I have a few pumpkins stored for the winter; and by stored I mean that they are still sitting in the corner by the front door where they once served as autumn decorations. But this spot is relatively cold and is as good a place as any to store a pumpkin. With the warm winter we’ve had, the garage hasn’t been an option this year.
Last week I noticed that one wasn’t going to make it through the rest of the winter so it was time to roast it up. With lots of pumpkin in the freezer already I thought I’d better go ahead and use this batch.
I get tired of standard muffin flavors, even pumpkin, so I added some black sesame seeds that were leftover from the Whole Wheat Black Sesame Cookies. Not a bad combination, this pumpkin and black sesame. I can see it paring up again sometime in the future.
These muffins use virgin coconut oil, whole wheat pastry flour and raw sugar. Other ingredients such as butter and unbleached AP flour, or even a non-dairy milk, can be substituted if that is how you roll.
Pumpkin Black Sesame Seed Muffins
¾ cup milk, room temperature
¼ cup cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil, melted
½ cup raw sugar
1 egg 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp black sesame seeds, plus more for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a 12-muffin tin with some coconut oil.
In a bowl, mix together the milk and coconut oil. Next whisk in the sugar, and the egg until blended. Add in the pumpkin and vanilla.
Add the baking powder and salt, and gently fold in the flour just until barely blended. Add the sesame seeds, continue to fold just until all ingredients are combined.
Distribute batter into the 12 muffin tins. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with more sesame seeds. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 5 – 7 minutes, remove from muffin tin and serve or store in an airtight container. Makes 12 muffins.
Lori Rice is a freelance writer, recipe developer, food photographer and nutritional scientist. Fake Food Free is a creative outlet that allows her to connect with people from around the world who share a love of travel, food culture and cooking.