A taste of autumn can call to mind any number of decadent fall flavors, from pumpkin pie, to hot cocoa, to apple crisp, to pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and everything sweet in between. But what about those who want to embrace this glorious season without all the calories? Enter our healthy, gluten-free version of a fall favorite: pumpkin muffins. These easily baked beauties are sure to please even the pickiest eaters, and they're deceptively delicious despite being good for you. Read on for our best pumpkin muffins recipe, plus some inventive variations on this basic healthy treat. Hello gourd-geous!
Before we can begin, make sure to assemble the necessary kitchen items plus the delectable ingredients.
Now that everything has been gathered, let's jump right into preparing our easy pumpkin muffins.
Begin by preheating oven to 325 degrees. Then, line muffin tin with paper liners.
In mixing bowl, use whisk to combine the applesauce, pumpkin, eggs, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk until smooth and evenly combined.
Next, add oats, pumpkin pie spice, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, coconut sugar, and almond flour to a small mixing bowl. Use spatula to combine evenly. Slowly fold into the wet ingredients in the other bowl until combined. As soon as the flour is hard to spot, you can stop whisking as the batter will be good to go.
After that, carefully use spoon or spatula to disperse mixture evenly into the lined muffin cups. Sprinkle a pinch of rolled oats to adorn the top of each muffin. Bake in oven for about 18 minutes or until the top of muffins no longer appears shiny.
To ensure that the muffins are adequately cooked, stick a toothpick into one of them. If it comes out with no residue, you can carefully remove the muffin tin from the oven. If not, cook for another minute or two then repeat the toothpick test until satisfactory.
Once done, let pumpkin muffins cool for ten minutes before removing them from tin. Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely before storing. These muffins will stay fresh for up to five days in an airtight storage container in room temperature. Pro tip: dice up an apple and place the pieces in the container to encourage your baked good to retain extra moisture.
Now that you've mastered our delicious and healthy pumpkin muffins, let's explore some variations on the base recipe.
Whatever way you choose, we know you'll love the end result of our ultimate pumpkin muffins.