Hi kids and happy October! These pumpkin sage muffins that I baked just for you absolutely scream fall! (and by that I mean the good parts of autumn…crisp breezes, hints of wood smoke in the air, dazzling tree colors, crunching leaves underfoot. I don’t mean the not-so-good “winter is coming”, gonna be freezing soon, shorter grayer days parts of fall). I’m talking about the fabulous “sweatah weathah” fall. Anywho… Muffins… Savory and sweet with pumpkin, sage and maple flavors, these babies are topped with a mouth-appealing pecan pepita crunch. PLUS, they are totally vegan and feature the pumpkin -the king of the squash! This beautiful gourd, my friends, is not only a fiery symbol of the good parts of fall but it’s insanely great for the body and mind.
Segue to short history lesson:)
The pumpkin is a native fruit of the Americas. Both the flesh and seeds have been enjoyed in both North and South America for over 700 years. Who knew? Pumpkins are loaded with nutrients that benefit vision, aid digestion and prevent some cancers. And forget about the seeds!-they are bonafide mood improvers. (See “Sound Bites” in my post for Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies) Wanna learn more? Click here and here to immerse yourself in some serious pumpkinformation.
Yes, pumpkin muffins are great and all, but I wanted to perk them up them with a savory herb. I thought that sage would be a perfect addition. It has such a wonderful, complex thanksgivingy flavor and definitely adds a little something-something to each bite. You know, the word sage is synonymous with wisdom and that is no coincidence. Studies have shown that sage actually enhances perception, boosts memory, and improves mood! How great is that? I also added a topping (because all muffins need a topping) of roasted pecans, adapted from this recipe for twice baked bar nuts and a handful of pepitas.
Bake these pumpkin sage muffins and enjoy for breakfast, with a hot cup or tea or as an after-school snack.
They also freeze beautifully. Take a frozen one to go and it will thaw by the time you get to work or school.
Hope you’ll agree that this pumpkin sage muffin is the perfect treat… for the body mind and soul.