Pumpkin Muffins with Essential Oils

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For many, fall brings a "slight" obsession with pumpkin spice everything. My family is no different. However, most recipes or pre-made goodies are loaded with unhealthy ingredients. I'm always so happy to discover new ways to recreate our family favorites in a healthy way. These pumpkin muffins are so good and are loaded with nutrition. Yum! 
 

Pumpkin Muffins

(Recipe adapted from Dreena Burton to use essential oils.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
  • 1 drop Ginger Essential Oil
  • 1 drop Clove Essential Oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar or other unrefined sugar
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp flax meal or 1/2 tbsp ground white chia seed
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie mix or canned pumpkin*
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup mini non-dairy chocolate chips (Optional)
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (Optional)

 Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk until well mixed. (Add chocolate chips if using.)
  3. In smaller bowl, combine the maple syrup with the flax meal. Then add essential oils, sugar, milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and pumpkin and stir until well mixed.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and gently fold until just combined (do not over mix).
  5. Spoon the mixture into a twelve-cup lined muffin pan.
  6. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.
  7. Bake for 21-22 minutes, until set to the touch. Remove from the oven, let cool for a couple of minutes in the pan, and then transfer the muffins to cool on a cooling rack.

Note:

  • Pumpkin pie mix has a bit of added sugar, so if you are using canned pumpkin instead, you may want to increase the sugar or maple syrup a bit depending on your sweetness preferences.

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