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Oh, the beauty of whole grain pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! When you hear “whole grain” do you immediately imagine chewing a dry and crusty piece of cardboard? It’s totally fine if you do, but despite sounding like a late-night infomercial… you don’t have to endure that any longer!!! When done right, whole wheat, and any whole grains for that matter, are absolutely delicious. Even my Wonder Bread-loving husband can attest to that.
Love those whole grains!
If you’ve stopped by the blog before, you may have noticed I love, love, love whole grains. I mean, if I’m going to eat cake or cobbler, I want all the fiber that goes with whole grains, so I can feel better about that fat slice for dessert. Our family started eating whole grains six years ago, when a friend did a mini bread workshop at her house. She went through the merits of not only eating whole grains, but also of milling those grains at home. Say what?? True story. We have a grain mill bought second-hand, and it has withstood massive amounts of grain milling since we’ve owned it.
I won’t go into all the details in this post, but freshly ground whole grains are more nutrient dense. (And they taste phenomenal, not heavy and bland like store-bought whole wheat items.) Flour begins to break down nutritionally within 24-48 hours after milling. I’m not sure how long the bag of whole wheat flour has been sitting at the grocery store, but I know it wasn’t milled 24 hours ago. Most of the education I’ve received about whole grains has come from the awesome folks at The Bread Beckers. I’ve heard them speak on several occasions, and I recently bought Sue Becker’s new Home Ground Flour book, and it totally rocks. Whole wheat pepperoni pizza roll anyone? My kids love it. I digress.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
These whole -wheat pumpkin muffins are an adaptation from a recipe I found eons ago on Moneysavingmom.com. We weren’t using whole grains at the time, but after we made the switch, I tried to convert as many recipes as I could. I obviously wanted to adapt it to be 100% whole wheat, as well as use less sugar and oil. The original recipe called for a whole cup of oil, yikes!
Over the years, this recipe has become one of our favorites, even after all things pumpkin and fall have faded. You can even substitute sweet potato for the pumpkin when needed, and they’re delicious! So welcome in the fall season this year with these tasty and healthy muffins!
If you can’t eat them all in a few days, put the extra in the freezer and pull them out as needed. 30 seconds in the microwave gets them warm and steamy. The perfect accompaniment to a fresh cup of coffee. Enjoy!