Saturday, November 3, 2012

Butternut Squash Chocolate Chip Muffins & Beerfest

Are you having a good weekend? I hope so! Mine has been filled with a range of activities including baking, teaching at the gym, coffee with a good friend, a high school football game, and a beerfest.

The nice people at CLIF recently sent me their seasonal bars to sample: iced gingerbread, peppermint stick and spiced pumpkin pie (disclaimer: I received these bars for free):


The pumpkin (surprise, surprise) is my favorite of the three. Along with the bars, Clif provided a bundle of recipes developed by the athletes and foodies at CLIF Bar. I couldn’t WAIT to try the recipe for butternut squash muffins. I made a few adjustments to the original recipe developed by Linsey Corbin, professional Team CLIF Bar triathlete.




  • 1 cup unbleached AP flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • a dash of nutmeg and ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned butternut squash (could use fresh roasted too or substitute pumpkin)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg


  • desired quantity chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In one mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients. In a second bowl, mix together wet ingredients.

Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spray a mini or regular muffin tin with non stick spray. For regular muffins, fill tins 2/3 full and bake 20-25 minutes. For mini muffins, evenly divide batter using a cooking scoop or tablespoon. Bake ~15 minutes.

This recipe yielded ~30 mini muffins or 12 regular muffins




This afternoon, we went to Mellow Mushroom’s third annual beerfest. This was our second beerfest:






I only stayed a little while because someone was being antsy ;)



Tomorrow, I’m throwing a baby shower for a friend and then hopefully relaxing and watching football! What are you up to?


future SIL said...

first of all i'm freaking obsessed with kay's personalized chair haha i need to get one of those in my future apartment. anyways - what a fun week! i love the football fam - so cute - i bet you're gearing up again for tomorrow!! also i always forget how delicious honey is in recipes - need to get on that stat. the beer festival sounds so fun!! looks like kay brought her mickey mouse inspired beer detector?? have a fabulous weekend girl xoxoxox!!!!

Lori and Michelle said...

that last picture!!! my heart xoxo

Averie Cooks said...

First I love love love those seasonal Clif bars. Of all bars on the market, their seasonal bars are seriously my faves! So much flavor & texture - love em. Your muffins look amazing!!! you're a pro!!

and you and the peanut look so cute together :)

Simply Life said...

Oooh I haven't seen those seasonal flavors yet- I'm sure I would also love that pumpkin pie one!

Krista said...

I bet those muffins taste great! I love Kay's GAP cute. Enjoy your Sunday, Erica!

Erin said...

You better relax miss thang

Savory Simple said...

these muffins sound so interesting!

Kerr said...

Those muffins look great!

Steph said...

I know I've said this many times before but Kay's smile is just contagious, she is so adorable!!! Butternut squash muffins sound deelish, so glad y'all has a nice weekend :)

MizFit said...


Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life said...

That last picture of Kay is so cute!! (Well, they all are but this one is my favorite!) Hope you enjoyed the baby shower!

Joelle ( said...

How fun! I loooove Mellow Mushroom. I got way too excited when they first opened one here in DC last year.:)

Jenn (eating bender) said...

Haha! Kaylin's expression in that last picture is awesome. :) Looks like another successful beerfest. I really want to try Mellow Mushroom someday! Those muffins look yummy, too.

itzyskitchen said...

Definitely more on the moist side!

janetha said...

SHUT UP.. that last photo?! ADORE.