Recently I opened up our deep freezer and saw numerous bright orange bags of pumpkin puree staring at me. :) As you might know, my husband recently wrote a post on some uses for pumpkin and how he got 40 cups of puree from 10 pie pumpkins!
Needless to say, we are well-stocked and I need to make good use of it. Since we are in the midst of winter, I know it's important to incorporate pumpkin into our diet in order to help naturally boost our immune system.
Typically, I love to make some amazing pumpkin bread for a healthy snack or breakfast treat. Unfortunately, my kefir grains have been acting up when using it with our raw milk (still troubleshooting that) so I didn't have any kefir available to use for my bread recipe.
I thought it would be a good opportunity to try something new anyways. I found this recipe in my Grandma's old Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (it is definitely not new anymore...).
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour (I did 2 batches with AP flour and 2 batches with Whole Wheat)
1/3 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 beaten egg
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. milk (raw)
1/4 c. cooking oil (I do not use vegetable oil anymore, but rather, organic canola)
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/8 t. ground cloves
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1/4 c. chopped nuts (we can't do nuts in our house so I used chocolate chips)
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, other seasonings and chocolate chips. Make a well in the center. Combine egg, milk, oil and pumpkin puree. Add the liquid mixture all at once to the flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Pour batter into lightly greased muffin cups (2/3 full) and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. Yield: 12 muffins.
The health benefits of pumpkins are substantial enough that they've been dubbed one of the Super Foods.They are loaded with Beta Carotene (great cancer fighter), Potassium (great for easing anxiety and for lowering your risk of hypertension), Zinc (great for preventing or fighting colds/flu as well as increasing bone density) and are high in fiber. Additionally, the vitamins found within pumpkin are great for reducing signs of aging. source
Pumpkin really is one of God's wonderful gifts to us! Even if you don't have your own pumpkin puree, try to pick up some this winter. Maybe next fall you can try your hand at pureeing your own pumpkins. I think you'll be glad you did!