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Oat Flour Pumpkin Muffins with Cranberries and Chocolate Chips

Delicious and healthy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips! So good and wheat free and refined sugar free. Great way to start your morning.

I love all things pumpkin. Well, except for pumpkin pie. But everything else, bring it on!

I have a Pinterest board all things pumpkin that I occasionally like to drool over. There are even some healthy recipes on it. For the most part, though, when pumpkin recipes come along they are loaded with sugar and not exactly health food. Those are good for desserts or a special occasion breakfast, but day to day, I hate to admit it, they probably shouldn’t be a part of my diet. (So sad.)

In an effort to get pumpkin into my day (and have a make ahead meal for breakfast) I put together these yummy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips.

That’s right, there’s no wheat in them at all and they have unrefined sweeteners (and not too much of it). I suppose, if you really wanted to, you could leave out the chocolate chips (or cranberries if you are my daughter. She thinks she doesn’t like them. Good thing my boy will eat them for her.) and they’ll be even healthier. Do so at your own risk. The chocolate is a yummy addition.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup cranberries, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 for a dark coated pan)
  2. Combine oat flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices in a small bowls
  3. In another bowl combine pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, oil, honey, coconut sugar, and milk. Mix well until smooth.
  4. Gently stir oat mixture into the wet ingredients.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and cranberries.
  6. Put batter into 12 greased muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes.
Notes
- I make my own oat flour using old fashioned rolled oats and blend them in the blender until a powder.
- If you omit the chocolate chips, increase sweeteners.
- I cut the amount of both sweeteners in half when making for our family!
- Can use 2½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice instead of the spices.

 

Delicious and healthy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips! So good and wheat free and refined sugar free. Great way to start your morning.
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Cinnamon Breadsticks

 

Easy, gooey, and delicious cinnamon breadsticks! | Mmmm. These are just as good as the ones from the pizza buffet I loved growing up.

Cinnamon breadsticks. So good and easy I don’t know why I’ve never made them before. Every time (don’t worry, it wasn’t too often) we went out to a pizza buffet restaurant growing up they were one of my favorites and I ate entirely too many of them.

I recently recreated this recipes and you can go over to The Best Blog Recipes for the post. I want to try making them again using whole wheat flour and sucanat or coconut sugar on the top.

We are in the middle of a month of being wheat free. I’m surprised it hasn’t been harder because I LOVE good homemade bread. Probably the worst times is putting together these recipes that I made before we began. They make me hungry. This is one of those. Looking at the picture of these things is torture. You’ll have to make them and enjoy them for me.

Recently (well, over a month ago now) I decided I needed to try making Cinnamon Breadsticks myself. Surely it’s not that hard. I already had a killer dough recipe from my garlic breadsticks to start with. I’d just need to switch up the topping and change how I formed the dough a bit. We had a friend over for dinner – always the best way to test our new recipes. They were a home run! The adults enjoyed them as much as the three year old. Or almost as much. We had to cut my daughter off. She kept wanting more.

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Homemade Pizza Crust

Almost every Friday night, you’ll find an oven blazing with a round baking stone heating up inside. Homemade pizzas were made weekly when I was growing up and we’ve continued the tradition.

Last week I shared some ways to make homemade pizza frugally so that even if you are on a budget you’ll still be able to enjoy pizza night and my sauce recipe is here. Today I have my crust recipe and baking instructions for you!

Homemade Pizza Crust | We love this recipe and there are my top tips for a great homemade pizza!

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My number one tip for a successful homemade pizza: A baking stone! We have a 15 inch round stone from Pampered Chef. It has become well seasoned over the years and is well worth the investment. 

My second tip: Don’t roll all of the air bubbles out of the dough. I use a combination of stretching, tossing, and rolling. I like to use my mini pizza and pastry roller (one similar to this).

My third tip: Preheat the oven and the stone. Give it longer than when your oven says it’s ready. You want the stone good and hot.

My fourth tip: Use a high temperature. I turn the oven to 475 degrees.

I know crust thickness is somewhat a personal preference. This crust recipe fits a 15 inch stone. If you like super thin and crispy, cut the flour back to 2 cups. If you like your crust thicker, increase it to 2 3/4 cups. Don’t forget, this means the water amounts will change as well. Gradually add the water to the flour until you come up with the right dough consistency. The first time you make this, it will be a little bit of a guessing game. Simply tweak it the next time to your family’s preference.

I prefer to let this dough rise for several hours but when I’ve been in a rush I’ve made and used it after a short 15-30 minute resting period and it was still good.

We’ve also used part whole wheat flour and all whole wheat flour. This will change the texture slightly and you’ll end up using more water.

