A bacon-loving baker. That’s what I am. Seriously, I save bacon fat for later use in rices and pastas. So, why am I lately on this “health” kick? Granola, Sexy Muffins and now another version of a muffin? What’s next? Ordering SALADS in restaurants?! No way. This needs to stop. In the meantime, check out this sexy muffin. Although not gluten-free, it only has 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (the other 1/2 cup is oat flour), so it could easily be adapted. If you adapt it to GF, please do share!

Why is this a square muffin if it was baked in a round cupcake pan? Why? Beats me.

Yield: 10 small muffins
2 tablespoons margarine
1 egg, from backyard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup whole milk (or alternative)

1/4 cup pumpkin butter (from a jar!)
1/4 cup sweeten coconut in syrup (from a can!)

black sesame seeds
golden flax seeds
ground cinnamon 


  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and rest of ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together pumpkin and coconut. This is your baked in filling.
  3. Line muffin tine with liners and fill halfway with batter. Add a tablespoon of pumpkin/coconut filling.
  4. Top with more muffin batter. Sprinkle with mix of seeds and cinnamon.
  5. Bake until golden brown and done. I’ve become a fan of under-baking muffins. Muffins tend to be dry and crumbly; I prefer mine moist. So I bake them for less than 15 minutes, remove them from oven and leave in hot pan for 5 more minutes. This gives me moist, delicious muffins!

Undressing muffins and cupcakes is the only action I get!(And might I add, the only action I WANT until I get to see M!)

Muffin Love is inherently related to Muffin Tops (Seinfeld anyone?), so check out these links for real muffin love:
Strawberry Muffins from Thou Must Live and Eat!
Prize Winning Corn-Blueberry Muffins by Cafe Terra
Banana-Cranberry-Oatmeal Muffins over at Big Fat Baker

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  1. This is such a beautiful post, Nella. Absolutely terrific and heart warming and the recipe, of course, is awesome, as always. Love it!

  2. This looks fantastic!!! Ohh that last photo is mouthwatering!!!

  3. What a great flavor combination! You come up with the best things to eat!

  4. love the combo of pumpkin butter (i’m obsessed with this) and coconut!!! oooo and whole wheat flour + oat flour! i’m going to start exploring alternative flours this summer once work is over. i can’t wait!