Tender, scrumptious, and nutritious - these Paleo Pumpkin Muffins are ridiculously easy to make, gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free making them perfect for most people.
You are going to love these healthy pumpkin muffins!
In this post we're going over the ingredients in paleo pumpkin muffins and substitutions, how to make paleo pumpkin muffins, how to store paleo pumpkin muffins, and we're sharing more of our favorite paleo recipes.
For more desserts and sweet treats check out my Gluten-Free Desserts.
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
Whether you want to call them Paleo Pumpkin Muffins, or Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins, these gluten-free pumpkin muffins are loaded with pumpkin and chocolate chips and they will rock your mornings.
This paleo pumpkin muffin recipe takes less then 10 minutes to whip up and only 22 minutes to bake up.
You are going to love how easy these healthy pumpkin muffins are to make!
These Paleo Pumpkin Muffins are a spin off of my famous Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins. I had planned on posting them last year but didn't get around to it.
With so many pumpkin recipes being shared, I saved them for this fall hoping to talk you into adding them into your breakfast rotation.
I named them Paleo Pumpkin Muffins instead of Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins because the pumpkin spice is optional.
Not everyone likes pumpkin spice but they like the added benefits of pumpkin in their baked goods.
You can choose to add in the pumpkin spice or leave it out of these Paleo Pumpkin Muffins.
Ingredients in Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
Almond Flour - A finely milled almond flour is the best to use when baking these paleo pumpkin muffins.
Salt - Salt helps bring out the other flavors.
Baking Soda - This leavener helps the muffins rise.
Coconut Oil - I like the light flavor of coconut oil in these muffins. We also like avocado oil. Melted and cooled butter can be used as well.
Maple Syrup - We're using maple syrup to sweeten these muffins, but pure honey also works.
Eggs - For added protein and fat, and to hold everything together. Eggs also help with texture.
Pumpkin Puree - Don't use pumpkin pie filling. You want plain pumpkin puree.
Pumpkin Spice - For flavor, spice, and the level up these muffins.
Vanilla Extract - Pure, high-quality vanilla extract works best.
If you have any questions about the ingredients in these paleo pumpkin muffins, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.
Are chocolate chips paleo?
Ah, I get that question often. If they are dark chocolate, high cocoa, and/or sugar-free, they are accepted in the paleo diet.
Many paleo food bloggers and recipe developers use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, and so do I. If you don't want to use chocolate chips you can leave them out or use cocao nibbs.
What chocolate chips are paleo?
- Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips are considered Paleo Friendly
- Lily's makes a keto and paleo friendly chocolate chip
- 90% dark chocolate, chopped
- Paleo Chocolate Chunks
You really want to look for brands that only use cocoa and sugar. Avoid cheaper brands of chocolate chips that have extra ingredients.
What can I use instead of almond flour?
I'm not sure. I designed this healthy pumpkin muffin recipe using almond flour. If you are allergic to nuts, or almonds you can make my Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread into muffins.
It's not paleo, but it is also a simple recipe to make and it's delicious, in my opinion.
When you first make this paleo pumpkin muffin recipe I recommend you make it as-is, with no substitutions, before you start changing it up.
I recommend this with every recipe so you can learn how the recipe works before you modify it.
Tips for working with almond flour
One thing to note about using almond flour is that it is NOT a 1-to-1 for gluten-free flour. It has a lot more protein and fat, and less starch, so it reacts differently in recipes.
It’s best stored in the refrigerator or freezer if you’re not going to use it up in a week or two.
Always bring Almond meal or flour to room temperature before baking with it. If you use it cold, it’ll absorb more of the liquid and your batter will be thicker than it should be.
And remember, because it’s made from almonds, it can go rancid, so keep track of when you opened the bag.
Almond meal and almond flour are not the same thing, they are processed differently and almond meal includes the almond skins.
This Paleo Pumpkin Muffin recipe works with both almond flour and almond meal.
How to make paleo pumpkin muffins
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Add in coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla extract and if desired, add in pumpkin spice.
- Mix until well combined.
- If desired, add in paleo friendly chocolate chips or paleo chopped chocolate.
- Stir until evenly incorporated.
- Spoon batter evenly into your paper liners and bake as directed
For the complete list of ingredients and instructions for this healthy pumpkin muffin recipe, please see the recipe below.
If you don't need to eat paleo you might like my gluten free pumpkin muffins recipe.
Can I use an egg replacer?
I haven’t tried using an egg replacer in this healthy pumpkin muffin recipe because of the amount of eggs that it calls for. I have had others comment on similar recipes that chia egg and flax egg worked well, but the muffins didn’t rise as much.
What can I use instead of Maple Syrup?
You can use honey, agave or a sugar free syrup in this healthy pumpkin muffin recipe in place of the maple syrup. Just note that the flavor will be different.
Maple syrup tends to be mild in flavor while still adding a touch of sweetness.
What other sweeteners can I use?
I haven't tested this, but I can assume that most other liquid paleo sweeteners will also work. I haven't tried liquid stevia in this recipe.
How long will paleo pumpkin muffins stay good?
I highly suggest eating these paleo pumpkin muffins within a few days. They will keep well for about 5 days in an air-tight container or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
More Paleo Recipes:
If you love these paleo pumpkin muffins, you might like more of our paleo recipes.
Paleo Apple Crisp - Learn how to make the perfect paleo apple crisp! With a crunchy sweet topping and tender, tart apples, this paleo apple crisp recipe is quick to make and its grain-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
Paleo Pumpkin Bread - This tender, flavorful paleo pumpkin bread is simple to make, and it only uses a handful of ingredients. The only question is, do you like to add chocolate chips to your almond flour pumpkin bread?
Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes - These Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes are tender, rich and packed with healthy fats and protein. Top these paleo almond flour cupcakes with your favorite paleo frosting or mine.
Paleo Cornbread - A corn-free paleo cornbread that's tender, flavorful and it actually tastes like cornbread. For anyone who is looking for a good grain-free cornbread recipe you're going to love how easy and delightful this almond flour cornbread is.
Paleo Pancakes - A Paleo Pancake Mix Recipe that is simple to make, a tried and true grain-free pancake recipe, and can be made right away, or stored for future use. Dairy-free, and refined-sugar free, these paleo pancakes are fluffy and the perfect start to any morning.
Paleo Banana Muffins - These scrumptious Paleo Banana Muffins are simple to make, and ready to devour in less than thirty minutes.
Paleo Apple Cake - One bowl paleo apple cake that's tender, rich with apples and cinnamon, and simple to make. This paleo apple cake recipe is also gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free.
Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins - Grain-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo friendly. These paleo chocolate zucchini muffins are tender, chocolaty, and perfect for breakfast or snack.
Looking for more breakfast treats that are healthy? Texan Erin has a lovely recipe for Paleo Apple Muffins. Looking to keep this completely sugar-free? These Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips are simple to make.
For another sugar-free pumpkin treat, try these Keto Pumpkin Bars.
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- 2 cups super fine almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled (or oil of choice)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional)
- ½ cup gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chips (or cocoa nibs)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Add in coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
- If desired, add in pumpkin spice.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon batter evenly into your paper liners.
- Bake for 22-24 minutes or until the center is set.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
- If you can't do maple syrup, you can use honey in this paleo pumpkin muffin recipe.
- Always spoon almond flour into your measuring cup, and then level it. Never scoop your measuring cup into the almond flour.
Serving Size:1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 6g