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:


GF Pumpkin Spice Muffin Bites

Kate Bro
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 48 mini muffins


  • mini muffin pan


Muffin Batter

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup milk
  • cup oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground gloves
  • 4 cups Pamela's baking mix or other all purpose GF flour


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 TBS cinnamon


  • Whisk together egg, vanilla, & brown sugar until creamy. Add in pumpkin, milk, & oil.
  • Next add the spices {baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, & cloves} and thoroughly mix. Stir in flour gradually.
  • 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!}
  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • While oven is preheating, coat 2 mini muffin pans with cooking spray & mix sugar with cinnamon for coating.
  • Using two teaspoons, take scoops of the chilled batter and roll in coating mixture
  • 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.
  • 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.


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


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