Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping are a delightful fall treat. Pumpkin pie spice lends warm flavor to these cozy muffins and that topping makes them simply irresistible. 

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with Streussel Topping - healthy pumpkin muffins that are refined sugar-free

Election Day.

Today is a nerve-wracking day for everyone. You may feel your fate lives outside of yourself. Is that really true?

Rather than allowing ourselves to get carried away with fear and anxiety, our energy is best served turning inward. 

What can I do to improve my well-being today?

Is there something I can do to help someone?

What is really, truly important when I zoom out?

A few simple questions and some deep breathing may be all it takes to bring ourselves back to peace and to recognize: life is a journey, and it doesn’t need to be controlled.

Surrender isn’t for the weak. It’s for the courageous. When we allow life to be as it is, we’re receptive to its lessons. If we try to resist, that which we resist persists.

So we can take a collective moment, you and me, to take a deep breath, exhale out our need for control, really take a look around and find something beautiful we can appreciate.

You are your own leader.

And streusel topping always improves a muffin. Always. That is a fact.

So if you’re game for another pumpkin treat, if you’re like me and you stress-bake-and-share, I’m here for you.

Let us bake.

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins:

Pumpkin Puree: Canned pumpkin is what gives this bread that warm fall flavor, a natural sweetness and creaminess.

Eggs: Eggs make these healthy pumpkin muffins nice and fluffy and keep them held together nicely.

Butter: The fat that makes a muffin ultra moist! The butter also reacts with the baking soda to leaven the muffins. You can replace it with your favorite oil (I’d recommend coconut oil or avocado oil) to keep the muffins dairy-free. 

Pure Vanilla Extract: Optional but always recommended in bread and cookies to give that familiar warm flavor.

Gluten-Free Flour: The base of these pumpkin muffins is gluten-free all-purpose flour. I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour for this recipe. I’m confident Pamela’s and King Arthur’s gluten-free blends will work great too, but I haven’t tested the recipe with them yet.

Coconut Sugar (or raw cane sugar): Used to sweeten! Coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index than cane sugar, resulting in a sweet treat without spiking your blood sugar. Coconut sugar also has a natural caramel-nutty flavor, which is a lovely pairing for fall treats. If you don’t have coconut sugar on hand, you can also use raw cane sugar, brown sugar, or granulated cane sugar. You can also use a sugar-free sweetener to make the bread sugar-free.

Pumpkin Pie Spice: Pumpkin pie spice is what gives anything that iconic pumpkin flavor. A pumpkin bread without the pumpkin pie spice is just a little bland. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, no worries – you can make your own blend. Use 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, ½ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cloves (or all spice), and ½ tsp ground nutmeg.

Baking Soda & Sea Salt: For leavening and for flavor! Baking soda helps the muffins rise AND holds them together. The sea salt enhances the flavor of all of the ingredients and helps them taste sweet without the need for more sugar. Don’t skip either one!

Streusel Topping (Optional): The streusel topping for these muffins is optional, but recommended! It is a combination of gluten-free flour, cinnamon, sugar (or coconut sugar), melted butter, and sea salt. The result is a sweet and buttery crumb topping that adds nice texture and flavor.

How to Make Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tray with papers (note: this recipe makes 15 to 18 muffins depending on your size preference, so you’ll need to make two batches).

Whisk the pureed pumpkin, eggs, melted butter, and pure vanilla extract together in a mixing bowl until well-combined.

Mix the wet ingredients for pumpkin muffins

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and sea salt and stir until well-combined.

Mix the wet ingredients for pumpkin muffins

Pour the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet pumpkin mixture and mix until a thick dough forms and everything is combined.

Mix the dry ingredients in the muffin batter

Pumpkin muffin batter

In a small bowl, stir together the ingredients for the streusel topping.

Mix streusel topping in a bowl

Fill the muffin holes with the muffin batter and top with streusel topping.

Gluten-free pumpkin muffins

Gluten-free pumpkin muffins with streusel

Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until muffins are golden-brown on top and test clean.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with Streussel Topping - healthy pumpkin muffins that are refined sugar-free

Allow muffins to cool at least 1 hour before unwrapping and eating.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with Streussel Topping - healthy pumpkin muffins that are refined sugar-free

For an ultra delicious muffin, drizzle with honey when they are fresh out of the oven.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Add ¼ to ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the streusel topping, OR add ⅔ cup chopped nuts to the muffin batter.
  • Add ⅔ cup chocolate chips to the muffin batter.

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Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with Streussel Topping - healthy pumpkin muffins that are refined sugar-free

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond butter, banana muffins, coconut sugar, gluten free, healthy, pumpkin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 muffins
Author: Julia

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with streusel topping are moist, fluffy fall treats that are refined sugar-free

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Ingredients

Streusel Topping:

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tray with papers (note: this recipe makes 15 to 18 muffins depending on your size preference, so you’ll need to make two batches).

  2. Whisk the pureed pumpkin, eggs, melted butter, and pure vanilla extract together in a mixing bowl until well-combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and sea salt and stir until well-combined.

  4. Pour the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet pumpkin mixture and mix until a thick dough forms and everything is combined.

  5. In a small bowl, stir together the ingredients for the streusel topping.

  6. Fill the muffin holes with the muffin batter and top with streusel topping.

  7. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until muffins are golden-brown on top and test clean.

  8. Allow muffins to cool at least 1 hour before unwrapping and eating.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with Streussel Topping - healthy pumpkin muffins that are refined sugar-free

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  1. Shirley

    Today will be a pivotal day. I hope the extreme factions remain civil. If they were home making pumpkin muffins, we would have a much more peaceful transition!

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  2. Stephanie

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t been cooking and baking all throughout the quarantine. But nothing has inspired me until THIS!!!! I love love love Panera’s Pumpkin Spice muffin tops, but I am now living gluten free so they are a ‘no go’. But this! I can’t wait to get in the kitchen to try this. It’s the streusel topping that hooked me.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Ohh that’s a great question. I’ve actually never used a GF blend without xanthan so I’m not too sure how it would work out. I read one should use 1/2 tsp xanthan gum for every 1 cup of flour used. So if you have some on hand, I would add 1 tsp. If you don’t, try adding 1/2 tsp baking powder. Let me know how it turns out! xoxo

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