Friday, November 2, 2012

Soaked Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I first discovered chocolate whoopie pies at Corner Bakery a few years ago and I was immediately infatuated with the moist cake and sweet creamy center. I started thinking how I could make it a bit healthier with whole grain, real food ingredients. Recently I was making whole wheat pumpkin muffins and it came to me that I could make the muffins short and flat and use them in homemade whoopie pies. I like the soaked version of pumpkin muffins more for this recipe because they are healthier and incredibly moist and cake-like which works well for a whoopie pie.

Soaked Pumpkin Muffins
(adapted from the fabulous ebook: Healthy Snacks to Go)
Mix together:
3 1/3 cups  white whole wheat flour (I did a mix of 1 c barley flour and 2 1/3 c whole wheat pastry flour)
2 cups pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 cups water + 1/4 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
1 cup melted coconut oil or melted butter, allow it to cool a bit before adding to the mix
Cover the bowl and allow it to soak for 12-24 hours at room temperature.

When ready to bake preheat oven to 325 F, grease 4 muffin pans and mix in:
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix it all together and scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each greased muffin cup. If using a mini muffin pan, scoop in a 1/2 tablespoon of batter. Bake for 45 minutes, they will be more moist than you're used to. Do not over bake. Allow to cool 5 minutes in the pan and then place the muffins on a cooling rack. While cooling prepare the frosting.
(If you'd rather make the regular non-soaked version of pumpkin muffins go here)

Filling: Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (try making your own)
1-2 tablespoons whole milk or cream

Cream the butter and sugar together on low speed using a mixer. Add in the vanilla and milk. Do not over beat. Spread the filling over the top of one cooled muffin and then put another muffin on top. You only need a little of the sweetness of the frosting to complement the pumpkin flavor. A little buttercream goes a long way. Store whoopie pies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Why Soaked Pumpkin Muffins?
I'm no expert on soaking my grains but it's something I've been experimenting with this year. I've read that soaking your grains increases nutrient content and makes whole grains more digestible. Soaking is both a mild fermentation process and a mimicking of the germination or sprouting process. It's only useful when the bran is present such as with whole grain flours. You can learn more here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Healthy Living eBook Bundle Sale

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Menu Plan 10/29- 11/4

My boys were off school at the end of last week for parent/teacher conferences. I took advantage of the time off and went with my in-laws to an indoor waterpark resort in Wisconsin Dells for the break. Joe had to work so he couldn't come along but we managed the watersliding fun alright without him. Joe got the task of meeting each of the boys' teachers by himself and he did just fine without me.

Tonight was Trunk or Treat at my church and my kids had a blast. My angel, Scooby-Doo and green monster loved the fun and games and of course all the candy.

My freezer is full once more and I've got plenty of beef this week for dinner. I'm using my crockpot a lot as it's my favorite appliance, especially in the fall.

Menu Plan 10/29- 11/4
Monday:  Crockpot Roast (beef), carrots, potatoes
Tuesday: Baked Tilapia, brown rice, steamed broccoli
Wednesday: Pasta with homemade marinara sauce, Artisan bread
Thursday: Ground beef Tacos with pureed lentils mixed in
Friday: Grilled Burgers, Candied Acorn Squash in crockpot
Saturday: Homemade Pizza
Sunday: Crockpot BBQ chicken, Artisan bread


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