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Pumpkin applesauce muffins are a must, because 'tis the season for pumpkins and applesauce and they play so nice together. And because I can grow both of those items here on our homestead. I may have a slight addiction to trying to grow as much as possible when it comes to an ingredient list, you too? Whew, glad I”m not alone.
Pumpkin puree is so easy to make at home. The fastest and easiest way I've ever cooked a pumpkin is in my new favorite homestead kitchen appliance (my pressure canner is plugging its ears right now) is the Instant Pot. Yes, this thing is amazing.
In fact, I will never go with out one. My slow cooker retired to the crafting closet, my rice cooker got kicked to the curb (technically the donation box), and I use this thing at least daily if not multiple times per day… I may ask for a second one for Christmas.
Okay, enough gushing, plop 1 and 1/2 cups of water into your Instant pot, toss the whole pumpkin inside, I knocked off the stem, lock the lid into place, and cook on manual high for 13 minutes. Let it release naturally (aka pressure reduces by cooling off, no quick release).
Dump it onto a plate or into a bowl, it will almost fall apart and you could probably use a butter knife to cut it in half. Let it cool enough so you don't burn your fingers, then scoop out those seeds and innards. Scoop out the lovely cooked pumpkin and toss it into your blender or food processor, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to about 2 cups of chunky pumpkin and blend until smooth.
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Okay, let's get down to baking
1½ cups sugar
¾ cup applesauce
¼ cup melted coconut oil or butter
2 cups cooked pumpkin or 15-ounce canned pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar (I put mine in a mason jar and put the immersion blender to it, voila powdered sugar)
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix eggs, sugar, applesauce, oil, and pumpkin. Beat by hand until light and fluffy (or use an electric mixer).
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add chocolate chips and stir into pumpkin mixture until combined.
Fill prepared muffin tins (makes approximately 24 muffins or 18 muffins and one small loaf) and bake muffins for approximately 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
While muffins are baking, melt butter, combine with maple syrup. Slowly whisk in powdered sugar.
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.