Pumpkin Pie Muffins With Coconut ‘Frosting’ That Fight Inflammation and Decrease Cancer Risk
There are literally hundreds of different desserts out there, but for many people the good old pumpkin pie is still the best dessert. The only downside of this food is the fact that it can’t be packed easily.
This is the reason why we have created a recipe for muffins based on pumpkin pie. This is a completely vegan and very healthy and tasty snack. It doesn’t include any processed sugars or flour and contains just four simple ingredients.
People usually use pumpkins before Halloween, but it is a nice idea to have some organic pumpkins in the home at any time. This fruit (technically pumpkin is a fruit) is loaded with many different minerals and vitamins.
Tests have shown that it is a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. The famous antioxidant, beta-carotene, has strong anti-inflammatory properties and enhances the health of the skin, eyes and strengthens the immune system.
Consumption of foods packed with beta-carotene can also lower the chances of developing certain types of cancer, keep people safe from heart disease and slow down the progress of aging.
According to a Japanese scientific study conducted not while ago and focused on postmenopausal and premenopausal women have shown that premenopausal women that were consuming three servings of pumpkin every week have lowered the chances of developing breast cancer for 25%.
What is even better, the results were more promising in postmenopausal women. We should not forget that pumpkins are rich in potassium, vitamin C and fiber too and these compounds are great for the cardiovascular system.
We can all agree that bananas are one of the favorite fruits of many people. They use them as part of their breakfast in oatmeal and smoothies. Many professional athletes use them before their appearance because they are rich in minerals and vitamins.
For example, bananas contain potassium and this essential mineral is crucial for the health of our heart and the work of the cognitive system.
In addition to their ability to stabilize blood pressure, bananas are great for lowering symptoms of depression, increasing bone mass and healing constipation. Even though bananas are very sweet fruits, they have low glycemic value. The reason is simple– they are packed with fiver. One average banana comes with three grams of natural fiber.
Let’s be clear, when it comes to fats, coconut milk is not different compared to ordinary cow milk. However, coconut milk comes with fatty acids that make it special. When people consume coconut milk, the fat found in it is not stored– it is used as energy instantaneously. So, the fat found in coconuts is healthy and used for the acceleration of the metabolism.
In addition, the aforementioned fatty acids can serve as efficient antiseptics that can heal infections. They are also very efficient when it comes to dandruff too. On the other hand, coconut fat is a natural moisturizer that prevents and eliminates wrinkles and makes the skin smoother and hydrated.
Some people might be confused due to the fact that sugar is part of this healthy recipe, but coconut sugar is different than ordinary sugar. Coconut sugar is one of the rare types of sugar that keeps its original nutritional value. The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines has confirmed that coconut sugar is rich in zinc, iron, potassium and calcium.
This sugar also has significantly lower glycemic rate compared to regular sugar. This means that it can’t affect the level of blood sugar so drastically. Coconut sugar is recommended as an alternative to table sugar.
Now let’s check the recipe for the muffins.
Muffins Based on Pumpkin and Coconut
Here’s what you’ll need for the cupcakes:
- Two ripe bananas
- One can of organic pumpkins or one and a half cups of puree made from organic pumpkins
- One and a half teaspoons of cinnamon
- Half a cup of coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
Here’s what you’ll need for the topping:
- Two tablespoons of maple syrup
- One can of organic coconut milk
- One teaspoon of vanilla beans
The process starts in the oven. Just preheat your oven to about 350 F. During this period you should mix all the ingredients for the cupcake and come up with a smooth mixture. The mixture should help you make a dozen of standard-sized cupcakes.
Pour the mixture in muffin tins. After that, bake the muffins for 25 minutes and remove them. Wait for a few minutes until they are cooled. If they are too soft, you don’t have to worry because you can put them in the fridge. When they are hard enough you can use the topping.
In order to make the topping, use a can of organic coconut milk and spread the fatty content I the bowl. Pour the maple syrup and vanilla beans and whip until you get cream. Put the mixture on top of the cupcakes and enjoy!