Paleo Pumpkin Muffins


These Paleo Pumpkin Muffins are so easy to make and incredibly delicious! Gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free- they make a great snack or dessert.

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

It’s September and I am so ready for fall! We had a very hot summer here in Michigan and I’m looking forward to cooler temps and all things pumpkin and apple! I just couldn’t wait any longer to break out the pumpkin and these muffins did not disappoint! They are kind of a cross between a muffin and pie- not quite as dense as pie, but not quite as fluffy as a traditional muffin. They are absolutely perfect and I couldn’t quit eating them!

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Using Golden Barrel Coconut Oil makes them dairy free and helps keep them moist. Using maple syrup means there is no refined sugar used- and it’s not missed at all! Pumpkin and maple go so well together, add the warm fall spices and it’s a match made in heaven.

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

They are so easy to make. Everything is mixed in one bowl, by hand, and they are in the oven in under 10 minutes. The smell that fills your house while they’re baking is another reminder why I love fall so much! The cozy, comforting aroma of fresh baked goods is the best!

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Once they’re baked they are best stored in the fridge after 24 hours. Paleo baked treats tend to not last as long at room temperature- eat them cold or warm them up for a few seconds. Both ways are so good!

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

I made two batches and added some chocolate chips to one. Chocolate and pumpkin are a great combination! I am kind of a purist and like the plain ones the best, but if you love chocolate then you have to try them that way.

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

These muffins are tender, just the right sweetness, and perfectly spiced. If you love pumpkin pie then you will love these muffins! All the flavor, but easier to make and hand-held!

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings: muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a muffin tin with liners. I prefer parchment so the muffin removes easily.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and salt. Stir and break up any large clumps.
  3. Add in the pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir well until completely mixed and no dry spots remain.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips if desired.
  5. Scoop into muffin tin, making sure each one is as even as possible.
  6. Bake for 20-23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Store in the fridge if not eaten within 24 hours.
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82 thoughts on "Paleo Pumpkin Muffins"

  1. Christine says:

    Made these yesterday and I’m in love! Just had one this morning for breakfast and it tastes even better than yesterday! I didn’t add the chocolate chips (I’m a purist!) but I may next time because I imagine they will taste even yummier! Thank you for a great recipe!

    1. You’re welcome, Christine! Thank you for trying them and for the great feedback!

      1. Jacquie says:

        I’ve made these twice now this fall, so delicious!!

        1. Thanks, Jacquie! So glad you like them!

  2. Tina says:

    Going to make these right now. I have some pumpkin left from Sunday when I made the Jay’s Baking me Crazy pumpkin coffee cake and it was delicious! I’ve been making a paleo bullet pumpkin spice coffee in the mornings but need to use this pumpkin up! I need to buy smaller cans apparently 🙂 Can’t wait to try these! Here I go!!!!

    1. I hope you are enjoying the muffins, Tina! I’m so glad to hear you liked my coffee cake 🙂 That bulletproof coffee sounds amazing- what a great idea!

  3. Sarah says:

    These look delicious!! Think I could make it as a bread?? Have you tried that? Maybe an 8×8 pan or a loaf pan?

    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yes, I definitely think that would work. A loaf pan baked for maybe 45-50 minutes. I hope you enjoy!

  4. Metta says:

    Anyone know about how many calories 1 of these muffins is?

    1. Hi Metta- I’m not sure, but there are many sites that you can use to figure that out. My Fitness Pal is a popular one. Hope you try these muffins!

    2. Gretchen says:

      I entered it into My Fitness Pal with my ingredients, but used this recipe, and it is 226 calories per muffin (I did mini milk chocolate chips which were the most calories.. Dumped in half a bag.)

      1. Thanks for figuring it out, Gretchen! That’s part of the reason I don’t figure it out is because little changes in the recipe can effect the final outcome. Thanks for trying my recipe!

  5. Melissa Huskey says:

    My daughter and I have made two batches and are in love! I need to make a third for Thanksgiving but used all of my maple syrup on the last batch; have you subbed honey before? Trying to save myself a trip to the grocer, lol!! Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe!

    1. I’m so glad you have enjoyed them, Melissa! I hope I’m not responding too late. I haven’t tried honey, but I’m sure it will work. I definitely understand saving a trip to the store. 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  6. Renee says:

    Can I make these if I don’t have any Coconut Flour? Would there be a substitute?

    1. Hi Renee- you could try adding an additional 1/2 cup almond flour. I hope you enjoy them!

  7. Linda says:

    These were delicious! Best paleo muffin I’ve had and with the chocolate chips (and minus the pumpkin pie spice) they tasted more like a soft chocolate chip cookie. I’ll be making these again for sure. Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome, Linda! Thank you for trying my recipe- I’m so glad you like them!

