Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins

As I was pondering what to make for our family Christmas gathering, I remembered that I still had a can of pumpkin in our pantry that I had neglected to use for Thanksgiving. I read a few variations on pumpkin breads & “donuts” etc, and decided I’d just figure out exactly what I wanted to do as I went {I’m pretty sure baking is the only arena where I don’t obsessively plan ahead :)}. One of the ideas I came across used a mini muffin pan to create bite size treats, so I knew that I wanted to do that, and I also knew that I wanted to sugar coat these babies…. so here’s what I ended up doing:


Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffin Bites
Yields 48
Weight Watchers: SmartPoints - 3 PointsPlus - 2
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
90 calories
17 g
4 g
2 g
1 g
0 g
34 g
29 g
6 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90
Calories from Fat 17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg
Sodium 29mg
Total Carbohydrates 17g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Pumpkin Mixture
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 can [15 oz] plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  5. 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  6. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  10. 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  11. 1 teaspoon allspice
  12. 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  13. 4 cups Pamela's baking mix (or other all-purpose gf flour)
  1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  1. Whisk together egg, vanilla, & brown sugar until creamy. Add in pumpkin, milk, & oil.
  2. Next add the spices {baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, & cloves} and thoroughly mix. Stir in flour gradually.
  3. Place in the fridge to cool for 30 min. {I always hate when I get to a step like this in a recipe, BUT it makes the dough a lot easier to work with, so here it is!}
  4. Preheat the oven to 350
  5. While oven is preheating, coat 2 mini muffin pans with cooking spray & mix sugar with cinnamon for coating.
  6. Using two teaspoons, take scoops of the chilled batter and roll in coating mixture
  7. After the scoop is completely coated, drop the coated pumpkin dough into the mini muffin pan - use spoon to gently smooth any "cracking" areas. Finally,sprinkle the top of each muffin with extra sugar mixture.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  1. Tip: To make a 'healthier' version, simply skip the sugar coating!
  2. You can also make these as regular muffins, just increase baking time to around 18-22 minutes.
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I of course sampled one when they came out of the oven {as did Wes} and we both agree they’re a win. The bottom of the muffins almost have a caramelized affect from the sugar, and the top was slightly crunch. Nom nom nom. Very good!
What are your other favorite “pumpkin” recipes?? I’m pretty sure this is the only time I’ve ever used it other than for making pumpkin pie, but I’d love to hear more ideas 🙂

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 Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins

Kate Alyse

Kate Alyse

Kate is a proud mama to six amazing little sweeties {through birth + adoption} and wife to the best husband a girl could ask for! She considers herself blessed to be able to stay home with the kids, and is just starting to get into the world of homeschooling. In her "spare-time" she enjoys sharing many of the projects, stories, and gluten-free recipes that are a part of their every day lives!
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