Blender Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Breads and Muffins  |  Published Apr 8, 2020  |  Updated Jun 16, 2020  |  By Tawnie

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Creating these Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Confession: The reason why these Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins are flourless is due to the fact my kitchen itself was flourless – haha!

What kind of a food blogger doesn’t have All-purpose flour in her kitchen?

Yeah, weird…I know. Using the food processor or blender and making oat flour works perfectly for this recipe though.

There muffins are a lightened up version of a typical muffin due to the Greek yogurt and using oats in place of All-purpose flour.

I used pepitas and dark chocolate for my toppings for an extra nutritional boost!

These gluten free muffins even have turmeric in them! Who says muffins can’t be healthy?! 🙂

gluten free pumpkin muffins freshly baked from the oven in a muffin tin

These muffins have been such a hit I can’t wait for your to try them too! I already can’t wait to make them again! 

What is Fall without a little (I mean A LOT) of pumpkin?!

Ingredients you need to make Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

all of the ingredients needed to make blender muffins
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 100% pumpkin, canned (not the pumpkin pie filling)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • Honey
  • Baking power
  • Baking soda
  • Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, turmeric, salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Dark chocolate chips

How to make Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

step by step photos of how to make pumpkin muffins in a food processor or blender
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F and spray muffin tin with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Using a food processor or powerful blender, pulse the oats for ~15 seconds.
  3. Then add in remaining ingredients (except pepitas and chocolate chips since those are mix ins/toppings). Blend until creamy smooth. Fold in the 3/4 cup chocolate chips, and reserve the rest to sprinkle on top.
  4. Scoop batter into muffin tins (I like using a cookie scoop with a squeeze handle for ease), filling about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with pepitas and chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in a muffin and it comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes before enjoying!

Why is pumpkin good for you anyways?

Pumpkin is a highly nutrient dense food, and is much more than just a cute prop to take a photo with at the pumpkin patch during Halloween!

It contains potassium, vitamin C and A, and antioxidants which may be of benefit in reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. 

gluten free pumpkin muffins topped with chocolate chips on a baking sheet

Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling

Check your label and be sure you are buying 100% canned pumpkin.

People often mix up pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling (or pumpkin pie mix) has been sweetened and has spices added like cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Muffins vs. mini muffins

This recipe makes 12 cupcake sized muffins OR 6 larger pumpkin muffins! See recipe below!

Is pumpkin good for weight loss?

Pumpkin is a great low calorie food. Many people think of it in baked goods, but it can also be used in delicious ways like in this Pistachio Pumpkin Soup!

SO my answer: maybe. It depends on so many other factors than just pumpkin alone. It’s a great food – maybe just don’t eat it in dessert form every time you choose to eat it 🙂

Can pumpkin be good for my skin?

It does have vitamin C and A which are antioxidants known to help soften and soothe skin!

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Blender Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

These muffins give you protein punch from Greek yogurt, filling fiber from pumpkin, and thanks to turmeric and fall spices, these are healthy and delicious!
5 from 5 reviews
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 191kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup 100% pumpkin, canned
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips about 3/4 to mix in the batter and the rest for topping!
  • Optional topping: pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425° F and spray muffin tin with non-stick baking spray.
  • Using a food processor or powerful blender, pulse the oats for ~15 seconds. Then add in remaining ingredients (except pepitas and chocolate chips since those are mix ins/toppings). Blend until creamy smooth. Fold in the 3/4 cup chocolate chips, and reserve the rest to sprinkle on top.
  • Scoop batter into muffin tins (I like using a cookie scoop with a squeeze handle for ease), filling about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with pepitas and chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in a muffin and it comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes before enjoying!

Video

Notes

  • Yields 12 muffins. 
  • I’ve also made these with 1/2 cup coconut flour and 1 1/2 cup oat flour and they turned out delicious! 
  • Adapted from Running with Spoons
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Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 191kcal

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Barbara
1 month ago

I made these tonight. They are ok. I put some peanut butter on top to add some flavor. Also Lily’s chips don’t melt.

Shruti
1 year ago

these are amazing and so moist! I halved the sugar and chips so I could eat them for breakfast. so good!

Maya
2 years ago

Delicious!!!! I love these, I used maple syrup instead of honey bc I was out and added a little sugar bc I like things sweeter but wow, so good!

Barbie Ensor
2 years ago

I made the muffins today. I changed the honey to 1/4 cup, added walnuts, and deleted the chocolate chips (just wasn’t into chocolate today). They were good!

5 years ago

These look super tasty (and so perfect for fall)!! I didn’t have all-purpose flour in my kitchen either until about 2 weeks ago, haha. You aren’t alone! Awesome that you figured out a flourless version for this though! :]

Lori
5 years ago

Absolutely love these! They freeze well and defrost nicely in the microwave.

Devonne Etcheverry
6 years ago

These were a big hit with my daughter (who can be very picky) and the people in my office! Can’t wait to make your pumpkin soup this week!

6 years ago

Muffins are a quick and fun breakfast or snack food in our home and I love to insert as many nourishing foods into them as possible! Thanks for this recipe!

ooh these look good! Bet my girls will love them and I love the protein boost from the yogurt!

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