Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins

by Rachel on November 28, 2011

Gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Muffins

The difference between using gluten-free all-purpose flour and regular all-purpose flour in this sort of recipe is that these muffins don’t have quite the lift of regular muffins. You won’t taste any difference at all. The fall flavors of pumpkin and spices wipe out any hint of the gluten-free flour blend. Giving credit where credit is due, this recipe was entirely the doing of my eldest son. He’s turning into quite the weekend baker (isn’t that the way of all pre-teen boys? NOT). He is constantly encouraging me to try this or that new thing – nothing tried and true for this kid. We had our beloved friend Jen over for a visit – she of the excellent babysitting and travel skills. She’s newly gluten-free and pronounced these muffins, “complete PERFECTION.” I bet you’ll like them whether you eat gluten-free or not.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins (makes 12 muffins)

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • One 15-oz can pumpkin (prefer organic)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease a muffin pan with 12 (½-cup) muffin cups. I find that vegetable spray (Pam) works far better than butter or oil to keep muffins from sticking inside muffin pans.

Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in a bowl.  Whisk together eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl until combined, then add butter, a little at a time, whisking until mixture is creamy.  Stir in pumpkin, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened. Pour batter into the muffin cups.

Bake until muffins are golden and a tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from pan and serve.

For all kinds of gluten-free recipes you might want to check out GlutenFreeGirl. She’s the queen of gluten-free cooking. My friend Susan over at TheUrbanBaker has a gluten-free pecan pie that I need to try soon. If you haven’t looked at her blog – you should. Her cooking sensibility is very similar to mine.

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susan November 28, 2011 at 8:45 am

nice to have another baker in the house as well as a gluten free expert to test the goods. love sharing this journey with you. so much more to come!

Rachel November 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’m not a gluten-free expert but I have a number of very close friends who have celiac disease and who have encouraged me to dip my toes in the gluten-free waters. It turns out to be less challenging than I thought – at least today with all of the new products on the market. Twenty years ago it was a real bear.

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