Pumpkin Pomegranate Muffins Recipe

by DanicasDaily on September 25, 2011

This recipe screams FALL and SUPER FOODS to me!  It includes not 1, but, 3 Super Foods ~ Pumpkin, Walnuts and Pomegranates.  I am IN LOVE with PUMPKIN everything this time of year so I knew I needed to create another recipe to include it.  POMEGRANATES always remind me of when I was little and could sit for hours eating seed after seed.  WALNUTS ~ well, honestly, shouldn’t every bread include them?!

Awhile back, I had a random thought of how I could mix all of these together to make some fantabulous creation.  The result was these muffins that seriously blew my mind with uniqueness ~ sweet, sour, crunchy and just plain good!

Pumpkin Pomegranate Muffins (print this recipe here)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white or oat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup chopped dry roasted walnuts (roasting them 1st will intensify their flavor)
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 4 egg whites and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 4 oz POM 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 Pomegranate, seeded

* You could probably add 1/4 cup ground flax seed to these as well for an even bigger nutritional boost!

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a muffin pan with nonstick spray or muffin liners.

2.  Stir dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.

3.  Whip egg whites until stiff white peaks form in a separate bowl.

4.  In another bowl, combine pumpkin, agave, vanilla extract, egg yolk, POM juice, and oil.  Fold in egg whites just until blend.

5.  Mix dry and wet ingredients just until blended.  Add pomegranate seeds and mix until combined.  Do not over mix.  Fill Muffin Cups about 3/4 full and bake for about 20 minutes or until they are browned and bounce pack when touched.

6.  Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks for 5 minutes.  Remove from muffin pan and allow to cool entirely on the wire rack.

Makes 12 muffins, 4 points+ each

Nutritional information per muffin:

STEP – BY – STEP

De-seeding your Pomegranate is super easy.  I followed Elise’s Method for How to Cut &  Deseed a Pomegranate

Start out with one BIG pomegranate.  I have to admit I LOVED seeing the POM Wonderful sticker on there.  I honestly think that is what made me pick THIS one.

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Cut it in half then break into chunks.  Soak in a bowl of water for 5-10 minutes.  The seeds just fall out when you pull the rind apart.

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Skim the top of your water and drain.  This leaves you with the BEAUTIFUL POM seeds!

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Combine all your dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

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Beat your egg whites until fluffy smiley faces show :)

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Mix pumpkin, agave, vanilla extract, oil and fold in egg whites.

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Add POM Juice.

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Doesn’t the Pumpkin POM combo make the coolest looking colors mixed?

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Combine your wet and dry ingredients.  Add POM seeds.

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Stir just until blended.  I LOVE the color of this batter too.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until browned and springy.

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Cool and enjoy!  Pumpkin + Spices + Pomegranate + Walnuts = LOVE!

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I LOVE the crunchy sweetness of the POM seeds and toasty walnuts with the spicy pumpkin ~ absolutely DELISH! I think adding Homemade Healthy Pumpkin Butter to these would definitely put them Over The Top!  MMMMM….I need to go make some more now!

I had to bring this recipe back from the archives to share with you all tonight since I am off getting ready for the new job that starts tomorrow.  I am SO EXCITED and NERVOUS like a little kid going back to school.  I am off to go figure out what to wear tomorrow for my first day lol :D  I will be back tomorrow with all the details.

Night all!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Olga October 16, 2009 at 7:15 am

These look fantastic! And I never knew that all you have to do is soak the pom for its seeds to come out. Thanks for the tip!

2 Anne K. October 16, 2009 at 7:34 am

Those muffins look gorgeous! I need to pick up a pomegranate soon :)

3 Ang October 16, 2009 at 7:35 am

I will definately be making these! I can’t wait til my area starts getting Pomegranates again! YUM!

4 Tay October 16, 2009 at 7:48 am

Wow how creative and delicious sounding! I love the look of the pomegranates on top :-)

5 Lindsay October 16, 2009 at 7:55 am

Those look so good! I love the pretty POM seeds throughout them!

6 RunToTheFinish October 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm

ohh yummmmm. My fam would lolve these over the holidays

7 Jess October 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

These sound FANTASTIC!!
<3 jess
xoxo

8 Alicia October 19, 2009 at 10:40 am

YUM! Do you know the nutritionals for these? They look awesome!

9 Lisa October 28, 2010 at 7:10 am

Wanted to make the Pumpkin Pomegranate Muffins but need to know….”1/4 agave nectar”and “1/4 ground flax seed”. Is that cup…tablespoon…teaspoon? Thanks for help.

10 DanicasDaily November 1, 2010 at 11:04 am

Hi Lisa,

Wow, I cannot believe I left that part off. I will definitely have to fix it…thanks for letting me know. It would be 1/4 cup of each.

Danica

11 Ann September 26, 2011 at 6:34 am

Good luck with the new job today!!

12 Marcia September 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

First thing on the new job: Where’s the bathroom and where do I put my purse???Enjoy new beginnings.

13 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

Walnuts so need to be in every bread! These look fabulous!!

Hope your new job goes well!!

14 suki September 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

Oooh, looks delish. I would definitely give that a try, without the walnuts though. Maybe another nut? :) Good luck with the new job! Hope your day goes off without a hitch!

15 Darlene from Nova Scotia, Canada September 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Hope your first day on the new job goes wonderful. These muffins look terrific and so colorful. Can’t wait to try them once pomegranates are available here – hopefully soon. I too love pumpkin anything. Made your spiced pumpkin muffins with the greek yogurt pumpkin topping yesterday. Delicious. Love your site and all the wonderful recipes. Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

Darlene

16 Cait Titus September 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

love love LOOOOVVVING this recipe!!

17 Gail H. September 27, 2011 at 3:23 am

OMG how did I miss this one! Must be the jet lag still getting me :) I am sooo making these this week-end! Thanks Danica for another great one…and again, so happy for you on your new job!!

18 Gail H. September 27, 2011 at 3:25 am

Forgot to ask: think I can use almond meal/flour for the 1/2 c. of white/oat?

19 DanicasDaily October 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Hi Gail,

Absolutely. Have you ever made oat flour? It’s the easiest flour you will ever make. Place oatmeal in your blender or food processor and blend it until it is a flour like texture. Tadaahhh! Hope your muffins turned out good. I will be getting back into the kitchen and posting regularly again soon. I think I am finally starting to get my new routine down and get caught up (sorry for the delay in responding to your question.)

Danica

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