Winter Squash Muffins

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Puréed Glazed Acorn Squash Moons and olive oil add hearty depth and moisture to our spin on pumpkin muffins. Although feel free to sub in any cooked squash you have on hand, or even canned pumpkin (just add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the wet ingredients). This recipe also works baked as a loaf (see note below.) 

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup rolled oats (aka old-fashioned oats)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 recipe Glazed Acorn Squash Moons
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 packed cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.

Combine flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

Scoop flesh from acorn squash moons into a blender or food processor (discard the skins) and purée. Measure out ¾ cup for this recipe, and reserve the rest for another use. (You’ll have about ½ cup purée left over. You can add it to smoothies, stir it into oatmeal, or add it to chili or soup.)

Whisk together puréed squash, sugars, oil and eggs in a medium bowl. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring with a spoon just until combined. (Don’t over mix or your muffins will turn out tough.) Gently fold in nuts and cranberries. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in muffin tin, and then turn muffins out, and cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 12

NOTE: To bake as a loaf: Scrape the batter into a greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove loaf from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack.