Every now and then, you’ll see me drop a sweet treat recipe. I will admit, I am not the biggest sweet tooth (not these days, at least), but I’ll bake because it’s very relaxing and I still believe that if you want something sweet- make it yourself. At least you know what’s going into it. Consume sweet treats in moderation.

These pumpkin muffins are AMAZING- I really mean it. This is a low-complex, non-intimidating recipe, so give it a try 🙂 And please, make your own pumpkin puree. There’s no reason to buy the imported canned pumpkin puree when you can make it for a fraction of the cost!

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Jamaican Mixed Spices for baking*
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons black strap molasses
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup add-ons of your choice (ex: raisins, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, etc etc)

The process:

  • Start by making your pumpkin puree first. You’ll need about 14oz/400gr of pumpkin- peeled and diced- to fit in 1 cup, once mashed. Boil the pumpkin and let it sit for a bit (for all the water to drain out). Then mash the pumpkin with a fork, into a puree. You can do this the day before to save time. If you end up with leftovers, then just eat it 😀


  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C
  • In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin puree + oil + molasses + water. Mix all ingredients WELL.
  • Then add the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, mixed spices and salt. Mix to form a smooth batter.
  • As a last step, add the add-ons and mix your batter one last time.
  • Line your muffin moulds, transfer the batter & bake for 25-30 minutes. The batter may feel very “sticky” but fret not- this is TOTALLY normal! It will be easier if you use a spoon to distribute the batter to your moulds.
  • You can also make this into a rectangular baking pan if you’d like- the cooking time may be 40-50 mins instead. Always check with a sharp knife to see if your baked good is cooked! If you poke the knife into the middle of the item and it comes out DRY- that means it is ready 🙂


 * Jamaican Mixed Spices for Baking: this is a BEAUTIFUL combination of Jamaican Pimento, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Anise Powder and Orange Peel. You can find it under the Island Spice brand.

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