Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffins

i enjoy making snacks for my children that i know they’ll eat. i also really love knowing exactly what they’re eating. and these muffins pack a really good punch. they’re full of good antioxidants and vit A from the pumpkin and a good amount of protein from the eggs and almond flour you’re using to make them.

traditional pumpkin and banana breads can call for at least 3 cups of refined sugar. not this recipe. stick to the ingredients list and you’ll find that they’re perfectly sweetened.

i use my Blendtec blender for a large portion of my baking. this recipe calls for 3/4 cup almond meal. i use my blender to make the almond meal – it looks like a flour with larger grains. but there shouldn’t be large chunks of almonds in the flour. i’ve had friends successfully use their regular blenders to make almond meal. just start at a slow speed and scrape the sides and bottom of your blender, often, so that you don’t accidentally make almond butter.

pumpkin blendtec

so in your blender or, in a bowl, blend mix all dry ingredients together and then add wet ingredients, and blend well. for an added crunch, include crushed walnuts. i topped ours with chocolate chips.

the scent of freshly baked pumpkin bread is delicious. and watching my children devour a muffin full of protein and vitamin A makes my heart happy.

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Grain Free Pumpkin Muffin
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Recipe type: breakfast: gluten/grain/dairy/soy free
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Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup almond meal/flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • top with dark chocolate (dairy-free) chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat 350F
  2. combine dry ingredients
  3. in separate bowl, combine wet ingredients
  4. mix dry ingredients into wet and combine well
  5. (or put ingredients in Blendtec and blend for 30 seconds)
  6. fill greased muffin tins up ¾ of the way
  7. top with chocolate chips
  8. bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick can be pulled out clean

 

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