I’ve done it.
I’ve just made it that much harder for you to find an excuse for avoiding eating more vegetables!
With these pumpkin-pepita power muffins, you get pumpkin (vegetable superstar!), plus whole grains (oats) and pepitas (protein, zinc and iron) in portable, packable, frugal form. of the following with about 5 minutes of effort and 25 minutes of waiting (while they bake):
The results are moist, tender, lightly sweet, crave-able muffins that will leave you feeling both satisfied and energized.
I love using pepitas here, and for all kinds of snacking and baking, for multiple reasons because they are:
*Delicious! Both raw or toasted (you can easily toast, in minutes, on the stovetop, without oil: add to hot skillet, shake pan for 1-3 minutes until they begin to puff, turn golden brown at edges, and smell fragrant)
*Far less expensive than most nuts
*Allergy-friendly for those (like my sister) who have nut allergies, or sensitivities
*Great for kid lunches and snacks if nuts are banned
*High in protein
*All around super-nutritious
Regarding the last point, pepitas, even in small servings, provide a significant amount of zinc and iron. Zinc is an antioxidant mineral that boosts the immune system and, for men, improves fertility and protects against prostate enlargement and cancer. Iron is important for healthy blood cells and energy levels. Their high iron and zinc content make pumpkin seeds a particularly significant food if you follow a mostly (or entirely) plant-based diet.