  8. Arlene says:

    I’m not able to eat maple syrup. Can I substitute stevia or Swerve?

    1. Hi Arlene- I’m not familiar with stevia so I can’t recommend that- I don’t think the measurement would be the same. You could use Swerve, but would need a little additional moisture to make up for no maple syrup. Maybe add 1/4 cup dairy free milk. I’m not for sure, that’s just a guess. Of course you could use honey, but it sounds like you’re looking for a no sugar option. I hope that helps and you enjoy them!

    2. Kate says:

      Lakanto do a sugar-free maple syrup made using monk fruit. It swaps into recipes as a 1:1 replacement. It does have a bit of an ‘aftertaste’, like most natural sugar alternatives (monk fruit, stevia, xylitol, erithrytol, etc) so I don’t use it straight up e.g. on pancakes. But in a baked recipe it’s good, so it’s great to have in your sugar-free store cupboard!

      1. Thanks for that info, Kate! Very helpful!

  9. Cara says:

    I made these today and they are soooo good! I’ve tried several Paleo pumpkin muffins and these are my favorite…based on flavor and texture. I added raisins instead of the chocolate chips and honey for the maple syrup (didn’t have maple syrup on hand). They are amazing! They’re actually even sweeter than I need…I think I’ll use a little less sweeter next time – or maybe just use an overripe banana with a little extra almond flour. Anyway…DELICIOUS!!!

    1. Thanks, Cara! I’m so glad you made them and enjoyed them! I love the changes you made- they sound delicious! Thanks for the great feedback 🙂

  10. Have you tried these using flax eggs?

    1. Hi Lacey- I haven’t tried it personally, but it should work. Hope you enjoy!

  11. Mary Beth says:

    Can you use almond meal instead of almond flour?

    1. Hi Mary- that should work. I like to use almond flour because it’s finer and the end result is usually better, but almond meal should be fine. Hope you enjoy!

  12. Have you tried substituting the almond flour for one of the Gluten Free flours like Domata?

    1. Hi Robin- I haven’t, but I think that would work great. Hope you enjoy!

  13. Monica says:

    Mine did not rise or take muffin shape. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Monica- I’m sorry that happened. Did you make the recipe exactly as written? Substituting ingredients can make a big difference. Let me know a little more info and I can try to help.

  14. Gayle says:

    These are super delicious. I made these with the Almond Flour and substituted Spelt Flour for the Coconut Flour because I didn’t have Coconut Flour on hand. These muffins were perfect as far as the spices and sweetness.

    1. Thanks for trying my recipe, Gayle! I’m so glad you like them!

  15. Ashley says:

    Hi Jessica! For the coconut oil, do you scoop out 1/4 c then melt it or does it need to be 1/4 c total after melting?

    1. Hi Ashley- it’s 1/4 cup melted, so after melting measure it. Hope you love them!

      1. Darline says:

        Can I submit equal amounts of sweet potatoes for the pumpkin without changing anything else?
        Thank you!

        1. Hi Darline- yes, that should work fine. Enjoy!

  16. do you have the estimated nutritional info for these? They turned out amazing! I subed 1 cup almond flour (spooned into the measuring cup) for the coconut flour since we didn’t have any and did walnuts instead of chocolate chips and they were oh so yummy.

    1. Hi Kat- I don’t calculate the nutritional info for any of my recipes, but you can use a site like My Fitness Pal to help you figure it out. I’m so glad you like them!

  17. Jennifer says:

    I wanted to like them but they’re a bit too nutty flavored for me. My parents loved them though! Thanks for the recipe though!

    1. You’re welcome, Jennifer! Thanks for trying them and I’m glad your parents loved them 🙂

  18. Christina says:

    Sooooo good. Thanks for sharing this recipe Jessica! Been on Paleo for 2 weeks and feeling great!

    1. You’re welcome, Christina! Thanks for trying them! So glad you like them!

  19. Rémy Branstetter says:

    Hi Jessica!
    The muffins are amazing, but you left out one very important step, how to not eat them all in one sitting!!!! LOL!! I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing them.

    1. You’re welcome, Remy! Haha- you’re right! They are good. 🙂 Thanks for trying my recipe and I hope you enjoy my other recipes as well.

  20. Hi Jessica, I just started Paleo and I was looking for a Pumpkin muffin recipe. Made the muffins last night and they are so yummy. Thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Debbie! Thanks for trying them! I’m so glad you like them!

  21. Carol says:

    Hi! I’m excited to make this recipe. I was wondering if you could substitute ghee for the coconut oil? What do you think?. I’ve done that in a paleo cookie before but I don’t want to mess these up if you think it would not work. Thanks!

