Okay, I have two pretty neat and equally exciting things to share today. Number one, we have over 500 likes on Facebook! Must be all those Alaskan pics. Cool beans, huh? Sometimes it's fun to get excited about such little things. Number two, Swiftype is finally working again! Hurray! Swiftype populates the search bar, which I love. So if you type in "muffins" it will population a list of all my muffin recipes. Or if you type in "spinach" it will populate a list of all my recipes including spinach! I was driven utterly bonkers while it wasn't working. So, anyways, both are...preh-tee, preh-tee, preh-TEE exciting.  Happy New Years! I must confess; New Years is my absolute least favorite holiday. Truly, it's the worst. What do I hate more than rambunctious parties? Fireworks. I'm like a dog in that regard, I suppose. Bailey hates them as well. We have to make him a bomb shelter in tub. Plus, staying up until midnight!? Not for this ol' gal. Yes, I'm the The Grinch Whole Stole...New Years. This is not to dispute the fact that I did, however, have a lovely New Years eve.

Todd and I went to a low-key, sit-around-table and talk with the lights low while soft music plays in the background type of party. There may have been vegan spring rolls and oreos and vegan caramel corn involved. I would like to take a moment to thank that special person in my life who made all that possible! Thank you! And I didn't even have to drink or stay up until midnight, either. Man, what a party pooper! We were the youngest there and the first to leave. In bed by 11:30pm, it was all pretty pathetic of us to be honest. Two childless, mid-twenty somethings should definitely be able to do better than that. I'll put it on the list of New Years resolutions. Just kidding...I don't do those...

Any who, to this geriatric little shindig, I brought some fabulous pumpkin muffins! I whipped them right up after work, all in a snap and let me tell you , they are absolutely one of the best muffins I've ever had, truly. 

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These guys are so incredibly soft and borderline gooey. They almost melt in your mouth! You may think they need a little more time in the oven, but they're supposed to be very moist. With just a whisper of rum, and deliciously spiced these fluffy, sweet muffins are kindred to a perfect pumpkin pie and will be a total hit at any party.

Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin Muffins

Makes 12

  • Dry:
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1 cup vegan sugar (I like Zulka)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • Wet:
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cartoned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. spiced dark rum (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. 

Produce On Parade - Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin MuffinsIn a medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Do you adore my sweet little measuring spoons? I love them!

Produce On Parade - Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin MuffinsPreheat the oven to 400 F and coat a regular muffin pan with a nonstick cooking spray. 

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. I got The Flavor Bible for Christmas and pretty much died on the spot. 

Produce On Parade - Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin MuffinsDivide batter evenly in the muffin pan and bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes. The edges should begin brown slightly and the top of the muffin should bounce back when gently poked with a finger.

Produce On Parade - Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin Muffins Produce On Parade - Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin MuffinsAllow to cool for a few minutes in the pan, before popping them out. My god! Look how gooey and soft!

Produce On Parade - Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin Muffins Produce On Parade - Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin MuffinsI couldn't of pulled it off without my kitchen helpers. Okay, that's not true, they are mostly a hindrance. Like furry, oddly-shaped movable rugs that are constantly tripping me and trying to snatch things off the table when my head's turned. Not pictured: Todd.

Produce On Parade - Rum Spiced Soft Pumpkin Muffins

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[yumprint-recipe id='58']Inspired by IsaChandra