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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Organic Chef Tom’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins
topped with organic pumpkin seeds.

Organic Chef Tom’s
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Toast up a batch of tasty pumpkin seeds in just 20 minutes! You can toast pumpkin seeds on top of the stove (small amounts) in a fry pan or in the oven with or without a touch of olive oil and seasonings or sea salt. I like to add a light sprinkle of organic shoyu* as soon as they come out of the oven before transferring to the awaiting cooling plate.

Oven Roasting Recipe
1 cups organic pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons olive oil (optional)
1 pinch sea salt or sprinkle of shoyu* (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Gather ingredients, large plate (for cooling toasted seeds) and a large stainless steel cookie sheet for toasting. If using oil and seasonings, mix seeds, oil and seasoning in bowl and spread out evenly onto cookie sheet. If you are not using any oil and want to add shoyu at the end of toasting, just spread seeds evenly on the cookie sheet.

Place in heated oven. You will bake the seeds for 15-20 minutes and stir every 5 minutes. To stir, remove quickly and carefully from the oven, place on top of stove, mix and return to oven. This assures evenly toasted seeds and keeps oven at the optimal toasting temperature.

Once seeds are starting to brown slightly and smell nutty, remove from oven. Transfer to cooling plate, cool and enjoy!

Stove Top Toasting Variation
1 cup organic pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon olive oil(optional)
1 small sprinkle of sea salt, Herbalmare organic seasoning or shoyu.

Place oil in fry pan. Heat up oil on medium heat, add seeds and sea salt or seasoning salt. (If using shoyu, wait until seeds are completely toasted. ) Start toasting seeds, stirring often to toast evenly. Continue to stir for 15-20 on medium to low heat until light brown and nutty aroma. Transfer to cooling plate, cool and enjoy!


Pumpkin Seeds are Good for You!

Pumpkin seeds ~ “pepitas” (little seeds of squash) are native to America and treasured for their nutritional and medicinal properties. These tasty seeds are packed with muscle building protein and contain a healthy helpings of antioxidants and essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. They are rich in energy producing iron and contain high amounts of zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.

Enjoy pumpkin seeds as a snack, toasted and mixed into your organic trail mix, sprinkled on your favorite cereals, salads, grain dishes or add to home made breads, muffins and granola.

Organic Chef Tom’s
Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Makes 18 Muffins

If you love pumpkin or winter squash ~ you
will love Organic Chef Tom’s Spice Muffins!

1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry
cup organic cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
tsp ginger, ground
tsp cloves, ground
tsp nutmeg, ground

cup soymilk
1 Tbsp lemon juice (half of lemon)
cup safflower oil
1 cup pumpkin puree (Farmer’s Market)
    OR ~ butternut squash
cup sweetener (maple or rice syrup, barley malt)

Topping (optional)
Sprinkle with organic raw, hulled pumpkin seeds

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. In large bowl, mix dry ingredients together.

3. In a 4 cup measuring cup or medium bowl, mix wet ingredients together with a whisk, blender or spoon.

4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mix well with a whisk or spoon until well blended.

5. Fill muffin tin lined with unbleached paper baking cups (for easy removal and clean up) or oiled muffin pan filling about three quarters full.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven,
cool and enjoy!


Add cup chopped walnuts or pecans to mixed batter before baking.

Add cup chocolate or carob chips to batter before baking.

Use same recipe to make two 9-inch pumpkin cakes. Add about 5 more minutes to baking time.

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Organic Chef Tom has been cooking natural foods for over 40 years. He has cooked in natural restaurants across the USA including the East West Cookery in New York City, 7th Inn in Boston, The Unicorn in Miami Beach and his own restaurant, The Garden Cookery in Maine. He owns and operates Natural Lifestyle Online Market with his family in Asheville, North Carolina.

Copyright © Organic Chef Tom
Recipes may not be reprinted without permission. Contact Organic Chef Tom

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