Homemade Pizza Crust
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
Instructions
Dough
  1. Place flour in mixer bowl.
  2. Top with salt, sugar, and yeast.
  3. Add water and oil. Should make a soft dough that isn't sticky at all.
  4. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover mixing bowl and let dough rise until at least doubled - a couple of hours. It's okay if it goes longer.
Preheat
  1. Thirty to sixty minutes before you are going to bake your pizza, preheat the oven and stone to 475 degrees.
Rolling the Dough
  1. Gently put the dough on a lightly floured surface.
  2. Next roll, stretch, and toss your dough into a 15 inch circle. When rolling, do it gently so not to deflate all of the air bubbles. I prefer to use my mini roller.
Topping
  1. Remove the stone from the oven and carefully carry and place the crust onto it.
  2. Spread with sauce of choice.
  3. Top with meats, vegetables, and cheese.
Bake
  1. Bake for 8-15 minutes.
  2. Cut and serve

 

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Naan

Easy and delicious naan. One of my favorite breads. You can make it in on the grill or a skillet.

Here it is after being cooked on the grill.

I love breads. Naan might top the list for me. This stuff is good. I’ve been known on multiple occasion to go to an Indian restaurant and only order naan. On vacation one year, I saw in Indian option in a mall food court. Of course, I had to order naan. I don’t think the poor man could handle the thought of us sitting there eating plain naan and sent out a bowl of chicken curry as well.

Easy and delicious naan. One of my favorite breads. You can make it in on the grill or a skillet.

This is when it’s cooked in a skillet.

My naan isn’t going to be completely authentic (no tandoor oven in my house), but we enjoy it just the same! If you’ve never tried it, I hope you make this recipe and even stop in an Indian restaurant and give it a try the next time you are near one.

Naan tastes fabulous with my Butter Chicken recipe, as a wrap for a sandwich (I have a recipe next week for an Indian Spicy Chicken Sandwich), or even plain. Use the leftovers to make naan pizza the next night.

You can make this plain or add some garlic and make it even yummier.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Naan
Serves: 16 pieces
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3½ cups flour
  • Optional - 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • 2-4 tablespoons melted butter
Instructions
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit until frothy.
  2. Add milk, baking soda, egg (poke the yoke several times after you add it to the bowl), salt, sugar, and 1 cup of flour.
  3. Add enough of the reminder of the flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.
  4. Cover bowl and let rise until double in size. (Around 1 hour)
  5. If adding garlic, knead into the dough now. (Can also add to just part of the dough)
  6. Divide dough into 16 balls, cover with a towel and allow to double in size. (Around 30 minutes)
  7. Roll each ball into a fairly thin circle.
  8. Preheat grill or skillet (stainless steel or cast iron) to medium high. Make sure it's good and hot.
  9. Before cooking, turn heat to medium low.
  10. To cook, brush one side of naan with butter. Put buttered side down onto grill or skillet. It should bubble up right away. Brush top side with butter. One side will be done in a minute or two.
  11. Watch carefully - you don't want to over cook. When the bottom is golden brown in spots, flip and cook the other side.
  12. When finished, remove and stack on a plate. Cover with a towel to keep warm until all the naan in finished.

 

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Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic breadsticks are amazing! We found this recipe in a magazine that’s no longer in print many years ago and they have become a family favorite. I’ve brought them to serve with supper with friends and they all love them as well.

Garlic Breadsticks that are easy and delicious!

Shape them as thick, thin, short or long as you’d like. It’s a great project to get the kids involved on. My daughter loves rolling snakes and shaping dough anytime we make something with yeast.

In the winter when my house is cool, I always allow for longer raising times or place in a warm location.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Garlic Breadsticks
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup warm water
  • 1¼ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1¼ Tablespoon sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3¼ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • Melted butter or oil
  • Garlic Salt
Instructions
  1. Place flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and olive oil in a bowl (or mixer bowl).
  2. Add the warm water an mix/knead until smooth.
  3. Cover bowl with a towel and raise for 30 minutes.
  4. Shape in to bread sticks.
  5. Raise 30 minutes.
  6. Brush with oil or melted butter.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove and brush with oil or butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and return to oven for 2-5 more minutes.
  9. Taste best straight from the oven.
Notes
Makes around 16

 

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Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Chocolate. It’s hard to go wrong with a recipe that calls for cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Even better when it’s not horrible for you. :-) We don’t eat gluten free but I do try to watch how much wheat we use and these are a yummy treat with no flour. I also don’t need a ton of sweetener in my pastries, so if your family is used to things pretty sweet just up the honey.

This isn’t like a traditional muffin. It is a cross between a muffin and oatmeal but we really like them. Great for breakfast or snack. They probably would even make a tasty dessert served warm with whipped cream on them (especially if you added a few extra chocolate chips). I will even eat them right out of the freezer. But I’m weird like that. :-)

Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal Muffins

 

I don’t like my muffins super big, so I make 12 regular muffins and 12-18 mini muffins. Use the longer baking times if you are making larger muffins.


Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • ¼-1/2 C. honey (or use ½-1 C. sugar)
  • 1 C. milk
  • 2 T. coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 2 eggs (I use one egg and 1 T. chia seed mixed with 3 T. water)
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 3 C. old fashioned oats
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • ¾ t. salt
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • ½ c. chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 (325 if dark coated pans)
  2. Combine honey, milk, fat, eggs, vanilla, and bananas.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Mix in oats, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes for regular muffins or 10-11 minutes for mini muffins.

 

Recipe adapted from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

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