These healthy pumpkin muffins are not only moist and delicious, they are also oil, flour, dairy and gluten free. A perfect prep-ahead breakfast or fall snack. If you prefer a sweeter muffin, add some dried fruit or vegan chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Muffins [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Serves

9-12

Cooking Time

25

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats (make sure they say gluten-free if you have an intolerance because some oats can be contaminated with gluten)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips or chopped dried cranberries or chopped nuts (the dried fruit or chocolate chips will add a little more sweetness)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons aquafaba liquid from cooked chickpeas or 2 ground flax eggs* (recipe below)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with vegan butter or oil.
  2. Pulse oats in a blender until finely ground. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Pulse once or twice to blend.
  3. Add all wet ingredients and puree until smooth.
  4. Stir in vegan chocolate chips, cranberries or nuts. Fill the prepared muffin cups two-thirds full.
  5. Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted in the center c comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Cool in the pan or on a wire rack.
  7. Make sure they are completely cool before freezing individually for a healthy grab-n-go snack. I like to serve them with some jam.

Notes

*Ground flax eggs - 2 tablespoons ground flax whisked with 5 1/2 tablespoons of water - place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to thicken. **If you want to use fresh pumpkin - here are the directions: A 1 + 1/2 to 2 pound pumpkin should give you a cup of puree. It may be a bit over but you can use the puree for a quick soup. Puree can also be frozen for approximately 6 months. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. Clean your pumpkin by scrubbing the pumpkin thoroughly. then cut the pumpkin in 5-inch square pieces, discarding the stems. Remove the seeds and fibrous strings. Save the seeds for roasting. Put the pumpkin pieces on a lined baking sheet in a single layer, skin side up. Roast, covered, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender. When cool enough to handle scoop the pulp from the rind. Blend into a puree in a food processor.

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