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Pumpkin Streusel Muffins (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients

Muffin Base

  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour*
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour*
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch/flour*
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp-tbsp cinnamon**
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin***
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Streusel option 1

  • 3 tbsp pecans chopped or broken into bits with your hands
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil solid state
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp brown rice flour or all-purpose flour if not gluten free
  • 3 tbsp oats

Streusel option 2 (oat-free)

  • 3 tbsp pecans chopped or broken into bits with your hands
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil solid state
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp brown rice flour or all-purpose flour if not gluten free
  • 2 tbsp whole almonds roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds

Glaze

  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. For the muffin base, combine the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, baking soda, and spices) in one bowl and all the wet ingredients (pumpkin, maple syrup, almond milk, applesauce and vanilla) in another bowl and stir both until combined.

  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients slowly while stirring. Do NOT over mix! The muffins/loaf will fall flat if you over mix, so mix until JUST combined.

  4. For the streusel, throw all the ingredients in a small bowl or mug and mix with a fork (try not to eat the entire thing before putting it on your treats because its THAT GOOD). Also, make sure the coconut oil is notin a liquid state, the solid state helps bunch the mixture together and makes it all stick. You have two options for the streusel, both are equally amazing it just depends what you have on hand. Sometimes it's hard to find certified gluten-free oats so that is why I created the oatless option.

  5. Pour the muffin batter in a muffin or loaf pan, sprinkle the crumble on top with your hands and push it in a little, so later when eaten, the crumble doesn't break off as easy.

  6. Cook the muffins for 30 minutes or if you are making a loaf cook for 45-50 minutes.

  7. Put a toothpick in the muffins/loaf and when it comes out clean take them out of the oven.

  8. Let them sit in the pans for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

  9. In the meantime, make your glaze by combining the ingredients in a bowl and pour it in a small ziplock bag.

  10. Once the muffins are completely cooled on the cooling rack, cut a VERY small hole in one corner of the ziplock bag (it will mimic an icing bag) and drizzle the top of the muffins or loaf with the icing.

Recipe Notes

*The chickpea, brown rice and tapioca flour are great for a gluten free version.  The tapioca starch is what gives them a light fluffy texture and the chickpea and brown rice flour brings depth so they have a more muffin texture over a cupcake texture.  However, you can replace all three of the flours for 1 3/4 c all-purpose or spelt flour if you are not gluten free.
**How you spice the muffins/loaf is totally up to you, I used 1 tsp of each spice, except for the cinnamon, I added 1 tbsp because I LOVE cinnamon and it wasn't overpowering to me.  Also, allspice is optional, but I would really recommend using it.  Be careful because a lot of allspice is not true allspice.  Allspice comes from a tree, however, some stores label spices as 'allspice' when in reality its just a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.  Allspice tastes like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves but it is its OWN spice and really takes the flavour to the next level.
***I found organic pumpkin puree in a box and it was too runny, so make sure to buy canned pumpkin as is thicker and works better.