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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins In case you haven’t figured out by now, I love pumpkin. And I don’t just love it for the taste, I also love all of the Vitamin A that I sneak into my family’s diet!

Lately I’ve been making pumpkin butter, light and crustless pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

I found a wonderful recipe for them, but it wasn’t quite healthy enough for what I know will be the Little Buddy and Little Stinker’s breakfast some days.  So, I did some tweaking until it was not only fairly healthy, but very tasty!

Here’s what you will need:

Dry ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur’s Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour)

1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Wet Ingredients:

1 egg

3 egg whites (or 3/4 cup egg substitute)

1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup canola oil

Mix in at the end:

1 cup chocolate chips

collapsable measuring cups

Get started making these delicious pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!!!

1.  In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins flour Oh, and a little lion came to take a peak!

2.   Combine all of the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

3.  Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix only until moistened.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffin mix 4.  Stir in chocolate chips!  Mmmm.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins mixture 5.  Fill greased muffin pan cups about 1/2 – 2/3 full.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 18-21 min.  Be careful not to overbake!

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins cooked pumpkin chocolate cihp muffin This recipe yields about 24 muffins or 12 muffins and one small loaf.

Nutrition Highlights

Serving size: 1 muffin

177 calories, 5 g fat, 21 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein



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Pesto Pizza Recipe

pesto pizza recipe I am so excited to share this recipe with you, because it is so fresh and bursting with flavor.

Now, I’ll admit that ordering a pizza is easier, but this pizza is so much less greasy, is made with a whole wheat flour, and is very satisfying (even without any meat!).

I had actually never made homemade pizza dough.  The closest I’ve ever come to homemade pizza was buying a premade crust from the store and adding my own toppings.

I found a recipe for homemade dough using Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Yeast.  Most recipes I found used either all white flour or part whole wheat flour with part white flour.

I used King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat flour and it worked perfectly.  Didn’t have a strong whole wheat flour taste at all!

I will say that I’m not a patient cook, so I think I could have kneaded the dough a little longer.  Made me want a Kitchen-aid mixer!

I divided the dough into two separate pizza crusts and made two different types: one with pesto in place of the pizza sauce and one with Bobolli’s pizza sauce.  My favorite? The pesto pizza!

I just made my own pesto pizza recipe that is bursting with delicious flavors:

Fleischmann’s recipe for pizza dough, using King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat flour instead of white flour

Homemade pesto (though you could certainly use store-bought)

Italian blend shredded cheese (1 2-cup package)

Feta cheese

Artichoke hearts

Sliced and diced fresh tomatoes

Here’s the pizza before putting in the oven:

homemade pesto pizza The other pizza I made had Bobolli’s pizza sauce, the other half of my package of Italian blend cheese, feta cheese, artichoke hearts and olives.  It was good too!

olive and artichoke pizza And the finished products:

homemade veggie pizza


Olive and artichoke pizza with feta!


Pesto artichoke and tomato pizza



Pesto pizza with feta and tomato!





I will be making this again…very soon.  Even though this was a meatless meal, we didn’t even think about it being meatless.  It is so rich and filling, you’d think it had meat on it. (For other meatless meal ideas, check out this post or this post!)

It’s so fun knowing that this pesto pizza recipe was super-fresh and made from scratch!


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