Paleo Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Butternut Squash Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Butternut Squash Muffins

I love muffins so I’m always looking for a good Paleo muffin These muffins are so soft and moist. I have played with the amount of pumpkin and butternut squash between a cup and 1 1/2 cups. I feel like sometimes they are more moist than expected so they may come out more dense. Feel free to play with this recipe and add more flour if needed. I also use the Enjoy Life Chocolate chips. They are vegan, and Paleo friendly!!!! And by far the best chocolate I have eaten.

½ to ¾ cup butternut squash puree

(I roast my butternut squash & pumpkin first, in theoven on broil for 5-10 minutes.  I coatthem in ¼ cup coconut oil and ¼ to 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey. I feel like itbrings out the flavors of the squashes more. You can also just steam them inthe microwave for 5 minutes or less, before you puree in a food processor.  I also do this with my emulsion stick blenderin a pinch.

4 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey (in addition to theamount you used to roast; if you did not roast add 1/3 cup of syrup)

1 ½ cup tapioca flour (or rice flour if you are not strictpaleo)

1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin spice

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup Chocolate Chips (Use more or less to your liking! I usually add 1 1/2 cups because I love chocolate!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda,baking powder, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg.)

Line a muffin tin with muffin cups or use coconut oil tocoat the tin if you are not using muffin papers.

Next mix the pureed pumpkin & butternut squash with thesyrup or honey.  You can use a mixer forthis I typically fold my ingredients in with a spatula.

Using an electric mixer, slowly mix dry ingredients.  If you go fast you will have a powder mess everywhere.

Fill the muffin tins each with about 2/3 to ¾ full.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, take a tooth pick or knife to thecenter.  If it comes out clean they aredone!

Cool on a wire rack 5-10 minutes and serve!

I use to love the weight watcher pumpkin muffins.  The ones you would use a can of pumpkin pureeand a spice cake mix.  They were alwaysso moist and delicious.  I am trying torecreate those muffins, but paleo friendly.

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