Just call me the Muffin Man

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I must be on an orange and black colored food kick these days, as the recipe I have for you today also evokes those lovely hues. Either that or I’m eagerly anticipating Halloween which apparently is just around the corner. I wonder what awesome costume mi abuela will create for me this year. Not that anything could possibly top my one-of-a-kind taco outfit. That one will go down in the history books. Or at least it will remain legendary to the fine employees at Petsmart where I took home second prize in the Pet Halloween Costume Costume of 2007. (I still think they only gave it to that darn poodle because they felt sorry for her. Who wouldn’t? Being dressed up like Dolly Parton and all. Complete with fake tata’s… poor little perro.)

I’ve also been on somewhat of a baking kick lately, much to the delight of mi papa and the dismay of mi mama. He rather enjoys eating all my wonderful baked creations, while she curses the heat it brings to the kitchen by turning the oven on. What can I say– genius causes discomfort sometimes. The great Desi Arnaz would never have achieved such greatness without stepping on a few toes along the way.

And on that note, I bring you my latest and possibly greatest muffin recipe to date.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 2/1 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

2 eggs, or 1/2 cup egg substitute

15 oz can solid pack pumpkin

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup canola oil

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl.

3) Combine all other ingredients except chocolate chips in another bowl.

4) Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix until just moistened.

5) Add in chocolate chips.

6) Pour into greased muffin cups 2/3 full and bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

7) Allow to cool in pan 5-10 minutes before removing to wire rack.

Top with homemade peanut butter, a pat of Smart Balance or just plain if you wish, and devour. No bib required, well unless you’re mi mama– she spills.

This recipe makes about 20 regular sized muffins, which is good because they go pretty fast, especially with mi papa around. Oh well, at least I know he’s getting in his daily recommended value of Vitamin A from the pumpkin… little nutrition lesson for ya, kids.

 Speaking of nutrition, I must go and brush up on some of my nutrition knowledge. I learn best by osmosis.

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