The sweet, warm, almost smoky flavor of molasses is softened with pumpkin pie spice wrapped in these Mini Pumpkin Molasses Muffins. They are perfectly addicting and snackable in the mini size.
Why Muffins are a Great Kid Food
We have a lot of muffin recipes on our site! In fact, a majority of our traffic comes from healthier muffin recipe searches. We love that muffins are so popular! They are a great way for kids to start the day. You can add some essential nutrients they may not be getting in other ways. These pumpkin molasses muffins are a delicious way to kick off the fall harvest.
What is Molasses?
Molasses is simply a product of the sugar cane processing. Once the sugar cane leaves are stripped and boiled down, you are left with a syrupy product called molasses. You may have heard of blackstrap molasses, which is the result of several boilings of the syrup, making the molasses thicker and more concentrated. Many people in the health field like to buy and use this molasses for muffins, because it’s thought to be higher in iron, potassium, magnesium, and other minerals. Molasses is also lower in sugar than other products made from sugar cane which makes it particularly appealing.
These muffins use molasses to give it a rich flavor that you can’t get from any other ingredient. Molasses has been used for centuries to sweeten up baked goods, while maintaining a small amount of antioxidants and nutrients.
What is Molasses Made From?
Molasses is a thick dark syrup that comes from refining sugarcane. The sugar cane is harvested and stripped of leaves and then its juice is extracted, usually by cutting, crushing, or mashing. The third boiling of the juice is where blackstrap molasses is made. It has very little sucrose in it.
Molasses contains significant amounts of vitamin B6 and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese; one tablespoon provides up to 20% of the recommended daily value of each of those nutrients.
How Do You make Pumpkin Molasses Muffins?
This muffin recipe begins like most other muffin recipes with combining the wet ingredients.
In addition to molasses, brown sugar is used in this recipe, which is the combination of granulated sugar and molasses. In fact, you can make your own brown sugar when you are out of it, by stirring the two together. Try it with your kids sometime! We were surprised at how easy this was.
We also added some nuts and pumpkin to these molasses muffins for fiber, protein, and vitamin A.
Next mix the dry ingredients and then gently fold together just until combined. Bake as directed.
Let us know if you try these pumpkin molasses muffins with your kids and how they liked it!
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Mini Molasses Pumpkin Muffins
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup pumpkin, canned
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 1/2 cup flour, whole wheat
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray or add liners.
- Beat on medium speed, the coconut oil and sugar. Add egg, beat. Add pumpkin, beat. Then add molasses, beat until combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, spice, baking soda and salt. Gradually add this to the wet ingredients, beating after each addition, but do not overmix.
- Spoon even amount of mixture into each mini muffin cup, sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from muffin tin and allow to cool before serving. Makes 24 mini muffins.