A few weeks ago I brought a batch of vegan Apple Walnut Muffins for all my fellow students and my teacher at the yoga teacher training. They were excited to get a nice and healthy treat after pratcice and really loved the muffins – except for one of my yogi friends. She couldn’t have one, as she cannot eat gluten. (The muffins were made with regular whole wheat flour…) At least she took one home for her son, and told me afterwards that he really enjoyed his muffin
So – for tonight’s treat after practice, I made gluten free muffins! And they are vegan too! And they are also absolutely delicious! I couldn’t wait and test-tried one already for breakfast this morning
Pumpkin is in season and all over the place – so why not going for a gluten free, vegan version of the all so common Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, I thought. And so I came up with this recipe using gluten free flour (from Trader Joe’s), organic canned pumpkin puree, flax meal “eggs”, organic almond butter and dairy free chocolate chips. A bit cinnamon and nutmeg, and no sugar, but maple syrup…
I can’t wait to share these cuties with my yogi friends tonight after practice!
A gluten free and vegan version of the all so common Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin!
- 2 tablespoons ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water, let stand for 5 minutes
- 1 cup (240g) organic pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted almond butter
- ¼ cup (60ml) maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups (180g) gluten-free flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup (60g) (gluten free) mini chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (170 C). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin, or line with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, almond butter, maple syrup, and flax seed / water mixture until evenly incorporated.
Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt and whisk until smooth. Fold in 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
Fill the muffin cups 1/2-2/3 full. Sprinkle the tops with additional chocolate chips, if desired.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffins comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.