Depression-Busting Pumpkin Muffins (Paleo)

Well, I canít eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.

-Oscar Wilde , ĒThe Importance of Being EarnestĒ (1895)

Nothings beats stress like a warm muffin. It is such a pleasurable sensory experience, it can completely illuminate one’s day with joy. Unfortunately, for those avoiding gluten, grains, or processed foods, a hearty muffin can be hard to come by. Most “special diet” muffins taste overly sweet, unpleasantly dry, and are far from healthful. Well, suffer muffin-less no more! These muffins are delicious, warming, and healthy. And, filled with pumpkiny goodness, they can†even help ward off depression with their superfood ingredients — just in time for the impending dark months. As a treat on a cold autumn morning, they canít be beat. They are gluten-free and refined sugar-free, and can even be made dairy-free if you desire. Even non-Paleo eaters will covet these little morsels of delight.

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins adapted from Civilized Caveman Cooking (yields 12 muffins)

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1/2 cup almond butter
3-4 Tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup (can substitute stevia to taste)
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or grass-fed butter/ghee
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1.5 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. cardamom
3/4 tsp. ground or freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp. unrefined salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine pumpkin, eggs, almond butter, sweetener, butter/oil, and vanilla in bowl, mixer, or food processor until homogenous.

Add in remaining ingredients, mix well, and let sit for 5 minutes. This will allow coconut flour to thicken substantially and absorb moisture. Meanwhile, grease muffin tin with butter or coconut oil. Fill cups evenly. Bake for 25-35 minutes, being sure not to over-bake.

Let cool for a few minutes before carefully removing — otherwise they are too delicate. Serve with grass-fed butter and/or jam, and try not to eat them all in one sitting. Enjoy!

Note: If youíre feeling fancy, toss in 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips, toasted nuts, or even toasted pumpkin seeds for extra blues-busting power and tastiness!


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Mike R
Mike R7 hours ago


Sonia M

Thanks for sharing

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W. C11 months ago

Thank you.

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William C11 months ago


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Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

A treat for the soul and sweet-tooth

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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