Posted by: Clem | October 7, 2008

Pumpkin Muffins: great snack!

High Antioxidant Pumpkin Muffins with Flax or Chia seeds

High Antioxidant Pumpkin Muffins with Flax or Chia seeds

More delicious than the fatty high calorie Costco muffins.  Enjoy them hot out of the oven and keep extra for lunchtime snacks for the kids ( our kids LOVE them! ).  Pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, Beta-Carotene.  Beta-Carotene is one of the plant cartenoids converted to vitamin A in the body.  In the conversion to A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health.  Current studies link diets rich in foods with beta-carotene to reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and protections against heart disease.  Chia seeds can be found at Marlene’s Market in Federal Way or can be replaced with grinded flax seeds.


  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, ground (use a coffee or spice grinder) or replace with ground flax seed.
  • 1 cup whole wheat or whole grain flour
  • 1/2 cup white unbleached flour (O organic Safeway brand)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 16 oz. can organic pumpkin (make sure there is only pumpkin listed on the ingredient list)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup high-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup (or 1/2 agave nectar or a combination of the two)
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.  In a seperate bowl, mix all wet ingredients.

Fold the wet ingredients (fold in nuts now if you are using them) into the dry ingredients and spoon into the dry ingredients and spoon into paper-lined muffin or greased muffin tins.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.  Store completely cooled muffins in a sealable plastic bags in the freezer.  ( I always double the recipe because we always run out )


  1. I had these for the first time at Clem’s pre-boot camp orientation. I’m not a pumpkin fan, but these were great and super moist. QUESTION: what’s the calorie count per serving and what is the serving amount?


    • I calculated these on Weight Watchers recipe builder. For 12 muffins they come out at 3 pts. each. Unfortunately no calorie count for you, sorry.

      • Thanks AMY!! You’re awesome!

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