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Monday, October 22, 2012

butternut squash + almond muffins with toasted walnuts

butternut squash muffins

my beloved & i are in the south right now, ensconced in the warm arms of family. a much needed respite from urban living, we're enjoying a slower pace, strolling among tall, golden ginkgos, and looking up at skies so blue it looks fake. our hearts beat with content, our steps much lighter, we read books and conversation flows easily, while a cool breeze swirls around us.

this is my contribution for this week's the food matters project, hosted by Erin of the Goodness Life.

butternut squash + almond muffins topped with toasted walnuts
slightly adapted from Roost
makes 12 muffins

2 cups almond flour (not meal)
healthy pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
healthy dash of cinnamon
2 eggs
1/4 - 1/3 cup honey, depending on how sweet you want it
1 cup of pureed roasted (cooked) butternut squash
walnuts, rough chopped

preheat oven to 350F
in a bowl mix all the ingredients (save the walnuts for garnish/topping)
scoop mixture into muffin molds
top with chopped walnuts

bake for 30 minutes

these beauties are super moist, store in covered in fridge. best slightly warmed with a cup of coffee

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful muffins, I'm loving the butternut squash and almond flour!

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    1. thanks Laura. i think almond flour keeps it from going too heavy and the butternut squash provides such lovely sweetness.

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  2. I want to reach in and tear into your muffins in the worst way---the tops are just gliiiistening!

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    1. these were just small enough that when you bite into them, you get the crunchy tops and the slightly bland bottoms, perfect combination!

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  3. Hope you have a restful and restorative trip, friend! xox

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    1. thank you dearly, it was definitely a lovely visit!

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  4. they look so good ! I love walnuts :)

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  5. Warm weather and family and homemade muffins. It doesn't get much better than that. I love the beautifully deep rich colour of these little gems!

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    1. it started out a cold weekend but definitely warmed up, making for an even wonderful-er time spent with family + friends.

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  6. I literally, just yesterday, looked up at the perfect bright blue sky and said to Tim, can you believe no one painted that? It's almost too blue! Love the way you described that here. Have a wonderful rest!

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    1. you are so right, sometimes it's amazing to just look up and see what the sky has to offer and even if it's just endless blue, it's still awe-inspiring.

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  7. Lan, your photos are amazing and those muffins sound so good.

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  8. Those look awesome. I made sweet potato muffins a few weeks ago and they hit the spot - must be something about orange pastries in October. Have a restful vacation!

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    1. i think it's part orange-y pastries in October AND something to do with it being so warm & cozy & autumny.

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  9. Oh, wandering amongst the trees sounds so nice! I'll be getting out into the forest this weekend for sure. Love the sound of these muffins... I tried some pumpkin muffins a couple weeks ago that didn't work at all, so I'm just about ready to try again with another squash :)

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    1. autumn does that to us all, make us want to be outdoors and then rush indoors to bake! it's perfect.

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  10. These muffins look fantastic - love the fall flavors!

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  11. I am drinking my morning coffee right now, and could totally go for one of these muffins. They look so moist and the tops are so glazey! This recipe screams autumn.

    Enjoy your time in the south! I grew up there and miss parts of it from time to time, although I am a solid New Englander now.

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    1. i had the last one yesterday, a week after i made them, and they were still super moist, without it being mushy.

      thank you, it was a lovely visit to KY, not really south since it's just below the mason dixon. it had all the charm of the deep south but still urban enough that i wasn't like a fish out of water.

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  12. I've never had butternut squash in muffins. Such a wonderful autumn flavor and I'd love to have these muffins on weekend morning... with coffee and nice relaxing time... very dreamy!

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  13. I had just been wishing for a good, autumnal muffin recipe! THANK YOU! these sounds so good. I really need to eat better -- more healthfully, more meals a day -- this sounds like a pretty perfect swap for my usual "second breakfast" of Ritz crackers and a cheese stick... much more nutritious (and delicious!).

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