Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whole Grain Butternut-Cinnamon Chip Muffins

I happen to have an affinity for watching what my hubby terms "freak shows." The Biggest Loser, Intervention, Hoarders, The Half Ton Man, The Half Ton Woman, The Half Ton Teen, The Half Ton Dog (just kidding on that one,) are just a few of my favorites. I'm not really certain why I'm drawn to these programs, other than the obvious fact that they point out to me that there is always someone out there who has it worse than I do.

Last week's season finale of Hoarders. Did y'all see it? It was about a man who hoarded rats. I had myself tucked up so tight in a blanket when I was watching it that you'd have thought there was a serial killer knocking down my door. Just ewe..eeeeeek....and uck. uck. uck.

What does this have to do with muffins? Well... I have a little bit of a hoarding problem myself when it comes to food ingredients, especially seasonal ones. Fresh cranberries are bought by the bagfuls in November then frozen to get me through until the following year. Diet cranberry Sierra Mist is stockpiled in the garage also during those months because the powers that be seem to think that we don't like cranberry beverages the rest of the year. And cinnamon chips, found in this recipe, are scooped up during the holiday baking season so I can make these muffins anytime I want to! I have found however, that even though Hershey's doesn't keep them in the stores year round, they are always available at King Arthur Flour.

Also... hugs to all of you who have been emailing me and asking how I'm doing. Thanks so much for caring. As of today I'm 6 weeks smoke free! Blogging remains stressful for me for some reason however, and I'm sure you've become aware that I've been posting less frequently. Hopefully that will change soon. I love you guys.

Whole Grain Butternut Cinnamon Chip Muffins (makes one dozen muffins)

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup oat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 cup plain yogurt
2 TBSP canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup butternut squash puree
1 1/3 cup Splenda (or sugar)
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg..

In another bowl whisk together the egg, egg white, yogurt, oil, vanilla, squash and sweetener.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until all is incorporated. Do not over mix. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Distribute batter between muffins cups. Bake for 23-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for a few minutes before removing from pan to cool completely on cooling rack.

33 comments:

PlumpNotFat said...

A veggie and whole wheat? Dems healthy muffins!! :)

ann said...

These sound great, like something I would love. I like your cupcake papers too.

Nanan said...

My what pretty muffins you made! 6 weeks - yeah YOU!!!!! I think I could make those in the toaster oven here in Bogota - but I seriously doubt I could find all of the ingredients... could do some creative substitutions... hmmmmmmmmm

June said...

Great looking muffins Mags & 6 weeks....you're amazing and we're proud! I just picked up a bunch of fresh crans at Albertson's and did the happy dance all the way out the store. We can buy blueberries year round...why not cranberries too. I think it's a RIP!

Debbie said...

The muffins look wondeful and congrats to you on your 6 weeks of being smoke free!!!! I know what you mean about blogging and not doing it as much. It happens to me and I don't blog as much as in the beginning. I know there are people out there that blog every day almost but that is too much for me. Do it when you feel like it....

Debbie said...

Oh as far as the shows you like .... I (for whatever reason)love all the true crime shows! 48 hours Mystery....Forensic Files, etc.....

Karen said...

6 weeks, yay!

Barbara Bakes said...

I have hoarded some cinnamon chips myself, waiting for the perfect recipe to use them in. I think we'll have muffins on the weekend!

Design Wine and Dine said...

First off congrats on the 6 weeks! Awesome!!!

I have the same hoarding problem...it's a disease for sure!

These look wonderful..I love the Cinnamon Chip Scones from Panera - these look better!!

nicolecooks said...

I am a maaaajor holiday hoarder. And I was only home for 3 weeks! (I'm in college) So I wound up leaving my poor mother with 3 bags of assorted holiday-themed candies... Whoops ;)

There are also cranberries in my freezer that I never used. And a few cans of pumpkin.

Your muffins look fantastic, and I love all the recipes on your blog! :) I've been reading off and on for awhile now but am just starting to actaully comment on things as I embark on my own blogging adventure ;)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum!! These muffins look incredible. I have some butternut squash hanging around, and now I know what I'm going to do with it.

