Cherry Slurp Weekend at the Market: Pumpkin Muffins

As some already know, we sell our duck eggs and ducks, along with other products in Hessel, Michigan at the Les Cheneaux Farmers & Artisan Market.  This takes place on Sundays at the old Schoolhouse from 10 am to 2 pm.

This weekend the Les Cheneaux Farmers & Artisan Market is having the Cherry Slurp.  The idea is to have/promote cherries at this weeks market.

Lisa found some different recipes that incorporate various facets of products from our ranch and cherries.  Over the next week we will be putting up the recipes and other information, so keep an eye out.

The first recipe that we will have at the market is for Pumpkin Muffins.  Check out the full article here.

If you look over the recipe and wonder where the cherries come in, take a look under the Change it Up section at the end.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  Without further adieu, here is the recipe.

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins
Author: Cookie and Kate
Recipe type: Baked Good
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Serves: 10 muffins
Easy, one bowl, maple-sweetened, pumpkin muffins made with whole wheat flour, oats, coconut oil and spices! These healthy muffins are as light, fluffy and delicious as their coffee shop counterparts. Tip: measure your pumpkin purée by packing it into a dry measuring cup and leveling the top, instead of using a liquid measuring cup.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice or cloves
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius). If necessary, grease ten cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray (my pan is non-stick and didn’t require any grease).
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and maple syrup or honey together with a whisk. Add eggs, and beat well. Mix in the pumpkin purée and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice or cloves.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the ten muffin cups. For these muffins, it’s ok to fill the cups a little higher than you normally would. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake muffins for 23 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack. These muffins are delicate until they cool down (you have been warned!), so it’s best to wait until they have cooled down to remove them from the tin. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. Enjoy muffins as is or with a spread of nut butter or regular butter.
Notes
Recipe adapted from my honey-sweetened pumpkin bread.
Storage suggestions: These muffins will keep at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. They keep well in the freezer in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months (just defrost individual muffins as needed).
Make it egg free: Readers report that these muffins turn out well with flax eggs!
Make it vegan: Use maple syrup, flax eggs and non-dairy milk.
Make it dairy free: Simply use your non-dairy milk of choice.
Make it gluten free: Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose blend works well instead of the whole wheat flour.
Change it up: You could really go crazy with add-ins here! Fold in mini dark chocolate chips, chopped dried cranberries or crystallized ginger and/or chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts. Liz topped these muffins with my maple glaze from my pumpkin scones recipe, which sounds like a delicious idea to me!
Serving suggestions: These muffins would be fantastic with homemade pecan butter or coconut butter.

You can find the whole article at http://cookieandkate.com/2014/healthy-maple-pumpkin-muffins/.

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