These moist gluten-free pumpkin muffins are loaded with chocolate chips…and even better? They freeze well; you can make a double batch! If you want that perfect muffin to make this fall, you need to try my easy recipe!

Pumpkin muffins cooling on a rack.

It may be a little early, but I can’t resist sharing my newest gluten-free pumpkin muffin recipe with you. One of the best things about these pumpkin muffins is they are light and fluffy. I don’t like dense muffins, and I worked really hard to give you all of my tips and tricks so your muffins stay light and fluffy!

These muffins are so good, and you will never believe they have a lot of pumpkin puree in them!! These gluten free, dairy-free pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are really easy to make! If you want a couple more stellar pumpkin recipes, try this Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bundt Cake or this Gluten-Free Pumpkin Caramel Loaf.

These easy pumpkin muffins make a delicious snack and are healthy enough for a grab-and-go breakfast. Here are my kids’ favorite gluten-free muffin recipes.

Allergen Information:

These homemade pumpkin muffins are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. This recipe does call for almond flour. If want a nut-free option, substitute 1/4 additional gluten free flour blend instead of the almond flour.

If you love baked pumpkin recipes as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my yummy Gluten Free Pumpkin Recipes!

Roasted pumpkin wedges.

First, let’s talk about pumpkin puree. I used canned organic pumpkin to make this muffin recipe. You can also use a non-organic pumpkin puree, but ensure it doesn’t have pumpkin spice. It is very easy to make your own pumpkin puree.

How To Roast A Pumpkin:

  1. Cut a pumpkin in half.
  2. Scoop out the seeds and brush olive oil on the pumpkin flesh.
  3. Roast the pumpkin skin in a baking pan for 40 minutes at 375º F until the pumpkin is soft.
  4. You will want to scoop out the cooked pumpkin and add it to a blender to make your puree. Add a little water so that your puree is very smooth. If the pumpkin puree is too thick, it will prevent these muffins from getting light and fluffy.
A muffin pan filled with baked gluten free pumpkin muffins.

If you love pumpkin as much as my family, you will also want to try these Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Swirled Muffins!

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The ingredients to make gluten free pumpkin muffins in small glass bowls.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Gluten Free Flour – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours, and I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use other mixes.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add one teaspoon.
  • Almond Glour—I highly suggest using almond flour instead of almond meal. Almond meal is coarser and will make your muffins grainy.
  • Yogurt – Not in the picture, but I used a dairy-free yogurt by Silk. There are several good brands. If you do not have to be dairy-free, use any regular brand.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract—I am not a fan of imitation vanilla, so if you can, try to use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.
  • Coconut Oil – I love the added flavor of coconut oil, but you can use any light oil in this recipe.
  • Pumpkin Puree – See all of my notes above. Do not use pumpkin pie filling.

If you need more tips, be sure to check out my Gluten Free Muffins Troubleshooting Guide. If you wonder which gluten free flour blend to use for gluten free muffins, I tested four easy-to-find gluten-free flour blends to find out.

Step-By-Step Directions:

Making pumpkin muffins photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350º F. Add your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend.

Step 2: Add your wet ingredients to a smaller bowl. Whisk together your wet ingredients.

Making pumpkin muffins photos of steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add the chocolate chips. For best results, mix gently! Do not overmix your batter.

🔑 Sandi says: Do not use a stand mixer to make muffins. Overmixing leads to very dense muffins!

Step 4: Put muffin liners into a muffin tin. I like to use these parchment paper liners so my muffins don’t stick. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full with pumpkin muffin batter. Optional: sprinkle some coarse sugar on top of each muffin.

Step 5: Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350º F. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into a muffin. If the muffins are done baking, the toothpick will come out clean. If you see batter or crumbs, bake the muffins a few minutes longer.

Step 6: Remove the gluten-free pumpkin muffins and allow them to cool on a cooling rack.

Mix-In Ideas:

I love varying the mix-ins in this recipe. Feel free to try some of these ideas:

  • White chocolate chips
  • Pecans or walnuts
  • Heath candy bits
  • Butterscotch chips

Recipe FAQ:

Why are my gluten-free pumpkin muffins dense?

The main reason your pumpkins turned out dense is you over-mixed your batter. Try to mix the batter until it is just barely mixed. Do not use a standing mixer.

How do you get the muffins to rise?

If you love those dome-topped muffins, you can do this easily! If you want your muffins to have a domed style top, bake at 425º F for the first 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350º F.

How do you store gluten-free muffins?

Store these muffins in an airtight container. I always recommend freezing the muffins if you don’t eat them in a day or two. Gluten-free tends to spoil quickly. These muffins freeze really well. I just put the cooled muffins in a freezer-safe zipper bag. Thaw in the microwave oven for 30 seconds.

The top view of gluten free pumpkin muffins on a cooling rack.

More Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Include which flour blend you used. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Pumpkin muffins cooling on a rack.

Gluten Free Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins

Sandi Gaertner
You are going to love how light and fluffy my gluten free pumpkin muffins are. Load them up with chocolate chips and nuts. They are so easy to make!
4.94 from 15 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Muffins Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 289 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree * see note
  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ½ cup almond flour * see note
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder aluminum-free
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt dairy-free or regular
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup coconut oil melted or any light oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup chocolate chips Use Enjoy Life if you want these to be dairy free.

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. See the notes below if you want a dome-style muffin top.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • In a medium bowl, add all wet ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently. Do not overmix this batter or they will not be as fluffy. Do not use a stand mixer because it will overmix the batter, leaving you with dense muffins.
  • Put parchment paper muffin liners into a muffin tin. Fill each muffin paper 3/4 to the top with the batter.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until done.
  • Remove from the oven and put the muffins onto a cooling rack.

Video

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 3/4 teaspoon.
  3. I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your muffins grainy.
  4. To make this recipe nut-free, omit the 1/2 cup of almond flour and substitute an additional 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend.
  5. If you want your muffins to have a domed style top, bake at 425º F for the first 5 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350º F.
  6. These muffins will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

How to roast a pumpkin:

You can use canned pumpkin puree as I did, or you can roast your own pumpkin
  1. Cut a pumpkin in half.
  2. Scoop out the seeds and brush olive oil on the pumpkin flesh.
  3. Roast the pumpkin skin side down in a baking pan at 375º F for 40 minutes until the pumpkin is soft.
  4. To make your puree, you will want to scoop out the cooked pumpkin and add it to a blender. Add a little water so that your puree is very smooth. If the pumpkin puree is too thick, it will prevent these muffins from getting light and fluffy.
 

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 119mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 3239IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 2mg
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47 Comments

    1. I am so glad you loved them April. This happens often and it is why I love using parchment paper muffin liners when I bake. If you haven’t tried them, they are available on Amazon and in many grocery stores.

  1. I am curious if your gluten free flour blend contains xanthum gum. I thought it was necessary in GF baking. The muffins look delicious–can’t wait to try the recipe!

  2. Of course my eyes are drawn to those chocolate chips! What a great combo of flavors in these muffins! So pretty!