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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Low-calorie, Healthy Pumpkin Muffins are made without butter, oil, or flour! These naturally gluten-free pumpkin muffins are moist, flavorful, and perfectly pumpkin spiced.
Course Breakfast, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy pumpkin muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 9 muffins
Calories 219kcal
Cost $3.76

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (222g) canned pumpkin (See Note 1)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 -4 tablespoons light brown sugar (See Note 2)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon oat flour (regular oats that have been blended) (See Note 3)
  • 1/2 cup (83g) dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9 cavities in a muffin pan with nonstick spray; do not use muffin liners with these; they stick to the liners. Press excess liquid out of the pumpkin with paper towels.
  • WET INGREDIENTS: Combine the pumpkin, honey, brown sugar (See Note 2), vanilla, and egg in a bowl. Beat until combined.
  • DRY INGREDIENTS: In another bowl, stir together the salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, and oat flour.
  • MIX TO COMBINE: Add the dry to the wet, mixing until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • BAKE: Divide the mixture evenly among 9 muffin cavities and place a few (3-4) extra chocolate chips on top if desired. Bake for 19-24 minutes or until the tops of the muffins look dry (not gooey) (My oven takes 23 minutes). Remove and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes and then remove them from the muffin pan onto a cooling rack.
  • STORAGE: Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature. Muffins are best when used within 1-2 days.

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Notes

Note 1: Use high-quality pumpkin that isn't overly watered down (I prefer Libby's). Make sure to use pure canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling. Note that this recipe only uses 1 cup of pumpkin, not the entire can!
Note 2: If you aren't used to healthier baked goods, use 4-6 tablespoons brown sugar in these muffins. I typically use a packed 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup)
Note 3: Oat flour is just old-fashioned or quick oats that have been blended in a food processor or blender until they reach the consistency of flour. Make sure to measure the oat flour AFTER blending, not before. Level the measuring cups after being completely filled with oat flour (don't loosely measure).

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4121IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg