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Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Nut Muffins…and a trip to Florida for 2?!


So I tried making steel cut oats in the crock pot this weekend. Apparently, over-sleeping (well, I shouldn’t say over-sleeping because it’s my #1 goal on the weekends to try and sleep in as much as possible) and setting the crock pot to “high” instead of “low” yields some pretty gnarly results. Oops. All I can say is I’m very glad I used a crock pot liner and the burnt mess was minimal to clean up after.

Muffins. They’re so much easier. And classic. And delicious.


When the fine people of Smart Balance approached me about a recipe contest, I couldn’t wait to learn more.

The deal was to come up with an original recipe using at least 1 Smart Balance product (not hard to do considering I buy many Smart Balance products anyways) and to post the recipe to share. While that’s all fine and good, the great news is that the winning recipe wins TWO trips (for 2) to Canyon Ranch in Florida — one trip for me, and one to give away to one of YOU!


Who wouldn’t want round-trip airfare to Miami International Airport (MIA) from anywhere within the U.S, transportation to and from MIA to Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach, two nights in a one-bedroom suite at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach, and a $500 resort credit for spa treatments & dining?!

Hello vacation!


So if you think these muffins sound fabulous perhaps you should 1) try them out for yourself (’tis the season of pumpkin…and chocolate is never out of season!) and 2) head on over the Smart Balance Facebook Page (“like” Smart Balance), click on “Recipe Challenge” and VOTE for these Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Nut Muffins. It’s that simple! (You have to “like” Smart Balance on Facebook in order to vote, so do that first!)

Worst case scenario, a great fall muffin recipe. Best case scenario, we’re heading to Florida!!!!



Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Nut Muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup Smart Balance cooking oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 oz dark (72% cocao) chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped


Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until all ingredients are blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in chopped chocolate and walnuts.

Fill each muffin tin nearly full and bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Yield: 13 muffins.

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 216 calories; 13.5 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 231 mg. sodium; 23.5 g. carbohydrate; 4.0 g. fiber; 1.9 g. protein

Result: Chunks of chocolate, nuts, and subtle pumpkin. These moist muffins are a sure hit and so simple to make. Lots of fiber and healthy fat give these staying power that is healthy enough for a snack, filling enough for a breakfast, and sweet enough for dessert! Enjoy!


This weekend was so relaxing and productive…just what I needed! Ready for the week ahead that thankfully, looks pretty easy breezy! *knock on wood*

Thanks in advance for your vote!

Be well,

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  1. October 1, 2012 / 7:31 am

    mmm… I’m looking forward to the “mizzou saturdays” my friends and I do. Muffins and donuts for everyone! We’ve been too busy so far this football season, but we’re hoping to sneak one in later this month!

  2. Elizabeh H
    October 1, 2012 / 9:58 am

    I can’t find the link to vote on their Facebook page. Can you direct me to it? These muffins look delicious. I’ll have to try them soon.

    • Nicole, RD
      October 1, 2012 / 10:28 am

      I know, I don’t know where it is. BUT, it will be there. I think I get up a little earlier than Smart Balance ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have an email in to them, but I would check back shortly. THANK YOU and I apologize for the confusion!

      • Elizabeth H
        October 1, 2012 / 8:40 pm

        Thanks! I’ll check back soon.

  3. October 1, 2012 / 11:02 am

    I voted for you!! These look amazing. Glad you got some rest this weekend, even if it did ruin your oats! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. October 1, 2012 / 11:48 am

    Don’t give up on steel cut oats in the crock!! It’s the only way I make them… they turn out SO creamy from the long cook time. I make a big batch and keep reheating all week!

  5. October 1, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    Oatmeal mess is one of the messiest messes there is!

  6. Athena R
    October 2, 2012 / 2:35 pm


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