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Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Pumpkin gingerbread muffins with lemon glaze are gluten free, dairy free, and naturally sweetened — the perfect muffins for the holiday season! They are packed with pumpkin, warm spices and molasses for that gingerbread taste!

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In this batch of muffins, I used regular molasses, not blackstrap which is why they are lighter in color.

If you’re like me and not quite ready to give up on pumpkin after Halloween or Thanksgiving, whip up a batch of these healthy pumpkin gingerbread muffins made with simple ingredients in December! Molasses and ginger give them extra holiday flavor and that classic gingerbread taste. I say pumpkin season is truly year-round!

Made gluten and dairy free with a blend of almond and oat flour, these healthy pumpkin gingerbread muffins will hit the spot alongside a cup of coffee on a chilly December morning. The citrus glaze is totally optional, but it definitely adds a little extra flavor and bright sweetness.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

Pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, ginger and molasses come together for a perfectly spiced muffin that marries the flavors of fall and winter! The blend of almond and oat flour in this recipe give the muffins an extra fluffy and soft texture that I know you’ll love as much as I do!

One tip to keep in mind when you’re baking any type of muffins is to not over mix the batter. The batter should be mixed together just so and you should still see some lumps. At that point you can start portioning out the batter into the individual muffin tins.

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Nutrition Benefits of Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin puree is a great source of a lot of vitamins and minerals which is one of the many reasons I love cooking and baking with it all fall long! It’s super versatile, adding flavor and texture to both sweet and savory foods — not many other fruits and vegetables can say the same.

Maybe you’ve noticed that a lot of gingerbread flavored treats contain molasses, but what is molasses and is it good for you? Let’s find out!

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What is Molasses and is it Healthy?

Blackstrap molasses is a byproduct of sugar cane’s refining process. Sugar cane is mashed to create juice, and then boiled once to create cane syrup. A second boiling creates molasses.

Blackstrap molasses has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product and is actually packed with vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, B6 and selenium. It’s also digested slower than other sweeteners, which is good for blood sugar balance. Known for giving gingerbread its distinctive taste, you can use it in other ways too like a glaze for chicken!

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Ingredients for almond flour gingerbread muffins

Here’s everything you will need to make these pumpkin gingerbread muffins with lemon glaze!

  • blanched almond flour
  • oat flour (gluten free if preferred)whole-wheat pastry flour can be substituted for oat flour. Note, whole-wheat pastry flour is not gluten free.
  • blackstrap molassesmolasses is what gives these muffins that gingerbread flavor. You can definitely use regular molasses vs. blackstrap. Your muffins will come out lighter in color when using regular molasses.
  • pumpkin pureeas with any of my pumpkin recipes, be sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling! I love using Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin in all of my pumpkin recipes.
  • maple syrup
  • unsweetened almond milk or other milk of choice
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • lemon juice
  • lemon zest or orange zest
  • coconut oil
  • baking soda
  • confectioners sugar

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How to Make The Glaze

Making the lemony glaze for these gluten free gingerbread muffins is super easy! All you need to do is mix together the confectioners sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.

You want the consistency to be thin enough to drizzle on top of each muffin. If your icing is too thick add a little more almond milk, if it’s too thin, add more confectioners sugar. I love grating fresh lemon or orange zest into the glaze as well to add more fresh, bright flavor.

The rind of citrus fruits also contains vitamin C so you can feel good knowing you’re getting a little more of that too!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Extra flavorful and fluffy, you'll love this festive gingerbread spin on a classic pumpkin muffin! Made gluten free with simple ingredients, these muffins are the perfect healthier treat to bake up in December. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

For the muffins: 

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp.fresh lemon juice

for the lemon glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • fresh lemon or orange zest

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with liners and spray the inside of the liners with nonstick cooking spray so the muffins do not stick.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, almond flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and baking soda.
  • In a separate large bowl, mix together eggs, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla extract, almond milk, coconut oil and lemon juice until smooth and well combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon stir until just combined.
  • Divide batter evenly in each muffin tin. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
  • While the muffins are baking whisk together the ingredients for the lemon maple glaze. It should be thick enough to drizzle. If too thick, add a little more lemon juice or almond milk to thin it out. 
  • Remove muffins from the oven and let cool. Use a fork to drizzle icing on top of each. Top with extra pumpkin pie spice and fresh lemon or orange zest. Enjoy! 
Keyword pumpkin muffins; pumpkin gingerbread muffins; gingerbread muffins; gluten free pumpkin muffins

This recipe was originally posted in November of 2020 and updated in December 2021.

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Nutritious Treats

Healthy Whole-Grain Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

Whole-grain blueberry pumpkin muffins are spiced just right, with blueberries in every bite! Made with simple ingredients, including canned pumpkin and fresh blueberries, they make for a nutritious breakfast or snack any time of year.

July is National Blueberry Month, but let’s be honest, the celebration should be all year-long because there are endless ways to incorporate blueberries for a delicious pop of flavor, nutrition, and boost of blue! If you’re following along on Instagram, then you know this week is #BLUEBERRYWEEK where I’m sharing different ways to incorporate blueberries in meals and snacks. 

A classic way to enjoy blueberries are in blueberry muffins. For this blueberry muffin recipe, I’m putting a pumpkin spin on it perfect for summer or fall!

Topped with a cinnamon crumb topping and packed with blueberries in every bite with hints of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, they’ll be your new favorite way to use blueberries.

I’m excited to partner with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council on this recipe that combines my love for all things pumpkin and blueberries! I always have a carton of blueberries in my fridge and a can of pumpkin in my pantry, so these muffins are truly the best of both worlds! 

