During my first fall of full-time food blogging, my mom and I decided to meet in San Francisco for dinner one Saturday evening. I suggested my favorite sushi restaurant in Japantown, the one my best friend had introduced me to in high school, and although Mom typically avoids raw fish, she still agreed when I mentioned there were plenty of vegetarian sushi rolls, along with lots of other fully cooked dishes on the menu.
Ever since my friend taught me how to eat sushi and sashimi — with chopsticks and wasabi and just enough soy sauce — I’ve jumped at any chance I could get… Especially when it involves a trip to the city!
That particular afternoon, I checked on traffic before hopping into my car for the drive. It normally took at least an hour, if not closer to two, from where I lived in the Sacramento suburbs, yet Mom only needed 45 minutes to get there from my hometown. I really didn’t want to be late or keep her waiting, so I left with plenty of time to spare.
Before leaving my house, I poured myself a mug of coffee and grabbed a big spiced pumpkin muffin, just in case there was a long line at the restaurant when we arrived. I didn’t want to be grumpy or hangry when I met my mom, so I ate my snack in the car on my way to San Francisco.
Yet after exchanging hugs in the parking lot and walking to the sushi place, the hostess immediately led us to a vacant table and handed us menus. Completely startled, I glanced down at the sheet of paper in front of me and then back at my mom.
I had totally mistimed my pumpkin muffin snack… But at least my mom and I still had an amazing time laughing, talking, and catching up that night!
Memories of that fun dinner in San Francisco recently resurfaced, which left me craving both sushi and pumpkin muffins… But this time, I decided to bake these Healthy One-Bowl Pumpkin Mini Muffins instead so I’d have enough room to fully enjoy both!
These healthy pumpkin mini muffins have the same supremely moist and soft texture as bakery-style ones, even with no butter, eggs, dairy, refined flour or sugar. They’re also easy to make (you just need 1 bowl and a fork!) and have the same sweet and irresistible flavors as pumpkin pie!
Those are definitely my kind of muffins!