Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze and Bacon Sprinkles

It has been WAY too long since I have posted some of my recipes. First, I graduated college. Second, I had a very busy summer job as a riding instructor/trainer. Third, I got engaged. Fourth, WEDDING PLANNING! And then I got married!! Life has finally settled down and I am ready to blog again. Most importantly, this blog is for my recipes and adventures in baking. However instead of having separate blogs for posts about my dogs and life, it's all going to be posted here in one. So don't be surprised if you see some pictures of my dogs popping up on here :)

Fall is one of my favorite times of year and I always try to bake as many pumpkin flavored things as possible. My hubby (!) is not a huge pumpkin fan so I searched for something that would entice him. Thus, Bacon.  I wasn't so sure about the pumpkin bacon combo but it is oh so delectable. The husband could not get enough. Pretty sure we devoured these the night I baked them!

Now I know Christmas is just around the corner so these would make a great Christmas morning treat! In my family we usually had cinnamon rolls and pigs in a blanket, and sometimes a breakfast casserole. Last year I was able to talk them into letting me make gluten free cinnamon rolls! This year we will be at the in-laws so I'm not sure what we will have Christmas morning. I am definitely excited for new traditions with both of our families. Especially since we now have a niece!!

Before I give you the recipe let me preface it. I have not been using my own flours :( Since living at home I used all my flours up as quickly as possible as it took up a lot of room in my parents fridge. I have a few flours in our new house but don't really have the best containers to keep them in. Also, it's a long drive to Whole Foods! So I've been buying Pamela's Baking mix from Kroger in the big 4 pound bag. It works really well with most of the recipes I've tried, however it does contain xanathan gum. Its definitely more convenient but I miss measuring out my own flours and figuring out the proper ratios! I'm hoping to get some new containers soon and then possibly ordering bulk flours online.

So find your favorite gluten free all purpose flour or make your own and get ready for some delicious salty sweet muffins!!

Pumpkin Muffins

½ cup coconut oil (I use Earth Balance coconut spread)
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups pumpkin puree
1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon baking powder

Beat together.

1 ¾ cups pamela’s baking mix

Add to the liquid mixture and mix until combined. Bake for about 25 min at 350 degrees. 

Maple Glaze and Bacon Sprinkles

1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ cup or so powdered sugar
1 or 2 drops vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Mix in small bowl. Cook a few slices of bacon and chop into small pieces. Spoon glaze over each muffin and sprinkle with bacon bits.

I'm sure you could use bacon bits but I am all about using REAL bacon! I love when the house smells like bacon :) It also brings the hubs into the kitchen!

Try this recipe out and let me know how they come out!! GF recipes can be so finicky at times.