Healthy pumpkin muffins are moist and full of delicious fall flavors. This easy pumpkin muffins recipe is vegan, gluten free, refined sugar-free, and so simple – only 1 bowl and 10 minutes prep time needed. Homemade pumpkin spice muffins are a nutritious breakfast idea and a healthy snack. Oily-free and sugar-free options available, too.
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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free
A few days ago, I posted a homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe and mentioned that I had planned to use it for healthy dessert recipes with canned pumpkin. So here we go with another vegan breakfast recipe: healthy pumpkin muffins!
With autumn just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about how to make easy pumpkin muffins. They are such a tasty fall breakfast and healthy vegan dessert. So tasty and moist, no one will guess that these are vegan pumpkin muffins without milk or eggs.
So pin or bookmark this tasty recipe for pumpkin muffins – it’ll come in handy when you need a pumpkin pie spice recipe or vegan recipes with canned pumpkin.
Is pumpkin healthy?
You bet! Pumpkin has many health and nutrition benefits. It is rich in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals but low in carbs and calories. You can read more about the health benefits of pumpkin in my homemade pumpkin puree recipe.
And these healthy vegan pumpkin muffins? Despite being tasty and moist pumpkin muffins have just 135 calories each – that’s not bad at all! I used very little sugar in this low sugar muffin recipe – so don’t expect pumpkin cupcakes in disguise. You can even make sugar-less pumpkin muffins with your favourite sugar-free sweetener.
Ingredients for healthy pumpkin muffins – gluten-free, nut-free, no eggs
Old-fashioned pumpkin muffins are a delicious way to enjoy pumpkin season. I kept the pumpkin muffins recipe very simple and only used 8 ingredients. As always, there are several substitution options for making pumpkin muffins from scratch, and I noted these in brackets.
Here is the dairy-free pumpkin muffins ingredients list:
- gluten-free flour (I use always Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour or Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour– can be subbed for all-purpose or whole wheat)
- gluten free baking powder
- maple sugar (can sub for granulated sugar, brown sugar or low carb granulated sweetener if sugar-free)
- canned pumpkin (you can also use fresh pumpkin puree)
- unsweetened dairy-free milk (I use almond, but any vegan milk will work)
- canola oil (or any other light-tasting oil like sunflower or avocado)
- ground cinnamon
- pumpkin pie spice (try this homemade pumpkin pie spice blend)
Unfortunately, this healthy pumpkin muffins recipe won’t work with almond or coconut flour. In my experience, coconut or almond flour muffins require at least one egg – otherwise, the batter won’t hold together – and that is not an option for vegan pumpkin muffins without eggs.
How to make easy healthy pumpkin muffins
Okay, are you ready to make the best healthy muffins? The steps for how to make pumpkin muffins are very simple and straightforward.
Then sift the flour and baking powder over the wet mixture and add the spices.
Transfer the batter to the prepared muffin pan/tin.
At this point, you can garnish your vegan pumpkin muffins with a topping. I mixed 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and soy nuts with maple sugar and pumpkin spice and sprinkled that over my gluten-free pumpkin muffins. Of course, you can bake easy pumpkin muffins without a topping as well. Up to you!
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Let the fresh pumpkin muffins cool slightly and enjoy warm or cold as is or topped with vegan butter or whipped coconut cream. Mmmm!
Tips for the best pumpkin muffins
This easy healthy muffins recipe is very simple and totally doable – even when you’re new to vegan baking. Here are 2 tips that will help you to get the best pumpkin muffins:
- Canned pumpkin is healthy and helps to cut down the carb count in this healthy vegan pumpkin muffins recipe. But muffin batter with pumpkin won’t rise as much. So fill up muffin liners almost to the top.
- The baking time can vary because every oven heats differently. The dairy-free pumpkin muffins are done when a cake tester or skewer comes out clean, and the edges look golden brown. Underbaking can result in deflated and dense muffins.
Options for easy pumpkin spice muffins
When it comes to healthy pumpkin muffins, you got options! My husband only eats sugar and gluten-free, while I’m mostly vegan. So, I try to accommodate a variety of diets and special dietary requirements.
