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Cranberry Muffin Pumpkin Recipe

Cranberries not only taste good but also have SUPER powers!

Cranberries are not only tasty but did you know that they are also considered a super fruit that contains superpowers? This tasty little berry is used in so many holiday recipes from sweet to savory. Cranberries have immune-boosting properties that are so important during cold and flu season but also great for those that are immune-compromised such as patients undergoing cancer treatments. Cranberries also have several beneficial nutrients including high levels of fiber, carbohydrates, and proteins. They also contain essential anti-oxidants. The nutrients in cranberries help to fight bacterial infections, promote good oral health, and can lower cholesterol levels. One of the superpower nutrients in most forms of cranberries is tannins. Tannins contain several anti-bacterial characteristics, it can help to reduce the number of bacteria that are in the intestinal tract, this aids in preventing food illnesses.

Cranberries are also great for oral health, they contain a significant amount of calcium that may help to reduce the risks of tooth decay and can strengthen teeth. It also is known to lessen the risk of getting gingivitis. The tannins in cranberries help reduce the amount of plaque that forms on the teeth. Several other health benefits are associated with cranberries. They contain quinic acid, which provides enough acidity in the urine to decrease the chances of kidney stones forming. The phytonutrients encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines. High fiber levels also help the digestive system and may ease constipation. Some studies even suggest that dried cranberries may promote the removal of certain metals in the body and help to prevent both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

You can use cranberries for a sauce, add it to your favorite sandwich recipe, mix it with some cheese for a light snack, or add it to your morning yogurt or oatmeal for a tart kick.

Try the recipe below to add some superpower to your day!

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 12 servings. The ingredient list reflects the servings specified:

½ cup milk

1 ½ teaspoon white vinegar

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup quick-cooking oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup canned pumpkin

½ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup white sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 egg

½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cranberries

¼ cup dried cranberries

Directions

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

Step 2:

Stir milk and vinegar together in a small bowl.

Step 3:

Mix whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, oats, baking soda, ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.

Step 4:

Whisk pumpkin, brown sugar, white sugar, vegetable oil, and egg together in a separate bowl; beat in milk mixture until smooth. Stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until just combined. Fold in fresh and dried cranberries. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

Step 5:

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool muffins in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

Cook’s Note:

Milk and vinegar mixture is a simple substitute for buttermilk, which I seldom have on hand in my kitchen. 1/2 cup buttermilk could be used instead. Feel free to change the ratio of dried to fresh cranberries to adjust sweetness, or substitute nuts, chocolate chips, or other dried fruit.


About Kindra Peterson, MS, RD, CSO

Kindra Peterson, MS, RD, CSO Ironwood Cancer and Research CentersKindra is a Registered Dietitian. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and her Master’s of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Kindra has almost 20 years of experience working in Healthcare and Nutrition and over ten years of teaching experience, specializing in courses related to nutrition, health, and wellness at the university level.

About Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers (ICRC) is the largest multi-specialty oncology network in the Greater Metro Phoenix area. They have over 100 medical providers, a robust Integrative Services program, and a dedicated clinical research department. Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers has 15 valley locations and five comprehensive cancer care centers that offer a multi-disciplinary approach for expedited personalized patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.ironwoodcrc.com.