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‘Perfect for Fall’ Pumpkin Muffins!

With the drizzly, dreary weather outside, I got the urge to bake.  And bake I did!

I popped on the ‘Rockin’ Holidays’ Pandora station (getting a liiitttlllee ahead of myself!) and got to work in the kitchen.  There’s just something about playing Christmas music that makes baking even more fun!

Muffins were on the agenda today and after looking through what I have in the cabinets, I came up with these ‘Perfect for Fall’ Pumpkin Muffins!

Muffin Delish!

I gathered my ingredients up and was ready to go.

Ready to Bake!

I started by mixing together all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

Dry Ingredients

The ‘wet’ ingredients were combined in my trusty kitchen aid, and then the dry ingredients were slowly added.

Combine!

All mixed up!

The delicious additions (chopped walnuts and choc chips) were then folded into the mix.

The goodies…

Into a sprayed muffin tin went the mix, and baked for 23 minutes.  Yep, 23! How’s that for precise?!

And I ended up with these little beauties…

‘Perfect for Fall’ Pumpkin Muffins

And they were GOOD!

So, here’s the scoop…

‘Perfect for Fall’ Pumpkin Muffins – Yield 10 muffins

What You Need;

1C All Purpose Flour

1C Oats (I used old-fashioned)

1/2 C Packed Brown Sugar (I used light brown sugar)

1tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 1/4 C Canned Pumpkin

1 Egg

1 Tbs Canola Oil

1/4 C Chopped Walnuts

1/4 C Choc Chips (I used semi-sweet)

What You Do;

Pre-heat oven to 375F/ 190C

Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or use individual muffin liners.

Mix dry ingredients (without walnuts and choc chips) in a medium mixing bowl until combined

In an electric mixer, combine the pumpkin, egg and oil.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring slowly until well combined.

Fold in the walnuts and choc chips.

Spoon mixture into muffin tin (I filled 10 muffin spots).

Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean and muffin springs back when touched.

Allow to cool for as long as you can on a wire rack before devouring! I didn’t last long!

Most importantly, enjoy!

Pumpkin Yum!

These made for a perfect mid-morning snack and are pretty darn healthy to boot! Bonus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Lazy Old Day…

Today started off with a couple of hours of work (a short day because my work family were heading off to Spain for a week! Jealous!) and then ended with a whoooollee lot of lazy relaxing.  I guess last night’s Fancy date night took it out of me!

< Side Note > The sky looked like this for a lot of the day…

Sky Patterns!

I LOVE when the sky is like this.  It’s like the sky is making patterns, beautiful!

Lunch…

Lunch today was a bit of a snack attack.  I was having a hard time committing to one meal.  One minute I was in the mood for eggs, the next a sandwich, the next…donuts! So, I decided to have a couple of different snacks to get me through my midday meal.

I started off with some Ritz crackers topped with muenster cheese.

Hint of Salt Ritz 

Lunch snack # 1!

I paired the crackers with a handful of raspberries.

Lunch snack number two was the real winner! I opted for a whole wheat tortilla topped with peanut butter and a handful of Kashi Go Lean Crunch.  Ahhh yum!

PB and Kashi tortilla

This little baby packed a protein punch, and was delicious!  A nice hot cup of tea rounded out my snack attack lunch.

Hello old friend!

The majority of my afternoon was taken up with a nice Skype chat with my sissy and my mum and then I had a nice old nanna nap.  I blame the nap entirely on this girl…

Sleepy Girl!

She looked so comfortable! Can’t you just hear her coaxing me, “come on human mummy, you know you want to nap”.  You were right again Annie girl! A nap was just what I needed!

After some quality House Hunters watching (and dying inside at the prices of homes in San Francisco), Chris came home and dinner time had rolled around!

Thank you Lentil Soup for providing yet another delicious meal.

Lentil Soup Leftovers

This time I paired the deliciousness with a slice of buttered whole wheat toast.  Perfecto!

Needless to say, today was a no-workout day.  I’m excited to get a nice sweat on tomorrow.  Who’s going to join me?

Now I’m off to shower and hit the sack.  Sweet dreams world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Energy Bites! (No baking required)

Since we have a full fridge and kitchen cabinets again, I found myself in the mood to make a little something.  One thing that’s been on my mental to-do list for a long, long time now is ‘no bake energy bites’.  Since I now had all the ingredients I needed, I hopped-to in the kitchen.

I jumped on to Pinterest to find the original recipe I had pinned a long time ago.  The original is from the awesome blog ‘Gimme some oven’ .  I amended the recipe a little, but you can find the original here.

Peanut Butter Energy Bites!

Yields approx 15-20 bites, depending on size.  

What You Need;

1 Cup dry Oats (I used old fashioned gluten free)

1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup of Wheat Germ

1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup of Chopped Walnuts

1/3 Cup of Honey

The Mixin’s

What You Do;

Pop all ingredients into a medium sized bowl.

Stir together until well combined.

Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least half an hour to chill.

Remove from the fridge and roll into balls (the size is up to you!).

Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Enjoy!

Everything In!

Mixed up and ready for the fridge!

Be prepared to get your hands a little messy! That’s the fun part.

And the finished product…

 

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Easy, packed full of energy and tasty! Success!

I think these little bites will be great for a snack, incorporated into breakfast or even a little dessert.  The best part of these is that you can play around with the ingredients as much as you like!

Enjoy!