In less than a week, we’ll be heading out of town for Thanksgiving. Definitely excited to get some family time and some cooler weather! And this trip has me thinking its the perfect time to break out my new favorite pumpkin muffins recipe. Stay with me here…
Although I love a good road trip, I’m never crazy about all the fast food that tends to go with it. Both my wallet and my waistline tend to get really depressed.
One of the things we’ve started doing to help with that is packed most of our food for the way up on a road trip. That way even if we can’t pack for the ride back it’s at least saved us some calories and spread our food budget out a little further.
So I started looking for some yummy breakfast ideas that I could make ahead of time and freeze until we were ready for them. That way I can taste them to make sure they are good and yummy before the trip. Nothing worse than getting in the car and realizing your breakfast is a total bust. Lame…
I looked in my pantry and saw I had some leftover pumpkin puree on hand and headed to Pinterest. Didn’t take very long before stumbling onto Julie’s Best Ever Pumpkin Muffins recipe over at Lovely Little Kitchen. And after trying them myself I can say she is definitely good on her word. Go check her out! She has this awesome recipe and plenty more!
Seriously, these things are dangerously delicious!! And so easy it’s insane. Which is my kind of baking!
Start by getting all of your dry ingredients together, mixing them in a medium to large mixing bowl. I always default to my Kitchen Aid mixer, because let’s face it, I’m lazy and rarely hand mix anything anymore. Once you’ve got your ingredients good and mixed up, go ahead and set that aside.
Next step, throw all of your wet ingredients together in another medium bowl. Not going to lie, I kind of loved all the fall color going on in my bowl here. Us Florida girls are so deprived of fall color we get excited when we see it anywhere we can get. Once you’ve got your oil, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla all whisked up its time to add it to your dry ingredient bowl.
*Note: You may prefer to melt your coconut oil if the solid form weirds you out. I was being lazy but a quick 10 seconds in the microwave would definitely liquidify that bad boy. If you’re lazy like me, don’t worry it didn’t affect the outcome of the muffin and still baked BEAUTIFULLY!
After you mix them together it should start to look a little something like this…
Something to keep in mind is to be careful not to over mix your batter. Baking is a bit of a science, and sometimes when you over mix batter it affects the final outcome of your dish.
When you’re ready you’ll add your batter to the muffin pan you have lined with liners.
I find it’s easier to do this part with a ladle, but that’s just me. Place the muffin pan in the oven that you had preheated to 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes. Get ready for your kitchen to smell AH-MAZING!
Voila! Definitely lives up to their Best Ever status. Seriously, I ate
two three of these last night they were so good! Don’t judge…
Threw the rest of them in the freezer, so we’d actually have some muffins for our road trip next week. They will pair perfectly with some coffee and bananas don’t you think?
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of cloves
1 15oz can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
*I didn’t have any nutmeg or cloves on hand so I substituted those with 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and it worked great!
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line your muffin pan with liners.
- Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Mix together your eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and coconut oil.
- Add wet mixture to your dry ingredients. Whisk until thoroughly mixed, being careful not to over-stir the batter.
- Fill muffin liners with batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
Note: Original recipe Best Ever Pumpkin Muffins
Do you have a go-to muffin recipe or road trip breakfast favorite? I’d love to hear about them! Leave me a comment below and let me know!