1 can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup canola oil
1/3 cup water
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (if desired)*
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease muffin tray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt. Fold in pecans.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. If desired, sprinkle with leftover pecans.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Cool before moving to cooling rack.
*Pecans can be exchanged with walnuts. Or, to make muffins more of a Halloween favorite, with crushed M&Ms.
Lindsay Below is the author of Lurkers, a young adult novel coming from MuseItUp in July 2011. Her middle grade novel, Same Old Lie will be released from MuseItUp in November 2011. Visit her at www.lbelow.com.