Alisa Fleming ~ What doesn’t go well with peanut? Though I’d never thought to marry pumpkin with this popular legume, I’ve now been convinced that they are soul mates. After all, a popular African stew that I adore, is based upon peanut butter and sweet potatoes. What’s good for sweet potatoes is definitely good for pumpkin! To be fair, these pumpkin peanut muffins are really pumpkin muffins spiked with peanuts, making them adaptable for those who need to be peanut-free, too.
Naturally, if you or a loved one has a peanut allergy, you can omit the peanuts altogether, and simply enjoy a pumpkin muffin, but I’d probably add in 1/2 cup of raisins, cranberries, flaxseeds (yes, they retain their nutrition when baked!) or even hemp seeds (those little nuggets are awesome in muffins).
I’ll be featuring a few baking recipes as we head up to the big holiday because to me, Christmas day is THE baking day. Though I like to bake for others before the holidays, nothing gives me the warm feeling of a holiday like a relaxing day of making cookies and muffins. I think I actually bake more on Christmas day than the rest of December!
Like most of the recipes I create or enjoy, these pumpkin peanut muffins are kid-friendly and a great way to get little ones involved in the kitchen. They can whisk, fold, and even help pour the batter into the tins.
I know that many of you have other dietary needs. Though I haven’t tested these adaptations, I wanted to offer some possible suggestions to help out:
Egg-Free / Vegan? Though I haven’t tested these babies egg-free, I think they should work well. Simply use two egg replacers (such as Ener-G), or, if it were me, I would actually add more pumpkin (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup) or 2 “flax eggs” and increase the baking powder slightly (probably about 1/4 teaspoon). Pumpkin is a natural binder itself, so pumpkin muffins don’t rely quite as heavily on eggs as other recipes.
Gluten-Free? I recommend using the eggs for gluten-free, but you can sub in your favorite all-purpose gluten-free flour blend for both flours. I prefer to skip the xanthan gum and guar gum in moist muffins like these, as they can make them gummy.
More Peanut? Another fun option could be replacing the oil with 1/4 cup peanut butter for infused peanut muffins. Just a thought!