These incredible muffins combine two types of whole grains, heart-healthy olive oil and fiber-rich pumpkin in a tasty snack that you can feel good about. These muffins are delicious on their own and even better once topped with cinnamon icing. This small-sized muffin batch makes 12 muffins and fits easily in most toaster ovens, which means you won't have to turn on your less efficient full-sized oven.
Ingredients For 12 Whole Grain Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins
1/2 cup of whole grain oat flour
1/2 cup of whole grain wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of ground clove
1/2 cup of turbinado sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of puréed pumpkin (either cook a fresh pie pumpkin and purée, or use canned)
2 tablespoons of sour cream
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup of butterscotch chips (if you can't find these, white chocolate chips also work well in these muffins)
Heat your toaster oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners. Set aside.
Combine the whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, aluminum-free baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine well. Set aside.
Put the sugar and egg in the work bowl of your stand mixer. Beat on high for two minutes. Add the pumpkin. Beat on medium for one minute. Add the extra virgin olive oil, sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on medium for two minutes. Add half of the flour mixture and beat on low till just combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and again beat on low until just combined. Over-mixing will result in a tough muffin. Use a spatula to fold in the butterscotch chips.
Evenly split the batter among the twelve muffin cups. Bake in your toaster oven for 15 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly, then drizzle with cinnamon icing (recipe below)
Ingredients For Cinnamon Icing
1 cup of powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
Water as needed
Combine the powdered sugar and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Whisk till very well combined. Slowly add water while stirring until the icing is the consistency of children's glue.