Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffins
These grain-free pumpkin muffins are delicious — but since they are completely grain-free, they will actually give you energy, soothe your digestion, and of course, make you smile.
I am a chef. I’m not a baker. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I cook with love and I love to taste as I stir, and season as I taste. It’s like a foodie’s dance of sorts.
Baking just mystifies me. It’s all too measured for my liking. There’s no tasting as you go, and no seasoning things up halfway through.
Over the past few years, I’ve come up with tried-and-true baked goods recipes that even I can make. Believe me, this means these recipes are idiot-proof.
Since I eat grain-free and dairy-free, there are not a lot of store-bought baked goods options that taste good. If I’m going to eat candy or cake or cookies or muffins or pies, then they have to be delicious while also meeting my stringent health requirements.
I’m forever on the lookout for great recipes like this. And, when I find one, I make it many, many, many times, sometimes gently tweaking things to further meet my needs, and then I bring these recipes to you.
So, without any further chatter, here’s my new favorite grain-free, dairy-free, delicious muffin recipe. The credit for the original genius recipe goes to Katie at Wellness Mama. Thank you Katie! I’m in love with these grain-free pumpkin muffins! Honestly, I just love a good muffin… and these are great!
Best part: these are so easy to make. Even I couldn’t screw them up. Whisk. Pour into muffin tins. Bake. Cool. Done.
By the way, pumpkin is great for your digestive system. What more could you ask… here’s a muffin that makes you feel good!
So bake these. Then make a cuppa Pumpkin Turmeric Latte. Sit on your couch. Watch the winter weather and happily sigh…
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Each time I test out a baked goods recipe, I try to add in some superfoods to amp up the healing powers of the recipe. Pumpkin seeds went on top of these muffins, and hemp seeds and maca root powder went inside… perfection!
Here are some of the great healing ingredients in this recipe for Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffins:
Pumpkin can help reduce pain and fever and can soothe stomach irritations. It’s a great food to treat constipation, allergies and asthma. It’s high in vitamin A and can help protect your lungs and intestines from cancer.
I am a big proponent of eating the whole egg. So many of the nutrients and the taste are in the yolk; I’ll never understand separating nature’s perfect food. Eggs help with many types of dryness in the body. If you have a dry cough or a frog-in-your-throat, try eating some eggs. They have also been shown to help women with various conditions during and after pregnancy. Some people consider eggs to be a superfood. They contain a large amount of vitamins A and B and are a great source of protein. Eggs sometimes get a bad rap because of cholesterol, but it’s been shown that in 70% of people, eggs do not raise cholesterol, so don’t assume they are bad for you. Buy organic eggs and you are really doing the right thing.
Hemp seeds are a superfood. They are high in protein, easily digestible, and contain a full complement of amino acids. They contain disease-fighting phytonutrients that are good for your blood, immune system, tissues and skin. Hemp contains a specific fatty acid that acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also helps balance hormones, making it a great choice to fight the symptoms of PMS. This super seed is also good for your liver and your brain.
Maca Root is one of the superfoods I take every day. It has many healthy benefits including increasing libido, helping menopausal symptoms, relieving menstrual cramps, regulating hormones, and increasing energy.
Pure maple syrup contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body (think inflammatory bowel syndrome or heart disease). It also contains zinc, calcium, and magnesium. It’s much lower on the glycemic scale than traditional sugar. Whenever possible, use a darker (grade B) syrup because the nutritional composition is better than that of lighter syrups.
Coconut strengthens the body, reduces swelling, and stops bleeding. It kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. There’s coconut flour and coconut oil in this recipe.
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted, plus extra for greasing the muffin tins
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 5 eggs
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tbs coconut flour
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsmaca root powder (optional)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbs cinnamon
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- raw pumpkin seeds for top of muffins
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Grease the muffin tins with coconut oil
- Combine the ¼ cup coconut oil, pumpkin, eggs, coconut flour, hemp seeds, maca root powder, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup in a large bowl. Whisk until well combined.
- Scoop ¼ cup batter into each muffin tin cup.
- Sprinkle the tops with pumpkin seeds.
- Bake until the edges start to brown and the top is firm. Stick a knife in the center of one and when it comes out clean, they are done. Mine took 19 minutes, but start to check them at about 13 minutes.
- Let them cool on a rack.