Fall for these peanut and pumpkin muffins with a kick of spice

pumpkin-peanut-muffins(NC) Pumpkins, nuts and spice – it’s a taste of fall. Adding peanut butter to muffin batter packs extra protein and helps keeps the muffins moist. This recipe can also make a delicious loaf; simply bake at 350°F (180°C) for an hour, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Five-Spice Peanut and Pumpkin Muffins
Prep time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 22 minutes
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

Topping:
2 tbsp (30 ml) large flake oats
2 tbsp (30 ml) each pumpkin seeds and coarsely chopped peanuts
2 tbsp (30 ml) brown sugar

Muffins:
1 cup (250 ml) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (175 ml) whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) granulated sugar
1 tbsp (15 ml) baking powder
1 1/2 tsp (7 ml) Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened canned pumpkin
1/2 cup (125 ml) peanut oil or vegetable oil
1/3 cup (75 mL) water
2 eggs
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
1/3 cup (75 mL) peanut butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a muffin pan. Combine oats, pumpkin seeds, peanuts and brown sugar in a small bowl, then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir flours with sugar, baking powder, five-spice powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk pumpkin with oil, water, eggs and vanilla. Then whisk in peanut butter. Pour onto flour mixture and stir just until combined. Mixture will be quite thick.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with topping. Bake for about 22 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely.