Five-Spice Peanut and Pumpkin Muffins

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Serves 12 muffins | Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 22 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Pumpkins, nuts and spice – it's a taste of fall. Adding peanut butter to muffin batter packs extra protein and helps keeps the muffins moist. This recipe can also make a delicious loaf; simply bake at 350°F (180°C) for an hour, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Ingredients You'll Need


2 tbsp (30 ml) large flake oats

2 tbsp (30 ml) each pumpkin seeds and coarsely chopped peanuts

2 tbsp (30 ml) brown sugar


1 cup (250 ml) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (175 ml) whole wheat flour

1 1/4 cups (300 ml) granulated sugar

1 tbsp (15 ml) baking powder

1 1/2 tsp (7 ml) Chinese five-spice powder

1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt

1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened canned pumpkin

1/2 cup (125 ml) peanut oil or vegetable oil

1/3 cup (75 mL) water

2 eggs

1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla

1/3 cup (75 mL) peanut butter


1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a muffin pan. Combine oats, pumpkin seeds, peanuts and brown sugar in a small bowl, then set aside.

2. In a large bowl, stir flours with sugar, baking powder, five-spice powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk pumpkin with oil, water, eggs and vanilla. Then whisk in peanut butter. Pour onto flour mixture and stir just until combined. Mixture will be quite thick.

3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with topping. Bake for about 22 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

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