Sunday, September 18, 2011

Back to School and a Recipe!

The leaves haven't started turning yet, but there is a definite chill in the air and the pumpkins are making their appearance at the markets.  Fall is commencing and one long lost fall memory has made it's return in my life...back to school!  I got through my first week of school with only a few hitches.  I stressed myself out a little, lost my appetite and went through a nasty 18 hour migraine.  Not a great start, but going through this week made me realize I need to adjust my work schedule. It may be just the first week and I know it's an adjustment, but the window I've given myself for study is very small.  I require 2.5 hours per night of study time, minimum. There's a lot of content to cover and I already have a test next week :)

However, I am loving classes.  The teachers are compelling, students are engaging and aside from the crazy schedule, it's been a great week and I look forward to learning more.

I've spent about 9 hour studying this weekend, so I thought I'd stop by here to give you an update and a recipe.  Robert and I did a cleaning through the fridge/freezer and pantry this weekend and I found a can of organic pureed pumpkin (not expired).  Feeling inspired with the upcoming fall season, I decided to make a batch of simple pumpkin muffins.

Pumpkin Muffins  *recipe adapted from Caveman Food

Preheat oven to 350.

1 1/2 cups almond flour
3/4 cup pureed pumpkin (I used canned, but fresh would also be awesome)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
3 Tbsp maple syrup (My husband's uncle makes his own.  It's incredible!)
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp each of nutmeg, cardamom, ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

Shredded coconut as a garnish
  • Combine dry ingredients first and then add the wet.  Mixes fine with a fork, electric mixer not required
  • Spoon batter into 12 paper muffin cups and garnish with shredded coconut (unsweetened) 
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean
  • Enjoy!
These came out really super moist and I enjoyed mine with some butter (so good). 

*Non-Paleo husband approved!*

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