Recipe: Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffins

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Pumpkin Spelt Muffins Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food

Whole Spelt Pumpkin Muffins

I finally did it. I’ve been wanting to bake with some alternative flours for some time and this weekend I finally made Pumpkin Muffins using whole spelt flour! And they are deeeelicious. We’ve definitely been missing out. The texture is much more cake-like and the flavor is milder than whole-wheat flour. And it was super easy to make the 1:1 substitution…I have no idea why I kept putting it off! I must thank our sponsor, Nature’s Legacy, for giving me the final push (i.e. a bag of spelt in the mail!) that I needed to dive right in and give it a shot.

Spelt may sound like a “new” grain, but it’s actually been around for more than 9,000 years. As I mentioned the flavor is “lighter” than wheat and even though it contains gluten, some with an intolerance to wheat find that they are able to enjoy spelt. Just like wheat though, you want to be sure to select “Whole Spelt” products as opposed to the refined (white) version. And to keep your whole spelt flour fresh, it’s best to stick it in the freezer (or fridge) along with your other whole grain flours. In addition to flour there are also other spelt products available, like pasta. To learn more about the benefits of eating whole spelt and how it differs from wheat check out this FAQ page.

10/30/13 update: I was in LA recently and got to visit Catherine McCord (of Weelicious) in her kitchen where I showed her how to make these muffins. Check it out in the video below!

 

4.9 from 30 reviews
Whole Spelt Pumpkin Muffins
Serves: 12 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups whole spelt flour (can substitute whole-wheat flour)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with liners and set aside.
  2. Using a whisk or fork mix together the flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Make a well (hole) in the center of the flour mixture and drop in the eggs, honey, and melted butter. Mix together until well combined. Fold in the pumpkin puree. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour the batter into the muffin pan so it’s evenly distributed. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes clean, about 18 – 20 minutes. Store at room temperature or freeze for a rainy day.

 

 

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320 comments to Recipe: Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffins

  • Luke

    Thanks for this great recipe! The family has enjoyed everything I have made from 100 Days of Real Food :D Great to know that there are recipes that are both healthy and delicious.

  • This has become a family-favorite, but because of a life-threatening milk allergy in one of our children, I’ve made a few substitutions. I wanted to share them with you in case other readers might need to do the same.

    First, the recipe doubles perfectly (clearly we love them – I can’t make a single batch!). I sub equal parts melted coconut oil for the butter – and also used 1/2 almond flour in place of the whole wheat flour. They come out perfectly ever time!

  • Jennifer

    I made these the other night but used the whole can of pumpkin since I knew it would go to waste otherwise. They turned out great and even my 12 yr old loved them. This is the first time I have used spelt and will definitely be using it again!

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  • Kristina

    What happened to the whole spelt lemon cottage cheese pancake recipe? :( it’s gone. I have cottage cheese I intended to use up with this recipe. Is it posted elsewhere? Thanks!

  • Jennifer Landry

    I use organic whole spelt flour for the majority of my baking at home since everywhere else I go the options are always white or whole wheat. I figure it’s good to switch things up a bit! I love that spelt is light and also whole grain. I also sometimes mix it with a multigrain flour or buckwheat etc. These pumpking muffins are delicious! My favourite I’ve tried on this site so far. I’ve heard a few people suggest subing the oil for apple sauce so I might try that next time to see how it turns out. Thanks for all of your recipies! My (unborn) baby is very appreciative! :)

  • […] a ton of sugar – the kids always get excited when I serve them. I wanted to dress these pumpkin muffins up for Valentine’s day, so I naturally thought of pink sprinkles. I have used shredded […]

  • Linda Novellino

    I have made these muffins a few times and they are delicious!! My only problem is the last 2 times I made them, they came out with an unwanted crunch or gritty piece in very couple of bites…almost like an eggshell but there wasn’t…? Had anyone else had this problem? I thought maybe it was the canned pumpkin I used but this time I switched brands and it still happened :(

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