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Pumpkin Granola Muffins

Due to the fact that we are currently home bound due to getting 40″ of snow in 24 hours two days ago, we have been doing lots of baking.  We just made these for the first time today and boy are they yummy. We LOVE anything pumpkin in our house, so we are always looking for a new recipe that includes vitamin packed pumpkin.  This recipe was adapted from one I saw from Libby’s Pumpkin website.

Here is what you need:

1 c. whole wheat flour 143809lrg

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. allspice

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. packed brown sugar

1/4 c. canola oil

1 can pumpkin

2 eggs

1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

1/ 2 – 1 c. low-fat granola

Here is what you do:  

Preheat the oven to 350. Then beat together the sugar and the oil until well combined.  Next add the pumpkin and the two eggs to the brown sugar and oil. Beat this until very well combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda.  If you have it on hand, you could use pumpkin pie spice in place of the nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice.  Add the dry mixture slowly to the wet ingredients and beat slowly to combine.  Finally stir in the chocolate chips.

Once combined, spoon batter into lightly greased mini muffin tins. Fill almost completely. Then top each muffin with about a 1/2 tsp of granola. Press the granola into the batter slightly.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

These muffins are a wonderful snack for both kids and adults.  They are healthy and not overly sweet, but the mini chocolate chips made my kids think they were having a dessert.  My kids loved them and begged for another one.  These types of muffins freeze really well too so they are a great snack to pack into the freezer and then throw them in a lunch box for a tasty lunchtime treat.  Hope you enjoy and happy baking!

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Coffee: my favorite kind of bean

Coffee is definitely my favorite drink and what gets me out of bed in the morning. In fact, I actually sometimes get myself out of bed at night to go downstairs and set the coffee maker for the morning if I forgot before going to bed.  There is nothing better than waking up to a hot cup of joe.

With that being said, coffee in the summer can be a little hard to swallow. I mean, even I have a hard time drinking hot coffee on a hot day.  Up until now, that means that during the summer I usually have to buy ice coffee because my own coffee just does not taste so great when it gets watered down by the ice. Well that problem is officially solved.  I recently read that the best way to solve this is to pour your extra morning coffee into ice cube trays to use in your ice coffee. I mean seriously this is genius. Then when the ice melts you just get more coffee!

We have many uses for ice cube trays in our house, but this is by far my favorite. Some other great uses for ice cubes tray are freezing tomato sauce so you can just thaw out enough for the kids to have pasta for lunch or freezing pesto after making tons of it in the summer with all the fresh basil.  We used to make baby food and then freeze it in ice cube trays. We would end up with 4-5 ziploc bags of cubes of different types of baby food in the freezer.  The uses for ice cube trays are endless and something I am sure will come up in future posts.

Well so there is my tip of the day…coffee ice cubes.  Woohoo!

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