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Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins

Yep, you read that right! I’ve made pumpkin muffins and sweet potato muffins before… today it was time to try butternut squash :)

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They were a huge success, if I do say so myself!

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I basically combined a few of my favorite muffins recipes on the blog based on the ingredients I had on hand. As always with my muffins recipes, these come with no butter, no oil, and no sugar coma! And they’re whole wheat to boot :) (Be sure to use whole wheat PASTRY flour vs. regular whole wheat flour — huge difference!)

Here’s what I came up with!

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Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins

Ingredients:

(makes 12 muffins)

Dry:

  • 1.5 C whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 C cane sugar
  • 1/3 C finely ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Wet:

  • 1 C pureed butternut squash (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 C raisins (or chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 C skim milk
  • 2 small very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350.

1) In two separate bowls, mix dry, then wet, and then combine, adding wet to dry and stirring gently until the mixture is uniform-ish.

2) Spoon the mixture into a non-stick (or sprayed with PAM) muffin tray. Don’t forget to sprinkle some raw oats on top to make ‘em look pretty!

3) Pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes. Fork check to make sure they are done.

Enjoy! :)

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My friends Lauren and Stephanie came over yesterday so we could work on our Biostats homework together (and enjoy my new couch — YAY!!). They gave the muffins two big thumbs up :)

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Heh. Make these muffins immediately, you won’t regret it :)

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I’m super excited because tonight I’m driving up to DC! My birthday (the big 2-8, gah!) is on Tuesday and Matt will be out of town (but not leaving from DC til Saturday morning), so I figured it would be fun to head up there to see everyone for the weekend! I can’t wait for:

  • Lunch with my grandmother on Friday
  • An early birthday dinner with Matt and my mom on Friday
  • A hike in gorgeous fall weather (hopefully) on Saturday
  • Birthday dinner and drinks with the girls on Saturday
  • Running on my very favorite trail! I miss it so :)

Have a great day, friends! Catch you later from the nation’s capital! :)

Comments

  1. 1

    That sounds like a fantastic (early) birthday weekend. Have fun! :)

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    I have all the ingredients for these!!

    And I’m slightly envious of your weekend – how fun!

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    Yay for visits back to DC! Happy early birthday – hope you have a great weekend!! :D

  4. 4

    You always have the COOLEST recipes!!! And have an amazing weekend!!! make it a birthday WEEK!

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    Hi Anne! Happy Early Birthday! Mine’s actually today… September babies are definitely the best! Have a wonderful birthday weekend!

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    28 is still a baby. You look great HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY

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    I’ll be in DC on Friday night with Emily!

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    Delicious looking muffins! Love the idea of using butternut squash…perfect for fall!

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    Happy early birthday! Another fannetastic recipe that I can’t wait to try! I haven’t seen canned squash but I’ll have to pay attention for it!

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    Oh. my. gosh. these look SOOO good! I need to make them ASAP. The perfect fall treat!

    I’m driving to DC this weekend too! I think I’m going for a running tour of the city on Saturday morning if you care to join, but it looks like you’re busy!! :) (not that I haven’t seen it before, but it’s always fun to see it again)

    Happy early birthday!

  11. 13

    These look great–I love all the fall recipes. Have a safe trip to DC!

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    And my birthday is Monday! Happy (early) Birthday!

  13. 15

    Have a great weekend! These muffins look delicious.

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    Amazing recipe, as always. Have a great time in DC!

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    Happy early birthday! Have a great trip!

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    Those look awesome.
    And what a fun birthday weekend you have ahead of you! Safe travels !

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    Hey these look great. I just have a question- do you think I could use stevia instead of sugar? (I’m a poor college student and trying to use only ingredients I have on hand to make things).

    Thanks

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    Have a great Bday weekend! :)

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    I’ve made the “regular” vs “Pastry” mistake so many times, haha. Must. Learn!

    So jealous of your roadtrip to DC!! I’d love to come hop on that trail with you! Enjoy the weekend birthday girl :)

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    Spiced butter nut squash?!?! Must try. I stole your idea of using oats to top breads and muffins because it makes them look so pretty.

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    oooh talk about tasty!!!!

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    Ooh, I have a can of butternut squash puree that I don’t know what to do with. Perfect.

    Happy early b-day!

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    Jen Robinson says:

    What is the difference in pastry vs. regular flour? And how does it affect the outcome of the recipe?

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      Whole wheat pastry flour makes for a much lighter, fluffier muffin/bread. If you sub it out for regular whole wheat flour in my recipes, you will end up with a very dense, heavy, gummy muffin. Boo!

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        Jen Robinson says:

        That MIGHT explain the disaster that was my first attempt at your banana muffins… haha! i may need to invest in pastry flour… Do you know why, like scientifically/chemically, it makes a difference?

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          Lol Jenny!!! That would absolutely be why they were a disaster. I’m not sure why scientifically… don’t ask me questions like that until I’m done with school :) My guess would just be that it’s a much denser, heavier flour though!

  24. 30

    Those muffins look delicious! Just found you playing Foodbuzz food project roulette – so many food blogs, not enough time! :D

    Have a great lunch with your grandma!

  25. 31

    those are preetttyyyy… i have all the ingredients and i might make them this weekend!!! cute blog!!

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    Enjoy what sounds like it will be a great weekend. Hope the weather cooperates for you!

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    Our couches have the same pillows! We’ve had them for almost 3 years and we’re doing a living room make over and the pillows are about to go but the couches have held up well so we’re keeping them.

    Enjoy!

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    I need to add some squash to my muffins! Im such a terrible baker, but if I find easy enough recipes Im willing to give it a go!

  29. 35

    These look awesome. Thanks for sharing them with us. And enjoy the weekend…

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    They sound incredible!

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    i love your muffin recipes! how do you think these would do if i subbed out the egg and instead used a little more banana/squash or even applesauce? i really want to vegan-ize these!

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