When it comes to pumpkin, it’s time to think outside of the pie! Pure pumpkin is a magical ingredient when it comes to healthy cooking. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this low calorie squash adds moisture, flavor and a light texture to everything from oatmeal to smoothies to pancakes and more. Not only is pumpkin delicious but it is packed with fiber which helps to keep you feeling fuller and satisfied longer. Add a scoop in your morning smoothie or stir a spoonful into a warm bowl of oatmeal. Versatile and affordable, it’s time to make pumpkin a part of your diet all year round!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
$0.42 per serving
- 1 ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup oats – old fashioned or quick cooking
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup pure pumpkin
- 1/3 cup brown sugar – packed
- 1 egg
- 1 medium banana – mashed
- 2/3 cup skim milk
- ¼ cup plain low fat yogurt
- ½ cup chocolate chips – semi sweet
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with 12 paper muffin cups. Alternatively, you can spray with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, oats, flax seed meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, egg, banana, milk and yogurt until combined.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just incorporated (careful not to over-mix.) Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
- Using a large ice cream scooper, divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Nutrition Facts (per muffin): 183 calories, 4.7 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 179 mg sodium, 31.7 g carb, 4.2 g fiber, 13.5 g sugars, 4.4 g protein
Recipe courtesy of Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl. HumanaVitality is not an insurance product. This material is provided for informational use only. You should consult with your doctor.