This Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins recipe was originally published January 5, 2015, images were updated September 2017.
When I was in high school, my friend Christa’s mom would bake pumpkin spice muffins, amongst other things (she is a great baker!). I remember being so excited when I’d go over after school and she had just baked a fresh batch. Those muffins were AMAZING, and obviously memorable since I still think of them after all these years. They were spiced perfectly, they were loaded with chocolate chips, and they were my favourite thing to eat when I visited their house. Over the years, I’ve tried to re-create them and I think I’ve hit the mark with these vegan gluten free pumpkin spice muffins.
The major difference between these and the pumpkin spice muffins from my high school days is that these are vegan and gluten-free. But you wouldn’t even know it. They’re fluffy, flavourful, perfectly-spiced, and so good, you’ll want to make them all the time!
If you’re not gluten-free, I’ve got you covered because I’ve tested this recipe with regular, all-purpose flour as well, and that flour substitution works wonderfully. So feel free to try this recipe either way, you can’t go wrong with either version.
Because these muffins are a favourite in my home, I make them year-round—not just during the fall. This is all thanks to some smart pre-planning in the fall when I make and freeze a big batch of homemade pumpkin puree (it’s so easy!). You can learn how to do it too, you may want to after you try this recipe 🙂 Learn How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree.
When it comes to the add-in for your vegan gluten free pumpkin spice muffins, you can go with either raisins, chocolate chips, or nuts (chopped pecans or chopped walnuts). For this batch, I went with semi-sweet chocolate chips, my family’s favourite, but if you do use raisins, try using this raisin trick.
If you haven’t baked a vegan recipe before or a vegan gluten-free recipe, you may be wondering what the texture will be like and if it will be different from a non-vegan or non-gluten-free recipe. Have a look at this picture:
I hope it answers those questions! These muffins turn out soft, moist, and fluffy. Just as perfect as any regular non-vegan or non gluten-free muffin.
Before you head down to the recipe, have a look at how easy they are to make:
Not complicated at all, right? I hope you love them! You can also see the video on Facebook here so you can share it with your friends! And for those who are wondering about flax eggs, read this post to learn how to make them and everything else you need to know: How to Make a Flax Egg (A Vegan Egg Substitute for Baking).
If you like this recipe, you may also like these recipes, too:
- Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree
- Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins
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How to Make Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 6 tbsp water
- 1 3/4 cups gluten free flour blend OR all-purpose flour (see notes below)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (plus extra for greasing muffin tin)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (see note below)
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips OR raisins OR nuts (chopped walnuts or pecans work well)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Prepare your flax eggs by whisking together ground flax seeds and water. Set aside to thicken.
Line a muffin tin with liners or generously grease the inside of each cup with coconut oil.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
- In a large bowl, mix the coconut oil, vanilla, and flax eggs together. Stir in coconut sugar and pumpkin puree until blended.
- Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips or raisins.
Using a spoon or a large scoop, divide batter into the 12 muffin cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the largest muffin comes out clean.
- It's important to know that different gluten-free flour blends use different ingredients and ratios, so results will always vary if you substitute. I have never used any other brand of flour to make this recipe (other than Bob's Red Mill), so please know that your results may not be great if ingredients are substituted.
- I've tested this recipe with all purpose flour and it works great, so if you aren't gluten-free, you can use regular flour.
- Make your own pumpkin puree instead of buying the canned stuff. Click here to see how easy it is and how to do it yourself.
- If you haven't worked with flax eggs before, be sure to read How to Make a Flax Egg (A Vegan Egg Substitute for Baking), for all the details you'll need!
- In the video above, this is the scoop I use to put the batter into the muffin pan.
- If you use raisins, try this trick to ensure they're plump and juicy for your muffins.
Images in this post were updated September 2017.