These squash muffins are another gem from the CLIF Bar holiday series. Clif Bar is celebrating the return of their popular seasonal flavors (Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Iced Gingerbread, and Peppermint Stick) with recipes from the athletes and foodies at CLIF Bar that evoke holiday memories. We already highlighted the chocolate chip banana bread recipe chosen by Todd Wells, Olympic Mountain Bike and Cyclocross racer, but now it’s Lindsey Corbin’s turn.
Lindsey is a Professional Triathlete and Team CLIF Bar Athlete. Her favorite outdoor holiday tradition is going on adventure runs with friends and her dog, during the winter time in Montana. No doubt that they wouldn’t love to arrive home to a fresh batch of these low fat squash muffins! They are sweet, but with a touch of wholesome.
For ease, you can substitute the mashed squash with canned pumpkin or squash puree. However, if you want to enjoy the original squash muffins recipe, as is, then simply roast up a fresh seasonal squash at home …
How to roast a butternut squash: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Halve the butternut squash and scoop out the seeds. Lightly oil the cut part of the squash, and place it on a pan, cut side up, with 1 inch of water 5. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool, scoop out the flesh, and mash or puree it.
Special Diet Notes: Roasted Butternut Squash Muffins
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, optionally vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Dash each of nutmeg, allspice, ginger & cardamom
- 1 cup mashed roasted butternut squash (see in-article note for roasting squash - can substitute with canned pumpkin puree)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup plain dairy-free yogurt*
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 egg or 1 egg replacer equivalent
- Hand full of toasted and chopped pecans, optional
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease two muffin tins or line them with cupcake liners.
- Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cardamom in a medium-bow.
- Blend the squash, sugar, yogurt, applesauce, honey and egg in a mixing bowl.
- Gently fold the dry ingredients into wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
- Gently stir in the nuts, if using.
- Fill each muffin cup ⅔ full.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Vegan Option: Use the egg replacer, substitute agave nectar for the honey, and make sure you choose a vegan brown sugar (most organic brands are vegan).