I make a lot of muffins.
Not on purpose, really; I have a picky eater and more produce than I know what to do with and I’ve got to get something that grows into him somehow and he’ll eat baked goods. All the baked goods. So, over the past year or so, I have honed my muffin-making prowess to the point where I believe I could now fill a book with deceptively healthy muffin recipes. When did I get so dull?
If it makes me seem any cooler, I am currently drinking a vodka and soda out of a topless sippy cup because we have a ran-out-of-clean-dishes situation.
Vodka. Topless. There you go, there’s some good stuff, right?
And we have reached that part of the year where all my good intentions in June have manifested in abundance come late-September, and now we’re into October and I have to do something with all the squash. “Good intentions” might be the wrong way to put it – I was a little more delusional than well-intended, I think, because while I love spaghetti squash, I don’t love having to eat a dozen of them all at once, but I never think about that when I’m enthusiastically thumbing seeds into the ground. So, between what grew in the garden and what I couldn’t resist at the farmer’s market, I am forced to get creative.
One does not simply feed a picky eater stringy bits of yellow squash. No.
Fortunately, I’m acing muffins these days and you can put spaghetti squash in muffins. You can. And it’s pretty good.
This recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of cooked spaghetti squash; most of the time, that’s one whole spaghetti squash. If you’re a little short, just add a bit of applesauce to make up the difference.
Spaghetti squash muffins
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats (not instant or quick-cooking)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. flax seed
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups cooked and drained spaghetti squash
- 1 cup grapeseed or other neutral-tasting oil
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Cook your spaghetti squash. There are a bunch of ways you can do this – I usually just throw the whole thing into a 400-degree oven and let it go until it’s soft, but that’s not terribly helpful. You can also microwave it, which is faster. Check this list out, and cook it however you like; just be sure to discard the seeds and scrape the flesh into a colander in the sink to drain it; drain for about 15 minutes, after which the squash should be cool enough to work with.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. If you have two muffin pans, you are very lucky – grease them both, or line the little cups with whatever kind of liner you like. I’m cheap, so one muffin pan plus grease it is.
In a large bowl, combine your flours, oats, sugars, flax, baking soda, spices, and salt. Mix well.
In another bowl, mix squash, oil, eggs, and extract. Fold into your dry ingredients until they are just moistened; add your walnuts and fold again.
Spoon your batter into muffin tins until each muffin cup is about three-quarters full. You should get between 21 and 24 muffins.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Whoever you’re deceiving with these will never notice that these are kind of good for them, I promise.