These very clever muffins can go two ways–fancy or simple. And although my pictures in this post all show frosting, let me make this perfectly clear–these muffins are great plain.
The muffin part of this recipe (which I have since altered slightly) was developed by a former coworker when she was doing weight watchers (she even calculated the points!). They were tasty and healthy and all her friends were delighted!
But today I needed to make them for teenagers. Including my youngest daughter who (loudly and vocally) doesn’t like pumpkin. But isn’t it every natural foodie’s mission to sneak healthy ingredients into their kids’ food?
To add to the challenge, I didn’t even know that I needed to bake until that morning. My daughter was getting ready for school and I just happened to ask “when do I need to bake for music theory again?”
Her eyes grew wide, her mouth dropped open and she moaned, “Oh I’m so so-o-o-r-ry. It’s today.”
We resolved that I would drop something off before her 10:30 class and I booted up the PC to check my list-of-treats-to-test to see what I might have the ingredients for. I had seen some cute cupcakes made in a pumpkin shaped mini bundt pan. It was a bit more pumpkin shaped than my standard mini bundt pan, but now was not the time to be choosy. And so the “fancy” version of this muffin was born.
I was kind of nervous about the whole last minute effort, even though I really enjoyed my “test” mini-cupcakes and the glaze had hardened up nicely (which meant they wouldn’t be too messy for school). I texted my daughter to see how it went and got the following reply back, “Everyone loved them! They were awesome! There was a round of applause! Thank you so much you’re the best!”
So the frosted muffins are now confirmed to convert non-believers… But, really, they are also lovely straight.
- ¼ c oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ can pumpkin (half of a 1 lb can)
- ¼ c water
- 3/4 c all purpose flour
- ½c whole wheat flour
- ½ c oat bran
- ¼ t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- ¼ t cloves
- ¼ t allspice
- ½ t ground ginger
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
- Mix wet and dry ingredients separately, then combine.
- Bake in greased cupcake tins at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
- Cool completely.
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If you decide to go “fancy,” here is the glaze I used. It is a standard glaze with the addition of candy melts, so that it would dry harder and be neater to serve.
Pumpkin Muffin Glaze
- 2 c powdered sugar
- 5 T water or cream (adjust to desired consistency)
- 5 T butter
- 1/2 t vanilla
- 1 c vanilla candy melts (Wilton)
- Red and yellow food coloring (I used gel)
- Twix bars, or tootsie rolls or other chocolates to make stems (optional)
- Combine ingredients in double boiler and heat until melted.
- Whisk until glaze is smooth, then add color and mix, adjusting amounts until desired shade is reached.
- Dip the cooled cupcakes in the glaze. Let harden on wire rack.
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