Pumpkin cooking project with kids, Fresh Pumpkin Muffins

Fresh Pumpkin Oat Muffins

“Mommy, can we please cook something today!” Were the first words that came of out my three year old this morning.  “Of course, my dear!” I said ” We still have that pumpkin that we took all the seeds out another day.  Let’s make Pumpkin Muffins!” I have an old recipe that I use every fall and people love it.  It requires fresh shredded pumpkin and oat flour. The muffins come out healthy, clean and delicious.

Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

3 cups shredded fresh pumpkin
2 cups all-purpose flour (1 cup oat flour+ 1 cup all purpose flour)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cups sugar
¾ cup vegetable oil
3 large or 4 small eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Instructions
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

After you cut your pumpkin in halves, take all the seeds out, slice it, like you slice a water melon.  Then, take each slice and peel off the skin with a potato peeler or a knife. Once the skin is off, you shred it with food processor or by hand with a shredded.  You will need about 3 full cups of shredded pumpkin.  If you have a food processor, let your kids shred the pumpkin.  It is so much fun for them to see how you put a big piece in and shredded parts come out.  If you don’t have a food processor, don’t let your kids use a shredder, they might get cut.  Once the pumpkin is ready you can move on to the batter.

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Give your child a medium bowl.  Let them use measuring spoons to measure the correct amount of the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Once all the dry ingredients are in, let your child stir it well together.

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Then, give your child a large bowl.  Let him/her crack the egg, then mix in the sugar, oil, and vanilla.  Then have your child add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix until just combined.  Add the pumpkin and mix everything together. (As you see, I let my three year old do everything herself. I am not saying that I gave her everything and left, no, I supervised her every step, but I let her do it from the beginning to the end.)

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Give you child a large spoon and let him/her scoop the batter into prepared muffin pan.wpid-20141001_101230.jpg

Bake for about 30 minutes.  When the muffins are cooled down, you can take them out and Enjoy them with you Little Chef.

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