    1. Hi Carol- yes, that will work just fine. I hope you love them!

  22. Do u know how many carbs are in the pumpkin and chocolate cupcakes

    1. Hi Laurie- No, I don’t calculate nutritional info for my recipes. You can use a site like My Fitness Pal if you want to figure it out.

  23. Amber says:

    I used stone ground 100% whole wheat flour because I didn’t have almond…..not gluten free anymore but delicious non the less. My young boys loved them!

    1. Thanks for trying them, Amber! I’m so glad your boys liked them! 🙂

  24. Jennifer Hager says:

    Best muffins ever!!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer!!

  25. Andrea says:

    After I added all of the dry ingredients and liquids it was really dry. Is that how it’s supossed to be? New baker here:)

    1. Hi Andrea- No, it shouldn’t be dry. Did you substitute any ingredients? I’m not sure how it would be dry with the pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup and eggs. Let me know more info so I can help.

  26. Julie Walker says:

    WINNER! I followed this recipe exactly (using sugar-free maple syrup) and put the batter in an 8×8 square aluminum cake pan instead of a muffin pan. Baked for 40 minutes. EXCELLENT!

    1. Thanks, Julie! So glad you liked them. I love the idea of baking as a cake. Thanks for trying my recipe!

  27. Kristie says:

    I don’t have enough almond flour but plenty of coconut flour and I also have Paleo baking flour, can that be added or substituted for almond flour?

    1. Hi Kristie- the paleo baking flour may work. Using more coconut flour will result in dry muffins so the mix is your best option. I would suggest using 2 1/4 cups. Hope that helps! Enjoy 🙂

  28. Claire says:

    I made these a couple days ago and they didn’t form correctly. I’m at high altitude, do you have any tips for how to adjust this for high altitude?

    1. Hi Claire- here are some tips for high altitude baking:
      Hope that helps!

      1. Have made this recipe 4 times. Each batch has been excellent. Very moist. Not crumbly. My family loves it. No one would guess it’s such a healthy version of muffins. Not full of chemicals and junk like in store bought muffins. Thanks for such a great recipe. Love it.

        1. You’re welcome, Barb! Thank you so much for trying them and making multiple times! I’m so glad you like them 🙂

  29. Katie says:

    I would love to make these with my boys but I don’t have any almond flour – I have cassava, coconut and spelt…? Would any of those work?

    1. Hi Katie- I can’t say for sure, but cassava would be your best bet. It does have a different flavor and texture, but you can’t substitute coconut 1:1 and I’m not familiar with spelt at all. Hope that helps!

  30. Does anyone know the total carb count on these?

    1. Hi Abby- I don’t calculate that for my recipes. You can use My Fitness Pal to figure it out if needed.

  31. Heather Riley says:

    I made these today and they are amazing. I added a hand full of the mini chocolates and also unsweetened shredded coconut. So Delicious. Do you happen to know the calorie count per muffin?

    1. Thanks for trying them, Heather! I’m so glad you like them! I don’t calculate calories for any of my recipes. You can use a site like My Fitness Pal if you need that info.

  32. These are delicious and baked beautifully!

    1. Thanks, Kim! I’m so glad you like them!

  33. Ellen says:

    If I want to make these into mini muffins, do you know how long I should bake them?

    1. Hi Ellen- I would bake them at 400° for 7-8 minutes.

  34. Heather says:

    I am baking the muffins and did not substitute any ingredients- I followed the recipe perfectly. After 23 min they still were not fully cooked, now I’m going on 45 min and having the same problem. Any suggestions?

  35. Stephanie says:

    Made these last night and they were outstanding! Great recipe, thank you.

  36. Laurie says:

    These were DELICIOUS!! I substituted tigernut flour for the almond flour and used gelatin eggs due to food sensitivities. Turned out amazing. I will say it was a bit gritty-not sure if that was the coconut flour I used or the tigernut flour (new to using tigernut flour). This is a keeper and I may make another batch with the leftover pumpkin. Both the plain pumpkin and chocolate chip version were winners.

  37. Christie Hawkinson says:

    Can you tell me the nutritional information?

  38. Nutritional info (WITHOUT chocolate chips) using VeryWellFit calculator:
    Calories 205
    Total Fat 15g
    Saturated Fat 5.3g
    Cholesterol 31mg
    Sodium 215mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.6g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7g
    Total Sugars 9.1g
    Protein 5.3g

  39. Omg, I’ve been making these muffins for a while but I just get so busy that I usually forget taking a picture of even commenting on how fabulous these are. Today I made them without the chocolate chips just because I’m watching my calories but they are still to yummy 😋

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