Have you been craving some pumpkin spice treats that are GAPS legal? These GAPS pumpkin muffins are just the thing!
We celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday not long ago, and we made these pumpkin muffins to celebrate. Since her birthday is in the fall, we often do pumpkin recipes for her birthday treats. When she turned one, we made little pumpkin pies.
Are pumpkin muffins healthy?
These ones are! They are so wholesome you could eat them for a nourishing breakfast.
Some of my favorite toppings are butter, ghee, and homemade raw milk sour cream. This sour cream yogurt recipe is also perfect. You could also do coconut whipped cream, or real raw whipped cream if you’re not strictly on the GAPS diet.
How to make healthy pumpkin muffins
I wanted to make pumpkin muffins this year, so I came up with this recipe. My son is on the GAPS diet right now, so I wanted to make them grain free so that he could enjoy them, too. They were a hit!
For another healthy dessert option that can be easily adapted to be GAPS legal, check out this lemon mousse recipe.
Pumpkin muffins with coconut flour
On the gaps diet, grains and many sweeteners aren’t allowed. These pumpkin muffins use honey as the sweetener, and are grain free. I’ve included some coconut flour in the recipe.
Pumpkin is a wonderful thing to use in baked goods, because it keeps them moist. To me, these GAPS pumpkin muffins are like a combination of muffins and pumpkin pie. Super yummy!
How long to bake pumpkin muffins
I like to bake these GAPS pumpkin muffins for 45 minutes. I’ve also made the mini muffin size, which my kids love. I bake the mini ones for 25 minutes.
You don’t want to bake them too long, or else they might get dry. I know they’re done when I press lightly on the top, and they spring back.
How to store pumpkin muffins
These GAPS pumpkin muffins are super nutritious, which also means they aren’t super shelf stable. By the way, that is one of the ways you know a food is really going to do you some good when you eat it: it actually goes bad at room temperature!
I usually let these pumpkin muffins sit out at room temperature for the first day, and then refrigerate them after that. I’ve never had them last longer than a few days, but I think their shelf life is probably around 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator.
GAPS pumpkin muffins directions
- 29 oz. canned pumpkin
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup melted fat (coconut oil, butter, ghee, etc.)
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350º F
- Mix together pumpkin, eggs, melted fat, honey, and vanilla extract.
- Add dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
- Scoop mixture into muffin tin, filling cups about 3/4 to almost full.
- Bake for 45 minutes (mini muffins bake for 25 minutes) until tops spring back when lightly touched.
- Top with ghee, butter, sour cream, or whipped cream.
GAPS pumpkin muffins video
What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?
Is it something that can be adapted for the GAPS diet? If you have favorite recipes that you’d like me to figure how to make GAPS legal, share them in the comments!
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