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Vegan Chickpea Flour Pumpkin Muffins {Grain-Free, Oil-Free}

Grain-free, oil-free, nut-free and vegan chickpea flour pumpkin muffins made in one bowl! They are moist, tender, and fragrant with pumpkin pie spice.

A Healthy New Take on Pumpkin Muffins

It was tough. Much as I wanted to share some pumpkin recipes, I forced myself to delay until Labor Day came and went.

I made it! Prepare for a full-tilt pumpkin launch, everyone :). I love pumpkin just that much.

First up? How about some super-simple (make that 1-bowl, 3 minutes of preparation simple) pumpkin muffins!

Recipe Benefits

These muffins just happen to be:

  • Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
  • Grain-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Oil-free
  • Nut-free
  • A mere 94 calories apiece

Most of all, they are delectable!

Grain-Free Egg-Free Muffins Made with Chickpea Flour

Chickpea flour is the answer to how these perfect little muffins can be grain-free, nut-free and vegan. It’s a wonder-flour, if ever there was one.

Like my zucchini chickpea flour muffins, this recipe is oil-free, yet still moist, tender, and rich with nutritious fats thanks to a combination of plenty of vegetables (in this case, pumpkin) and flaxseed meal (hello, healthy omega-3 fatty acids).

Making them is a breeze. In a single bowl, combine chickpea flour, flaxseed meal, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. Add the  pumpkin, some water and vanilla, and then whisk or stir until the batter is completely smooth.

Divide the batter between 8 lined cups of a standard muffin tin (they will be about 1/2 to 2/3 full). Be sure to use all 8 cups; the muffins will not rise properly if the cups are filled too full. 

Another tip: I find that pumpkin muffins (of all varieties, not just grain-free, vegan ones) tend to stick to the paper or foil liners. My solution? Give the interiors of the liners a spritz of cooking spray (sides and bottom) before filling with batter.

If you like, add some crunch by sprinkling the tops with a few pepitas (green pumpkin seeds).

After a brief bake in a 350F oven, you have some seriously autumnal muffins for the day (or week) ahead!

You will want to grab and eat one immediately, but resist: let them cool (completley) on a wire rack before digging in.

I predict you will make these muffins multiple times, so have fun experimenting with add-ins, if you like. My favorites are dried cranberries, and miniature dark chocolate chips. Yum.

Happy baking, all!

More Pumpkin Recipes to Love:

  1. Chickpea Flour Pumpkin Cookies {vegan, grain-free}
  2. Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Cups
  3. Pumpkin Almond Flour Cookies {vegan, grain-free}
  4. Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars {vegan, no-bake}
  5. Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding Cups {vegan, grain-free}
  6. Vegan Pumpkin Almond Flour Biscotti {keto option}
  7. 3-Ingredient Black Bean Pumpkin Soup {vegan, oil-free}
  8. Vegan Pumpkin Hemp Heart Cheesecake {nut-free, no-bake}
Yield: 8 muffins

Vegan Chickpea Flour Pumpkin Muffins {grain-free, oil-free}

Vegan Chickpea Flour Pumpkin Muffins {grain-free, oil-free}

Grain-free, oil-free, nut-free and vegan pumpkin muffins, prepared in one bowl with ease! Made with chickpea flour, they are moist, tender, and fragrant with pumpkin pie spice.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (120 g) chickpea flour (sifted, if lumpy)
  • 1/4 cup (36 g) coconut palm sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (21 g) flaxseed meal (or ground chia seeds)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) canned, unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) water
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional: 2 to 3 tablespoons pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line 8 cups of a standard size muffin pan with paper or foil liners. (Optional: spritz the interior of the liners with cooking spray to prevent sticking--see note).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, coconut sugar, flaxseed meal, pumpkin pie spice and salt, breaking up any and all lumps in the chickpea flour.
  3. Add the pumpkin, water and vanilla to chickpea mixture, stirring until well-blended.
  4. Divide batter evenly between the 8 prepared muffin cups (do not overfill, use all 8 cups). If desired, sprinkle tops with a few pepitas.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 17 minutes until tops are firm to the touch, and a toothpick inserted near the center of a muffin comes out with only moist crumbs attached

Notes

Storage: Store the completely cooled muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Tip: Pumpkin muffins tend to stick to the paper or foil liners. To prevent this, give the interiors of the liners a spritz of cooking spray (sides and bottom) before filling with batter

Sweetener Options: An equal amount of your favorite granular or liquid sweetener can be used in place of the coconut sugar. If using a liquid sweetener, decrease the total amount of water to 1/4 cup (60 mL).

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving Calories 91Total Fat 1.7gSaturated Fat 0.3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 167mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 3.3gSugar 8.3gProtein 3.7g

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Victoria

Monday 6th of September 2021

These are great! Moist and delicious! I didn't have pumpkin so used butternut squash. Added chocolate chips and pecans! My new go to muffin recipe!

Camilla

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Yay, I am so glad they were a success, Victoria!

Dee

Thursday 5th of August 2021

Made these today and kids and I enjoyed them. They're super easy to make. You don't taste the chickpea as you often do when using the flour for other baked goods but I also added an extra half teaspoon of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of molasses. Kids liked them straight out of the oven but I liked them after they cooled. I'd make them again, maybe tomorrow even!

Camilla

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

That's fantastic, Dee! So glad the kids enjoyed them, too :) xo

Dee

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Can I make this recipe in a pan? If yes, what size is suitable?

Camilla

Friday 14th of May 2021

This should work well in a 9-inch square baking pan (or a 9 or 10 inch round pan) (bake 10 minutes longer to start). A loaf pan will be less successful (it will not rise as well when the batter is too deep)

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