The very BEST recipe for soft, spiced gluten-free pumpkin muffins! They bake up tall and fluffy and are perfect for cool fall mornings.

Looking to make a delicious gluten-free pumpkin baked good? I tested this recipe 5+ times to get it just right. We continue to make it year after year!

close up shot of pumpkin muffin on white plate with bite taken out

When the weather gets cooler, there’s no better treat than a soft, spiced pumpkin muffin. Whether you enjoy these gluten-free pumpkin muffins for breakfast or dessert, they’re sure to become your new favorite recipe.

I tested this recipe many times to get it just right. I’ve included all my tips and tricks for perfect pumpkin muffins in this blog post!

These gluten-free muffins are not too sweet or overly moist. They have the perfect amount of spiced cinnamon flavor and a nice light texture.

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For more tested and perfected gluten-free muffin recipes, try these gluten-free apple muffins, gluten-free banana muffins, gluten-free blueberry and gluten-free chocolate chip muffins.

If you are like me when fall rolls around you are adding pumpkin spice to just about every treat out there. It’s my favorite time of year for baking!

For more gluten-free pumpkin recipes, try these gluten-free pumpkin chocolate chip bread, gluten-free pumpkin donuts, gluten-free pumpkin cookies  this gluten-free pumpkin pie!

Ingredients You’ll Need

overhead shot of ingredients needed to make pumpkin muffins

Here are a few notes on some of the key ingredients for these muffins.

  • Gluten-Free Flour: I recommend using a high-quality 1:1 gluten-free baking flour that contains xanthan gum. The type of flour you use can greatly effect how the muffins turn out. For best results, this is my favorite brand of gluten free all purpose flour.
  • Almond Flour: I love adding a little almond flour to my gluten-free baked goods! It adds moisture and richness to the batter. I recommend blanched almond flour rather than almond meal,
  • Baking Soda & Baking Powder: Using both helps the muffins to rise up nice a fluffy.
  • Spices: A blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  • Brown Sugar & White Sugar: A combination of the two makes the perfect texture/flavor.
  • Pumpkin: Be sure to use 100% pure canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Large eggs: Eggs are key to getting the right soft, fluffy texture of these muffins. I don’t recommend using flax eggs. For an egg substitute, I would opt for something like Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer.
  • Oil: Any neutral-flavored oil will work! I also like to use coconut oil.
  • Lemon Juice: Helps activate the baking soda/powder and gives the muffins a little extra rise.

Gluten-Free Muffin Tip: Adding a little lemon juice helps activate the baking soda/powder and gives the muffins a little extra rise. 

How to Make Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

wet and dry ingredients mixed together in glass bowls on marble background

STEP ONE: Mix the ingredients.

  • In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
muffin mix with spoon in glass bowl on marble background

STEP TWO: Combine the wet/dry.

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.
  •  If you’re adding chocolate chips, fold them in when the batter is just about mixed to avoid over-mixing.
muffin batter scooped into pan before baking

STEP THREE: Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.

  • This recipe makes 18 muffins. I have a smaller 6 cup muffin pan in addition to my standard 12-cup pan to make this recipe.
  • Good quality paper liners prevents the muffins from sticking. I like these ones!
baked pumpkin muffins in muffin tin

STEP FOUR: Bake!

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean and the muffins spring back when touched on top. Cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

Storing/Freezing Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Like most gluten-free baked goods, these delicious muffins are the best the day they are made. The can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

To freeze, let the muffins cool completely before transferring to a freezer bag or sealed container for further storage. Frozen muffins will keep for up to 2 months.

2 pumpkin muffins stacked on brown parchment paper with chocolate chips

Recipe FAQs

What can I substitute for the almond flour?

You can easily make these gluten-free pumpkin muffins nut-free. Use another 1/4 cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour in place of the almond flour.

Can I use pumpkin pie spice?

Yes! You can easily use 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice in place of the individual spices.

Can I use something in place of the sugar in these pumpkin muffins?

Sugar is a key ingredient for the correct texture and structure of these muffins. Some reviewers have used coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar with good results. I haven’t experimented with many other sugar substitutes but it you do, leave me a comment below to help others!

Can I make these into mini gluten-free pumpkin muffins?

Yes! In fact it’s one of my favorite ways to make this recipe! You can bake the gluten-free pumpkin muffins in a mini muffin pan. They’re perfect for parties and snacks. Just reduce the bake time to 15-20 minutes.

More Gluten-Free Recipes

If you love these gluten free pumpkin muffins as much as we do leave me a comment/rating below. I’d also be happy to help with any questions. Happy Baking!

close up shot of gluten-free pumpkin muffin with a bite taken out
5 from 18 votes

The Best Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 18 muffins
The very BEST recipe for soft, spiced gluten-free pumpkin muffins! They bake up tall and fluffy and are perfect for cool fall mornings.
Looking to make a delicious gluten-free pumpkin baked good? I tested this recipe 5+ times to get it just right. We continue to make it year after year!

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 15oz can pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Optional:

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place 12 paper liners into each well of your standard size muffin baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a rubber spatula until just combined and no dry streaks remain. If adding any chocolate chips, fold them in when the batter is just about mixed to avoid over-mixing.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean and the muffins spring back when touched on top.
  • Let cool for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe makes 18 muffins. I have a smaller 6 cup muffin pan in addition to my standard 12-cup pan to make this recipe. 
TO FREEZE: Let the muffins cool completely before transferring to a ziploc bag for further storage. Frozen muffins will keep for up to 2 months. 
Tips for Gluten-Free Muffins:
  • Use a high-quality 1:1 gluten-free baking flour as well as a little almond flour for great texture and flavor. 
  • A good quality paper liner prevents the muffins from sticking. I like these ones!
  • Gluten-free muffins typically take longer to bake than regular muffins. Just until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs is perfect. 

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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  1. 5 stars
    Excellent taste and texture. I added the mini chocolate chips as suggested. Smells so good while baking! I will make these again.

  2. These were delicious, and even improved after freezing! I’m literally devouring all of your quick-bread recipes as I work my way through your quickbread archive. What a blessing your recipes are! May God bless you for sharing the fruits of your labor freely!

    1. Yes that will work! You can’t taste the lemon or lime – it just tenderizes the crumb. You could also use apple cider vinegar!

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