Lynda said...

Congrats on the 6 weeks-great job!
The muffins look awesome; the combo of butternut and cinnamon sounds amazing.

SeattleDee said...

6 weeks and counting - that rates a major YOU GO GIRL!

briarrose said...

What pretty muffins. Beautiful job.

Glad to hear you are going strong on the quitting smoking streak. :)

stephchows said...

I have a bad tv show habit as well... and a baking habit... see we have enough habits that there's no room for a smoking habit! Great job on going 6 weeks!! You rock and can keep it up!!

Anna said...

Wow, these look great! Low in sugar, high fiber and with cinnamon. I just wish butternut squash were easier to deal with. Or maybe I'm having problems with it because my knives aren't very sharp.

Merut said...

I only watch those freak shows when I'm depressed. I'm lucky I don't have it that bad. Six weeks without smoking?! I'm a closet smoker (so don't tell anyone, especially not on my blog), but I am dying to quit. How did you get past those first few days?

Jane said...

I love, always, your humor and honesty, Mags. I switch the channel if I'm watching one of those TV shows and my husband or kids enters the room. They're none the wiser. :) You hang in there, lady, and don't worry if you find you need a respite now and then from blogging. I figure, if blogging starts to feel like negative pressure, that's the time to take a little break. Six weeks is a huge accomplishment, by the way. We're pulling for you!

Natalie said...

hahaha this made me laugh. I'm totally all about hoarding baking ingredients. My freezer is STOCKED with chips of every kind + tons of bags of candy to bake with.

I sure wish I had some cinnamon chips though..

Moogie said...

Great post Mags. I need to order some cinnamon chips.

Sue said...

Oh, this post had me laughing out loud, literally! Stopping smoking hasn't affected your sense of humor, that's for sure! I can never see the design on my muffin liners after they're baked, but yours are so pretty! What's the trick?

Hang in there, Mags! You're doing fantastic!

Deb I said...

Marge, You can call it hoarding if you want, but I like to think of it as being prepared and being a smart shopper!! Think of you often and I know it must be hard kicking the habit, but WOW you are doing it! Love you!

Barbara said...

I've never even heard of a show called Hoarders. What channel is that on? Although I don't think I'd care much for watching someone collect rats. :(

Your cupcakes look great and are chock full of good stuff, Mags!
Congrats on the 6 weeks!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Way to go on your 6 weeks of smoke free-dom, Mags! That is BIG!

These muffins look so very good, and I would love one to go with my morning coffee right now. They look as though they might become addictive too, though.

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Great combination, and innovative too! Have never made a butternut muffin!

Maria said...

I can't wait to try these!

marla said...

Love that you put butternut squash in these mufffins.

Shelby said...

I'm kind of a hoarder in the same way you are....however, that tv show totally makes me ill to see what they find dead in those homes. We did see one where one lady really cleaned it up though and that did make me feel good! lol

scrambledhenfruit said...

Hoarding rats? Ewwwww! But hoarding cranberries and cinnamon chips is a perfectly acceptable vice. :) These muffins look yummy! Yay for six weeks smoke free!!!!

Velva said...

I enjoy hoarding food myself. Love the muffins.

It seems the show that I enjoy is Million Dollar Matchmaker.

P.S. Your snow monster will post on Wednesday, Jan 26 at 6:00 a.m. EST. Check it out. Thank you for allowing me host your photo.

Velva

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) said...

Congratulations on 6 weeks! Those muffins look delicious! Unfortunately, I have never seen cinnamon chips in canada :( I going to look for them in king arthur flour like you mentioned though. Thanks!

Patty said...

Six WEEKS!!You CAN do it. If you smoked while you blogged, that might be why you have trouble, without even knowing why. I am working fast on 2 years, and the "need" is still there at odd times.Keep up the good work.(Love your blog)

Winnie said...

These look really delicious! I didn't realize you'd quit smoking- congrats so far...you are doing great :)