Currently, I’m sitting inside with three shirts on, one scarf, and one coat. I’ve been in Chicago for the last few days visiting my family, and it’s no surprise that I showed up just in time for the first snow. It always knows when I’m coming.
In my parents’ house, there are 3 options to get warm – first, don’t take your coat off, and second, turn up the heat when no one is looking… but by far the most effective method is to BAKE. Crank that oven and when you’re done leave it open to feel every last bit of the heat. Today I’ll be keeping warm by baking Christmas cookies with my mom and sister, but these pumpkin corn muffins have been a favorite lately.
This is a spin on my favorite corn muffin recipe – and a perfect use for a bit of leftover pumpkin puree that you might have now that you’re in the throes of Thanksgiving cooking. The pumpkin flavor is light here (if you’re craving pumpkin-ey pumpkin muffins, use this recipe), but it makes these corn muffins lightly sweet, slightly healthier, and very delicious. I love to eat them for breakfast or along with a hot bowl of chili.
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup spelt flour or whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon*
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg*
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Don’t overmix.
- Evenly divide the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to continue cooling.