I can’t boolieve it’s Halloween already!
Time for a funky, trying to be scary…not so scary…super dense, delish muffin recipe. These Pumpkin Spice Jack-O-Lantern Muffins are a cute replacement or add-on to your carved up big one. Or, if you don’t want to carve up a big one this year, just make these little guys and enjoy that halloween pumpkin-y feeling, and eat it, too.
These turned out better than Jack himself could have hoped for.
Sweetened mostly with dates, and packed with pumpkin-y goodness makes them so dense and so flavourful!
…Density. A must have in a good muffin.
Add in that activated charcoal and turmeric to the cashew icing mix and you can pretty much call them superfood muffs!
Grab some kids, or call out your inner child, along with the squeeze bottles to create some delicious art (that will hopefully turn out spookier than my attempt at scary).
And…. Happy Halloween!
- 2 cups oat flour (blend 2 cups oats into a fine flour in a food processor or blender)
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- 1 can pumpkin pie mix puree
- 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp chia soaked in 6 tbsp water for 5 minutes)
- ¾ cup medjool dates (about 6-8), soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup cashews, pre-soaked for at least 3 hours (or over night for smoother icing)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ cup vanilla almond milk
- 1½ tsp activated charcoal
- 1½ tsp turmeric
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
- Mix together dry ingredients.
- In blender, mix together wet ingredients until smooth.
- Then add the wet to the dry and until combined.
- Spoon about a ¼ cup in each lined (with paper muffin cups or re-usable silicone ones) muffin tin.
- Bake for 22 minutes.
- Make the icing: In a small food processor, or blender, blend all pre-soaked cashews, almond milk and maple syrup until smooth (you will have to scape down the sides and leave it running for a few minutes).
- Take out a ¼ of the cashew icing and set aside. Add the turmeric to the icing in the blender and blend until combined.
- Spread this orange icing over the top of the muffins.
- Then, add the white icing back into the blender with the activated charcoal. Blend until smooth.
- Scoop this black icing into a squeeze bottle or a ziplock with a tiny hole cut in the corner, and create your jack-o-lantern art!
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