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Welcome to A Pumpkin A Day, our new series highlighting the finest in fake pumpkin flavors! Beginning mid-September and running through whenever grocery stores and cafes stop selling pumpkin flavored seasonal treats, we’ll highlight one pointlessly pumpkin product per day.

We’re out of the prepackaged products and into the fresh baked goods of Whole Foods’ bakery department and I could not be happier. These look so fresh and so tasty and they’re covered in pumpkin seeds and have those fancy-ish folded wrappers, so they have to be good. img_6959-jpg

They are good. There are surprise walnuts in them that make a fun textural variation, because muffins without chunks are just unfrosted cake and that’s kind of a bummer. The combination of internal walnuts and external pumpkin seeds keep these muffins exciting. If muffins can be exciting.

They taste how pumpkin muffin should taste. There isn’t really a spice element in these but I don’t miss it. I appreciate the simplicity. I also appreciate that they’re not overly sugary or sweet. These seem like a reasonable way to start your day.

I like them less than I like Panera’s pumpkin muffin tops, but those are covered in powdered sugar and are incredibly sweet, so I think I could eat a lot more of these and be happy. I would definitely eat these again. They look homemade enough that you could tell people you made them and everyone would go, “Wow! Good job!”

Ratings

Pumpkin essence – 8. Taste like any other pumpkin baked good I’ve ever had.

Mouthfeel- 9. Soft, not too dense and nice crunch from the nuts.

Diabetes factor – 2. Tiny hint of sweetness, nothing crazy. I think we’re safe.

Right to exist – 10. I’m for as many flavors of muffin as possible in the world, so keep these around.

Feel of fall – 8. A well done pumpkin product is the embodiment of fall.

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