I have to admit something to you. I promised to share a great, healthy pumpkin recipe with you, and I have one, but I almost shared a not-so-great one.
I dove into the pumpkin madness over the weekend. I was craving a good bread or muffin so that’s what I attempted. I made a decent pumpkin bread with coconut flour. It was fine, but it lacked any real sweetness and the flour flavor was slightly funky. My family ate it, but no one was raving. But, in a moment of grand laziness, (also fueled by fear to fail again), I convinced myself that it was good enough recipe to share and I didn’t have to jump into the kitchen to find something better.
But, oh, I’m a perfectionist and there’s always that little voice in the back of my head that says “you can do better” and while I’m working to quiet that voice, this time it was right. I’ve never shared anything on here that I don’t absolutely love and I wasn’t going to start now. Back to the kitchen it was!
I really pride myself on teaching people that eating clean can be delicious. You don’t need all the junk to make it taste good. And you don’t have to settle on something that tastes bland just because it’s healthy. This was a lesson for myself to never settle on that idea. I knew there was a better recipe out there and I was suddenly determined to find it.
And, oh I did. These muffins are amazing. The response I got from my family was exactly what I wanted. The ooohs and the ahhhs were abundant in my kitchen last night! I am really excited and proud to share this recipe with you. Hope you enjoy it and I hope you never settle on “good enough” 🙂
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins
Yields 12 muffins
2 1/2 cups almond flour
2/3 cups pure pumpkin
2 T grass-fed butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 T maple syrup
4 T raw honey
1 T vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 T cinnamon
1 T pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a small pot over medium heat, melt coconut oil and butter and then let cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, honey, maple syrup, vanilla and oil and butter mixture.
In another bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinammon and pumpkin pie spice. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Add in chocolate chips and stir again.
Use muffin cups or a little coconut oil or butter to grease a muffin pan. Pour the mix into the pan about 2/3 full and cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.