Baking as my Yoga
I had a very productive and exciting morning last week in relation to my writing business. I was feeling happily overwhelmed and I needed to ground myself before I sat down to work.
Baking relaxes me as nothing else can. When I was in corporate America, aka when I was miserable, I would get up in the middle of the night to bake.
While Manatee dreamed of bakeries, I would be measuring, sifting and kneading.
Manatee would awake to a messy kitchen and a serene Badger Girl. I would go to work tired but refreshed.My co-workers would enjoy the freshly baked biscotti, bread and muffins never knowing the angst that supplied their coffee break snacks.
So when I needed to unwind after an exciting morning last week, I decided to take another shot at clean baking. Manatee and I are working to convert our diets to a clean diet (all whole foods, nothing processed) and baking is the trickiest part for me.
Clean Baking Substitutions
For this recipe, I had three substitutions to make to the original recipe.
Clean Baking Pumpkin Muffin Recipe
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup water
1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a muffin tin.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together honey, applesauce and eggs.
- Add pumpkin, vanilla and water.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, powdered ginger and ground cloves.
- Combine dry ingredients with the wet. Stir until just blended.
- Fill each muffin tin 3/4 full.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Makes 18 regular sized muffins or 3 dozen mini muffins. Regular sized muffins are 3 Weight Watcher points (Point Plus formula).
Recipe Review: A-maz-ing. The reason I checked to see how many points were in them was because I was sure that I was blowing my diet. Not the case! With only 3 points per regular sized muffin, I should have ate more! The applesauce and honey make them very moist. My clean baking modifications worked! I will definitely make these again and the only tweaking will be with the spices. Next time I plan to double all the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, ground cloves) to enhance the pumpkin flavor even more.