Everyone loves pumpkin. As do I. Pumpkin muffins, pancakes, pie, etc.
Though, I still remember tasting plain canned pumpkin for the first time, and feeling very let down, because it didn’t taste ANYTHING like Mom’s pumpkin pie. I was even further disappointed to realize that all of the amazing pumpkin things I’d grown to love, consisted mostly of sugar! I’ve since learned to love the flavor of pumpkin with a little less sweetness…but that’s beside the point.
The point is…Butternut Squash!
I LOVE butternut squash. One day I thought, “Wait a minute. Butternut squash is actually much sweeter than pumpkin, so why does everyone run to pumpkin for their fall desserts and treats, with no thought for this other amazing squash?”
So for over a year, I have been planning to experiment with making a butternut squash muffin. Well, the day finally came! A couple of weeks ago, I roasted a butternut squash, and got down to business. The goal was to use a minimal amount of sweetener, make them grain-free, and add a hint of fall. Since cranberries are in season, I threw in a few of those as well.
The result is this moist, Paleo muffin, with no dairy, grains, nuts, or sugar. Filled with juicy, tart cranberries. The butternut squash was sweet enough, that I only added a bit of date paste, and stevia extract, keeping them low-glycemic.
These moist muffins are perfect to have with breakfast, or as a lightly-sweetened fall treat. And I can tell you from experience, that they taste great after a strength training session. 🙂
You can easily turn them into dessert by adding a little bit of raw honey on top, or even doubling the amount of date paste and stevia.
So step away from the pumpkin (if only for a moment), and try these delicious Butternut Squash Muffins!
The batter will be very thick.
For smooth muffin tops, you’ll want to shape them with a spoon before baking, since the batter doesn’t smooth out on its own. Obviously, I didn’t care too much about my muffin tops. 😉
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