Looking for some great pumpkin muffins that will fit into your diet? These Paleo Pumpkin Muffins are easy to make and also vegan!
Pumpkin is everywhere! I try to refrain from posting tons of pumpkin recipes, just because not everyone likes pumpkin and people do want to see other recipes. But, I had to find a paleo pumpkin muffin recipe that I could have. My stomach has been fickle lately and sometimes I do well with grains and other days not so much. Oy.
I don’t want to stop baking, but baking grain-free without eggs is tricky (my kids and I can’t have eggs). It can be a hit and miss! But these muffins turned out awesome with no grains, dairy, sugar, nuts (besides coconut), soy, or eggs!
I based this recipe off of one of my 3-minute banana cake that I posted a while ago. That recipe is so easy to make and it’s an awesome quick sweet treat without added sugar!
I decided to make some muffins using that same recipe concept, and replaced some of the banana with pumpkin to cut down the amount of sugar. Fortunately, these muffins turned out perfect on the first try. I had to make a second batch a week later just to make sure I wasn’t imagining things. Still great! 🙂
When you mix up these muffins, the batter will be quite thick, almost an airy dough (but not quite). The ample amount of baking powder in the recipe keeps the batter lighter, but stick with the listed amount of baking soda and don’t be tempted to add more.
The amount of baking soda is just right for this recipe: if you try to add more baking soda to make the muffin’s fluffier, the muffins will taste bitter. Trust me on that! Also, these will turn brownish after a day or 2 because there is a lot of banana in these muffins, so don’t let that bother you. If you are making these for guests, make them fresh that morning to keep them fresh.
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan)
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoons coconut flour
- 3 Tablespoons ground flax or chia seed
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Dash each nutmeg and cardamon to taste
- 3 medium bananas mashed
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice (almond, coconut, etc.)
- 2 Tablespoons mild olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Vanilla creme Stevia to taste (I used about 1/4 teaspoon)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with muffin papers and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, ground flax seed, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and cardamon. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until very well mashed and almost liquid. Stir in the pumpkin, non-dairy milk, olive oil, vanilla, and Stevia drops and mix well.
- Add the coconut flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir very well.
- Spoon the thick batter into the prepared muffin cups to the brim. Gently smooth the tops of the batter if you like, but don't press the batter into the cups.
- Bake for 30 minutes*. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then move the muffins onto a cooling rack. Allow the muffins to cool completely before removing them from the muffin papers (this is important or they will stick to the papers).
- Store these in a sealed container in the fridge. These muffins also freeze well.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist