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by Allie on September 26, 2009 · 19 comments

in Dessert,Oven Lovin' (Baking),Recipes

I just can’t stop with these ‘B’ words! Here’s one more….

WE MADE….

Butternut Squash Pecan Muffins!!

After seeing Erica bake with butternut squash, my taste buds were itching! SO I picked up a can of butternut squash puree from TJ’s and searched the internet for a recipe! When Caroline and I were thinking about what to do together I suggested that we bake these glorious sounding muffs!

**For those of you that are new, Caroline and I officially met at the Healthy Living Summit this past August and we go to the same school! We also coincidentally live about 2 blocks from each other and have a class together. Small world blogworld, huh?

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We sure made a big ol’ mess…in the 1970s kitch :)

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Recipe adapted from Simple Daily Recipes.

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (ground in a Magic Bullet)
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar (substitute for brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats–whole
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup butternut squash puree
  • 2 TBSP ground flax with 4 TBPS water (substitute for egg)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or oil)
  • 1/4 cup water

1) The first step was to rehydrate the raisins and craisins by soaking them in warm water and popping them in the microwave for 1 min.

2) Grind 1 cup of rolled oats (I used the Magic Bullet or you can use a food processor) until it is a flour-like consistency.

3) Mix the dry ingredients together with the rehydrated fruit

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2) Mix the wet ingredients together

*We used flax+water instead of eggs to make it vegan

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3) Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients

4) Mix well

5) Dollop into muffin pan

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They were super soft and moist in the middle, which surprised me because we used flax instead of eggs, applesauce instead of oil, and whole wheat flour. They didn’t have the funky taste that whole wheat baked goods sometimes have, which was great. I think we took them out a couple minutes early too because they were quite soft in the middle...but that was the BEST part.

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Lookin’ pretty on my leafy plate :)

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These muffins were so d-d-delicious! The flavors just screamed FALL. I can’t wait to get my hands on another can of butternut squash puree to bake with. What an excellent way to sneak in veggies for non-veggie lovers i.e. your children, your spouse, etc. The recipe is easy to follow and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already! SO? What are you waiting for!?

***Edited to add:

  • You can also add 1 cup of shredded carrots into the recipe!
  • I tried it with 2 eggs as the original recipe calls for and they were bigger and fluffier as a result
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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl September 26, 2009 at 11:27 am

YES!!! Check out the recipe I posted yesterday – great minds think (and we bake) alike :-D

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2 zuki September 26, 2009 at 11:54 am

Hey…that’s the exact same stove I’ve got in my 70′s Condo! I like to think of my kitchen as “authentic Retro”.

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3 Bri September 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm

The muffins look so yummy and holler fall is here!

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4 MelissaNibbles September 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I love the new plate. Yea for blog friends!!

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5 janetha September 26, 2009 at 1:51 pm

those look super delicious! i love that you guys live so close, it is a small world. hooray for baking bonanzas!

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6 Errign September 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Yum, yum, yum.

Adding these to my ‘to bake’ list!

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7 Lauren September 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

These look fantastic! I adore BN squash but I have never used it in the canned form. Is it just like Pumpkin? I would imagine that they are very similar.

That’s so great that you found a close blogger connection. Wish I could be as fortunate. Oh well, someday! :)

Take care hun!

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8 Krista September 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Fall is the perfect baking season as far as I’m concerned!! Good job on the muffins!!

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9 ~Carla~ September 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm

These look (and sound) fabulous!! Yum! Thanks for sharing!! I’m thinking some cinnamon & nutmeg would be nice in these too.. can’t wait to try them! :) Have a great weekend!

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10 Maria September 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Ooooh, I saw these on Caroline’s bloggie too, and they look fantastic! Thanks for posting the recipe :) So it was your leaf plate that was so awesome, haha! You two are so lucky to be near each other. I don’t know a blogger who goes to my school, unfortunately >.<

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11 Rosalie September 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh you girls are my favorite food bloggers. <3

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12 Angela (Run Study Eat) September 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Def put that on my recipes to try list!

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13 insideiamdancing September 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Blog get-togethers are awesome :D As are muffins…those look great!

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14 Lynne September 26, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Those muffins look great! I saved the recipe for future use.

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15 Naomi(onefitfoodie) October 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm

YUM those look SOOO good, thanks for sharing the recipe, thats a keeper!

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