for topping! ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a great Friday!

14 Nicole October 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Yum! Muffins!

I hope everyone loves them!

15 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 31, 2008 at 12:46 am

The muffins look awesome!

16 wholefoodswholeme October 31, 2008 at 6:58 am

wow!! you muffin goddess!! i think you must have incredibly high expectations because these look pretty perfect to me. i envy those who will eat it (and yes they will eat it!!!)

i love the new header ๐Ÿ˜€

17 caitlin October 31, 2008 at 7:57 am

hey do you want to come over for an election party on tuesday? well, im assuming your voting for obama, and only in that circumstance are you invited. ๐Ÿ™‚

18 caitlin October 31, 2008 at 8:04 am

great new header!

19 caitlin October 31, 2008 at 8:34 am

hey that sounds awesome! i’d love to go to cady way. how many miles are you running? where’s the trailhead? let me know!

20 lauren October 31, 2008 at 9:16 am

that is great about the tomato – so exciting. your shrimp tacos look great, along with the muffins. Yum, yum, and yum.

21 Allison October 31, 2008 at 10:40 am

OH MY GOD THOSE MUFFINS LOOK UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!

22 Allison October 31, 2008 at 10:41 am

Also – when did you get the new header? I LOVE IT! Did you have someone create it? If so – how much did it cost? Just curious! I’d like to get something better looking for mine!

23 graduatemeghann October 31, 2008 at 10:47 am

Allison – The header isn’t 100% finished yet, I am having some help with it and I will be putting up a whole post about it so stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

24 HangryPants October 31, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Look at you! Sexxxxzeee!

Love the muffns.

So interesting that you have green tomatoes. Here we’ve had none in the garden for about a month. Can you grow them all year.

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