Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins + Marathon training and Meal Plan Link Up

That might be the longest title ever! But I had to add the pumpkin muffins in today.  On Friday, I was debating between turning on the heat or baking, and I went with the latter.

I know we’ll cave and turn the heat on soon.  But isn’t there some kind of prize for holding out the longest?

First things first, marathon training.  Only five weeks to go now… eeek! I was recovering from the half this week, so I alternated long runs with very easy days to get in decent mileage but not overdo it.  It worked out well.  I am (hopefully) refreshed and ready to pick up the intensity again for a few more weeks until taper.

Sunday:  Half marathon (7:18 ave) + 1.5 warm up and 5 miles after = 19.75 for the day

Monday: 8 slow miles (I probably should have taken this day off, but for some reason decided to get recovery miles. In reality, I think it slowed my recovery).

Tuesday: 30 minute weights circuit + 30 minute walk with my blogging friend Christine who came over for the morning!

Wednesday: 10 run, with 3 threshold miles alternating easy miles and a fast finish (w/u 8:52, 8:16, 7:01, 7:58, 7:03, 7:42, 6:50, 7:20, 7:27, 7:16)

Thursday: Off

Friday: 10 easy miles, 8:25 ave

Saturday: 3 miles + 30 minute bike

Sunday: Long run in Central park today with a friend, aiming for 17-20

On the menu this week…



Sunday: Leftovers. Our realtors brought us dinner last night as a thank you for using them, so sweet!

Monday: Salmon, Brussel Sprouts with Apple, Bacon and Dates

Tuesday: Roast Chicken, Sweet potato “fries” and green beans

Wednesday: Black beans in the crock pot over brown rice, sauteed kale

Thursday: Leftover chicken in hummus veggie wraps

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Out or this Peanut Butter Vegetarian Chili (didn’t get a chance to try it last week!)

And here’s the yummy pumpkin muffin recipe (whole grain and lower in sugar but not grain-free or egg-free):

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins (print)

  • 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (can substitute part almond meal)
  • 1/4 c. flaxmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 1 c. pumpkin
  • 1/4 c. tagatose (stevia) or 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 squirt of liquid stevia (about 1/2 tsp) or additional 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. milk of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c. roasted coconut chips

Mix dry ingredients through salt in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin through eggs and combine well. Add to the dry mix just until combined.  Stir in cranberries and coconut chips. Scoop into 12-18 muffin cups and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Have you been baking more with the cooler weather? How’s your training going?

29 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins + Marathon training and Meal Plan Link Up

  1. I should make those muffins for my mom who’s coming to visit next weekend. Hope you have a good run today!

  2. I haven’t turned on our furnace yet. We just quit running the air conditioner a couple weeks ago. The muffins look delicious. I love cooking with dried cranberries and I just happen to have an opened can of pumpkin in the fridge needing to be used.

    PS: I posted the wrong link the first time. Is there any way you can delete it? I didn’t see that option. Sorry about that!
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  3. Yum — your muffins look great! I’ve been on a muffin + nut butter kick lately. I’ve never heard of tagatose before, but I’ll have to check it out next time I visit the health food store.
    Sarah recently posted..Menu plan, October 13-19My Profile

  4. We have still had warm enough temps during the day that it is fairly nice here – the nights are cold but I prefer it to be coolish at night.
    That recipe for brussell sprouts looks good – I’ve been looking for a recipe to try!
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  5. Hmmm, I think I may win for waiting the longest to turn on my heater. As it is currently 82 and humid and tomorrow’s high is 86 and, yep, humid, our A/C is still running ’round the clock. Don’t you miss Houston?! 😉

  6. Those muffins look delicious! I’ve been wanting to make pumpkin muffins, so I’ll have to save your recipe! All of your meals for this week sound yummy! I love the brussel sprouts with apple, bacon and dates! I made some last week with bacon, onions and pine nuts. They were SO good!
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