The day that I found out that I was accepted into the Ambassador program for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was a special day for me. Jamie’s Food Revolution TV program had a big impact on me and as a result my family benefited as well. My family mostly ate fast and processed food which was likely a path to obesity and chronic disease. Jamie’s Food Revolution “is about saving our health through good food and essential cooking skills. We need to improve food education, stand up for good food and keep cooking skills alive.” according to the Food Revolution website. I owe Jamie my forever gratitude.
Now it’s my turn to help further Jamie’s Food Revolution work. I decided to start at home. I take my kids to the farmers’ market and show them a wonderful variety of food. I introduce them to the farmers and let them hear stories about how they grow the food that we put on our table. I take them grocery shopping and show them food labels – both labels with good ingredients and those with harmful ingredients. I want them to know the difference. I also take the time to teach them basic cooking skills.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1½ cup raisins (nuts or dried cranberries would be good too)
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Mix all of the dry ingredients. (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg)
- In a separate bowl beat the wet ingredients. ( eggs, pumpkin, honey, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla)
- Slowly fold in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix well, but do not over mix. This will toughen the muffin.
- Fold in raisins.
- Spoon muffin batter into 18 muffins cups.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes
- Cool completely. Enjoy!