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Blueberry Nutrition 

one-cup serving of blueberries delivers crave-worthy flavor and beneficial vitamins and minerals, including four essential nutrients –  vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and fiber – and phytonutrients.  

Just one serving provides 16 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. As you may know, vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports a healthy immune system, helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and helps the body to absorb iron from plant-based foods. The body also needs vitamin C to make collagen. 

A growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that blueberries can be part of eating patterns to improve cardiovascular health and support brain health, especially as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. This is super exciting because blueberries are so easy to incorporate into the diet. 

Besides washing, they require zero preparation, which makes them an ideal snack, especially when you’re pressed for time. Simply rinse and go! Here are a few ways I like incorporating a boost of blue into my diet daily: 

  • Sprinkling on top of oatmeal & yogurt
  • Simply grabbing a handful right out of the fridge!
  • Making a homemade trail mix with dried blueberries, chocolate chips and walnuts
  • Adding frozen blueberries to a smoothie to make it extra thick and creamy
  • Adding a handful to a grain bowl with quinoa and greens

Check out this post to learn more about the nutrition benefits of blueberries and get inspired so you can incorporate them into snacks and meals! 

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Frozen Blueberries 

Are frozen blueberries just as nutritious? Yes! Frozen blueberries are a convenient and cost-effective way to help you eat nutritiously. They’re frozen at the peak of freshness, locking in their healthy goodness. And just like fresh blueberries, frozen blueberries are a good source of fiber. Having frozen blueberries on hand is a huge time-saver since you can buy them well in advance of using them. 

Ingredients for whole-grain pumpkin blueberry muffins 

  • Blueberries – You might be wondering; can you use frozen blueberries in baking? The answer is yes. You can use fresh or frozen in this recipe!
  • Pumpkin puree Pumpkin adds a beautiful texture and flavor to these muffins. Pumpkin puree can also act as a replacement for eggs in baked goods. 
  • Whole-wheat pastry flour
  • Eggs
  • Coconut oil
  • Light brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Nutmeg
  • Baking powder 
  • Salt

How to Make Pumpkin Blueberry Bread with this Muffin Batter

You can easily turn these muffins into a pumpkin blueberry loaf simply by lowering the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and increasing the cook time to 50-55 minutes. I recommend using an 8X5 loaf pan. 

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Healthy Whole-Grain Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Pumpkin blueberry muffins will be your new favorite spin on a pumpkin muffin! Pumpkin spiced just right with blueberries in every bite, they're fluffy and fun for fall or summer!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • for the muffin batter:
  • 2 cups + 1 tbsp. whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil melted
  • ¼ cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 ¼ cup blueberries

For the crumb topping:

  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tin with muffin liners. Spray the liners with cooking spray to prevent muffins from sticking.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, coconut oil, milk, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the whole-wheat pastry flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir together with a wooden spoon, being careful not to over mix.
  • Coat blueberries with 1 tbsp. of flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the batter and fold into mixture.
  • Make the crumb topping by combining the flour, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and melted butter. Use your hands or a fork to mix until crumb pieces begin to form.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter among the muffin tins and sprinkle crumb topping over each one.
  • Bake for approximately 25 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean with just a few crumbs attached to indicate doneness.
  • Enjoy once cooled and store covered in the fridge for maximum freshness!
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Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffins

Pumpkin morning glory muffins are bursting with nutrition, texture and flavor and are made with pumpkin, apple, and zucchini!

They are the muffins you never knew you needed, with pumpkin, zucchini and apple all rolled into one delicious baked good! They’re perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning or slathered with almond butter as a snack!

These muffins are grain free and made with almond flour, eggs, pumpkin, zucchini, apple and sweetened with maple syrup. I often crave a baked good in the morning but don’t want something that is overly sugary or sweet. Luckily, these muffins are lightly sweetened and help me get more fruits in at breakfast!

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There are many renditions of morning glory muffins. Some with carrots, and raisins and some with walnuts and coconut. Those things can totally be added into this batter! I choose to keep this batch simple, but that didn’t stop me from drizzling almond butter all over them when they were still warm out of the oven!

The pumpkin seeds on top give these muffins a nice crunch. It may not be fall yet, but one bite of these muffins and you’ll be excited for more pumpkin goodies to come!

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Pumpkin, zucchini and apples all contain vitamins, minerals and fiber that we need in our diet daily. All three fruits (yes, pumpkin and zucchini are technically fruits!) contain vitamin C, A and potassium. They are also all a good source of fiber, nutrient that most of us don’t get enough of on a daily basis!

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If you love a good baked good with pumpkin, be sure to check out this recipe for gluten free pumpkin chickpea blondies and theses paleo pumpkin zucchini banana muffins!

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Grain Free Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffins

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Made with delicious and nutritious ingredients you'll want to start every week with a warm batch of these pumpkin morning glory muffins! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 11 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup*
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini squeezed of excess moisture with a paper towel (really squeeze!)
  • 1 large apple I originally used a honey crisp washed and cut into thin strips, and then diced (to still get little apple pieces)
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger pealed and grated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds pepitas for sprinkling on top
  • optional mix-ins: walnuts pecans, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions
 

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin, or line it with papers and spray the insides of the papers.
  • 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • 3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, zucchini, apples, ginger, and vanilla until combined.
  • 4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined -- don't over mix!
  • 5. Use an ice cream scoop or a small measuring cup to scoop batter into muffin tins. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top. 
  • 6. Bake for 28-30 minutes. Remove from oven, use a knife to loosen them from the muffin pan if needed. Let cool and enjoy! 
  • 7. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week in an airtight container. 
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Notes

* Can substitute coconut sugar or brown sugar if needed. 

XOXO

Maggie

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