Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Some foods were just meant to go together, like macaroni and cheese or peanut butter and jelly.

This fall I came across a recipe for pumpkin bread which sounded so delicious that I simply had to try modifying it to be allergen-free.

One thing I’ve discovered in gluten-free baking is that often smaller pastries & bread do better texture-wise, so I converted the recipe from pumpkin loaves to pumpkin muffins.

And just because pumpkin and chocolate belong together like eggs and ham, I tossed in a few chocolate chips for good measure.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and nut-free. Recipe makes approximately 24 muffins.

2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 baking powder egg (1 tablespoon oil, 2 tablespoons water, and 2 teaspoons baking powder mixed well)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 can (15 oz) canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (make sure they are allergen free)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 24 muffin holders. In bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, mace, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum.

Blend together the baking powder egg, applesauce, oil, and water with a mixer. Add in the sugar and pumpkin until thoroughly combined.

Spoon in the dry ingredient mixture into the liquid ingredients and mix at medium speed until a smooth batter forms. Gently stir or mix in the chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Muffins

Divide batter into muffin tins and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Pumpkin Muffins
Let cool in tins for 10 minutes and then transfer muffins to a wire rack.


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  • Kari November 9, 2013   Reply →

    I just made these, the texture is wonderful. However, my initial worry was that they would be super salty and baking soda-y… and they are. Is there any way to cut back on the baking soda? Will the recipe work with less? Thank 5ou for the recipe and for all of your hard work. I hope my concern did not offend you.

  • Aaress Lawless November 9, 2013   Reply →

    Hi Kari,

    Thanks for your comment and so sorry you had trouble with the recipe. I’ve never noticed a problem with the baking soda amount in this recipe, but you can certainly try scaling it back. I don’t know if they will rise as high, but you can try using only 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. If you still notice a baking soda taste (which I know is awful from other recipes), try using only 1 teaspoon total. Hope that helps!

  • Kari November 9, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you, Aaress! I just tried adding in a little more sugar and the chocolate chips.(I made a test one without the chocolate chips) I’ll see how it works out. I appreciate your response.

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