It’s finally feeling like fall here in Arkansas, and I suddenly feel compelled to make ALL the pumpkin flavored things! I hope I’m not the only one. Before I started eating Paleo, pumpkin muffins were kind of my signature thing; I had this great recipe that I made almost weekly. It was my go-to for potlucks and parties and the like. Well, with wheat out of the picture, I went on the search to find a Paleo counterpart that I could enjoy for the fall and such.
This recipe, adapted from Leelalicious, is simple and nonthreatening for a gluten free newbie like myself. The result? A tender, melt-in-your-mouth, fluffy pumpkin muffin. I was really impressed with the texture of these, because I’ve had some gluten free baked goods that were quite gritty or crumbly. These muffins are neither- hallelujah!
Another thing I’m loving about these muffins is the crunch that the nuts on top give. I am a sucker for a good crunch. A friend who pointed me towards this recipe suggested replacing the pecans in the original recipe with walnuts, and that’s just what I did!
I also adjusted the cooking time a bit; mine were in for 22 minutes, and were cooked perfectly in the middles. But the outsides were a tad bit dark, and I think they could’ve done with a minute or two less.
Let me know how these turn out for you! I’d also love to know: what are your staples for Paleo baking? What are your go-to secret ingredients? Comment below, I’d be thrilled to hear from you!
- 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup coconut flour
- pinch of sea salt
- 4 eggs
- ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- 6 Tbsp maple syrup
- ½ cup chopped walnuts, for topping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a standard muffin tin with coconut oil, or line with muffin cups.
- Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix dry and wet ingredients, stirring until dry is incorporated.
- Divide batter into 12 muffin tins, and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.