Middle School Class + {Better Vegan Pumpkin Muffins}

I shared this news on Facebook awhile back, but haven't posted about it on the blog. I am officially teaching a cooking class this fall --- a middle school elective once a week called "Nourishing Snacks." As part of the class, in addition to cooking / recipe creation, they will be learning about food photography, story-writing, and nutrition. This past week, I pre-made 24 vegan pumpkin muffins so they could spend the entire 45 minutes experimenting with food photography: different backgrounds, angles, lighting, poses etc. We just used the school's mini ipads this time and will use real DSLRs later in the semester. 

Overall they had a blast!

This was their subject: a better version of my vegan pumpkin muffins. Original recipe here.

At first they were bummed they couldn't eat the muffins right away. But before long, they were really getting creative with their project. #engagedlearning

The next few photos (plus the one at the top -- muffin on a heart of pumpkin seeds) were all taken by my middle schoolers!! #theyrock

As for the differences in this "better" muffin recipe: 1) more pumpkin puree, 2) no banana, and 3) add chickpeas.  I told you I'm obsessed!  I also ran out of gluten-free flour, so I subbed whole wheat pastry flour.

I loved this simple shot of a muffin in hand. It makes me want to eat it. #thegoaloffoodphotography


  • What do you think of the photos?!?!

Better Vegan Pumpkin Muffins


Better Vegan Pumpkin Muffins // Nosh and Nourish


2 cups
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoon
Baking Powder
1⁄2 teaspoon
Sea Salt
2⁄3 cups
Coconut Sugar
1 1⁄2 teaspoon
1⁄2 teaspoon
Ground Ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon
Ground Cloves
2 tablespoons
Ground Flax
6 tablespoons
Warm Water
1 teaspoon
15 ounces
Pure Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1⁄4 cup
Coconut Oil (melted)
1⁄2 cup
Chickpeas (mashed)
1⁄4 cup
Vanilla Almond Milk
3 tablespoons
Raw Pumpkin Seeds (to adorn the top)


  1. Combine 2 Tbsp flax plus 6 Tbsp warm water. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Mash chickpeas well, or combine with almond milk and use the immersion stick blender to puree.
  4. Combine all ingredients, except pumpkin seeds, but including the chilled flax in a medium bowl. 
  5. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  6. Fill each cup to the top.
  7. Press pumpkin seeds into the top of each muffin batter.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Yields 12 Muffins