In the next section, I talk about how you can customize this easy pumpkin spice muffins recipe. We talk about pumpkin muffins with apple sauce, healthy chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, pumpkin streusel muffins and frosting for pumpkin muffins. Let’s do this!
If you want to head straight to the easy pumpkin muffin recipe to bake a batch of moist pumpkin muffins, that’s fine too. Just scroll down to the recipe box and get started on your easy pumpkin spice muffins.
Oil-free pumpkin muffins with applesauce
I also attempted the pumpkin muffins with apple sauce and really liked how they turned out. The unsweetened applesauce I used was still pretty sweet naturally. So if, you’re okay with mildly sweet low sugar pumpkin muffins, feel free to omit the sugar for no sugar pumpkin muffins with applesauce.
I tried different types of flour and found that all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour works better for I a recipe for pumpkin muffins with applesauce than gluten-free flour does.
Canola oil instead of applesauce turned out better for gluten-free pumpkin muffins. So I recommend you make this gluten-free pumpkin muffin recipe with oil instead of applesauce. That being said, feel free to make glute free pumpkin muffins with applesauce, too. In fact, the muffins you see on the photos were a batch of sugar-free applesauce pumpkin muffins with gluten-free flour.
You need the following ingredients for pumpkin muffins with applesauce:
- 2 cups / 250 g / 8.8 oz flour (best all-purpose or whole wheat – gluten-free see note)
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup / 50 g / 1.8 oz maple sugar or granulated sweetener of choice (can be omitted for sugar-free pumpkin muffins)
- canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup / 125 g / 4.4 oz applesauce
- 1/3 cup / 80 ml / 2.7 fl oz dairy-free milk
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
The steps to make applesauce pumpkin muffins are the same as for the easy pumpkin muffin recipe described above. Simply use applesauce where it says canola oil in the recipe and you’re good to go.
Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins
What would be a post about healthy pumpkin muffins without a recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin muffins? Chocolate chips and pumpkin the perfect pairing and take this easy pumpkin muffins recipe to the next level.
To make chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, simply fold 1 cup chocolate chips into the muffin batter and then bake as instructed. How simple is that?
Think chocolate chips are the only ingredients to customise gluten-free pumpkin muffins? Guess again. Other add-ins for vegan pumpkin muffins include dried cranberries, raisins, chopped pecans or walnuts.
Pumpkin streusel muffins
I simply used a handful of nuts and seeds as topping for pumpkin muffins. Or you can make pumpkin muffins with streusel topping! That sounds about perfect, right? I love gluten-free pumpkin streusel muffins, they look so rustic and scrumptious.
To make the streusel for pumpkin muffins, simply prepare the vegan streusel from my blueberry muffins recipe and sprinkle them over your pumpkin muffins before baking. You will have the best vegan pumpkin streusel muffins. Pinky promise!
Iced pumpkin muffins – Cream cheese frosting for pumpkin spice muffins
Friends, I got one more option for you: pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting! Cream cheese icing is a great frosting for pumpkin muffins. You got rich fall flavours paired with tangy cream cheese icing. Just yummy!
So, how do I make iced pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting? Easy! Bake your pumpkin muffin batter and slather on a big spoon full of cream cheese frosting. You can use the vegan cream cheese frosting recipe from my iced soft pumpkin cookies as icing for pumpkin muffins.
You need to double the ingredients to have enough for 12 cupcakes. And let the muffins cool completely before icing because the cream cheese frosting will melt on warm muffins.
How to store pumpkin muffins
Homemade healthy pumpkin muffins store well. If you’re not ready to serve your vegan pumpkin muffins right away, put them in airtight food container or zip-top bags and store at room temperature for 5 days.
Easy gluten free pumpkin muffins are also very freezer friendly and can be kept frozen for 2 months. That way, you can always have a healthy pumpkin treat at hand to enjoy with your morning coffee or latte.
More healthy pumpkin recipes
Got room for more vegan recipes with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice desserts? Always! Here are a few more delish pumpkin spice recipes:
- soft pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting
- pumpkin pie spice syrup
- fluffy pumpkin pancakes
- vegan pumpkin latte
- homemade fall food gift ideas
Over to you!
Do you like pumpkin spice season and what is your favourite pumpkin spice recipe? Leave me a comment, I’d really love to know!
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