These ricotta cheese and pumpkin seed muffins taste so great, kids ask for seconds. Serve them as an after-school snack or as a hearty brunch muffin. Great use for those pumpkin seeds after carving jack-o'-lanterns! Add your choice of spices

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
17
Yield:
17 muffins
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Ingredients

17
Original recipe yields 17 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Core, peel, and dice apple. Place in a small bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar as if making apple pie. Set 'pie apples' aside until juice begins to run, 15 to 30 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, place pumpkin seeds in a coffee bean grinder and grind to a fine pulp. Place almonds in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin to desired size, making chunks as large or small as you wish.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 17 muffin tin cups with paper wrappers.

  • Mix together yogurt, ricotta cheese, pureed pumpkin, 1/2 cup of pie apples, applesauce, and egg in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in 1 cup sugar.

  • Mix together flour, wheat germ, wheat bran, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir in ground pumpkin seeds and smashed almonds; the batter will be very thick and stiff. Fill cupcake wrappers just to the top with batter; do not mound.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Cook's Notes:

You can use pureed squash instead of pureed pumpkin. And if you'd like, you can substitute more squash puree or applesauce for the pie apples.
1/2 c pureed squash or pumpkin
1 t cinnamon, nutmeg or ground cloves (to taste)

Plain yogurt can be substituted for vanilla yogurt.

Either purchase pumpkin seeds or save them after carving pumpkins.

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; protein 6.5g; carbohydrates 29.6g; fat 5.7g; cholesterol 14.6mg; sodium 162.3mg. Full Nutrition
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