Pumpkin Spice ‘n’ Everything Nice Muffins 🍂 Whole Grain, Oil-Free, Sugar-Free

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

My craze for pumpkin continues with my Pumpkin Spice Muffins. These muffins may look unassuming, but they pack a punch! They’ve got pumpkin (of course), whole wheat and oat flours, autumn spices, and even 🍎 apple cider to bring out that fall flavor. In fact, my favorite thing about these goodies is how flavorful they are. The pumpkin in them ties all the warm spices together while adding an extra soft and fluffy texture.

Another favorite thing about these is how delicious yet healthy they are: oil-free, whole-grain, dairy-free, and sugar-free. With the exception of one egg, they’re vegan, and so they can be easily veganized. They’re also so healthy that you can definitely afford to add in extra chocolate chips because, well, pumpkin + spices + dark chocolate are a divine combination, and because it is the holidays after all! 🍫 Cheers!

Almond Milk Latte, latte art, healthy, vegan


This time last week, the temperature finally dropped below 70*F. The cold front came pretty late considering we’re way into November, but at least it came just in time for the holidays!

About time, Texas.

I’m not a fan of the cold, but I am a fan of winter because it’s the season to be indoorsy and do indoorsy things. ❄️ I may be fitness nut, but it’s pretty obvious on my blog that I’m a huge homebody who just loves being cozy, hehe. 🙂 The holidays and winter is the time to do that: keeping toasty under layers of cozy blankets, cuddling with my Mei Mei, and showing the oven some lovin’ oven: doing one of my favorite cold season activities, baking.

So last week when the cold front finally hit us, the first thing I wanted to do was bake! And I wanted to bake something with pumpkin, spice, and everything nice (like chocolate, craisins, and nuts).

I thought, “Pumpkin Muffins sounds so yummy and cozy,” but I’ve never made pumpkin muffins before, so, like any of my baking recipes, I just winged it and hoped for the best.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Considering that I’ve been baking since I was a kid, it’s kind of surprising to me that this was only my first time baking Pumpkin Muffins. Well, I do bake Pumpkin Cakes every year, but the two treats are different. The most challenging part to baking a successful batch of muffins is achieving that perfectly round muffin top, and every time I set out to create a new muffin recipe, I’m always a little anxious about it falling flat.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

But, to my pleasant surprise, these muffins turned out really nice!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free

Beautiful round muffin dome. 🙂 When I took a taste, I was blown away!

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Enjoying my muffin with an almond milk chai latte… 😉

And these are so good despite being so healthy and oil-free!

I think the thing is, pumpkin is a very forgiving ingredient when it comes to baked goods because they add so much moisture to the batter, allowing the reduction (or in this case, elimination) of fats and oils to a recipe. If you get the wet-to-dry ratio correct, the end-product will always be extra soft and fluffy.

And here’s a sneak of the inside texture. Note the nice crumb it has. Not dense nor dry: just right.

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These muffins may look unassuming, but they pack a punch. They’ve got pumpkin (of course), whole wheat and oat flours, autumn spices, and even 🍎 apple cider to bring out that fall flavor. I think what makes these pumpkin muffins extra special is that I use apple cider in them, making them extra autumnal. In fact, my favorite thing about these goodies is how flavorful they are. The pumpkin in them ties all the warm spices together while adding an extra soft and fluffy texture.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Another favorite thing about these is how delicious yet healthy they are: oil-free, whole-grain, dairy-free, and sugar-free. With the exception of one egg, they’re vegan, and so they can be easily veganized. They’re also so healthy that you can definitely afford to add in extra chocolate chips because, well, pumpkin + spices + dark chocolate are a divine combination, and because it is the holidays after all!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Even though the chocolate makes these muffins look and taste extra indulgent, they are actually stevia-sweetened, vegan chocolate chips! 🍫

As someone who takes her chocolate by the daily, it’s really important for me to find healthier alternatives that I can enjoy everyday without having to compromise on taste and health. And I enjoy stevia, and I love chocolate, so I love these chocolate chips!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

In addition to chocolate chips, these muffins have other delicious goodies like pecans and craisins, which is why I call them Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Muffins.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Also, before I leave y’all with the recipe, Pumpkin Spice Muffins weren’t the only thing I baked. I went on a baking bonanza that day and made: chocolate chip banana cookies and chocolate chip chickpea blondies, all using stevia-sweetened chocolate chips! 🍫

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

I’ll share the recipe to those two as well if anyone shows interests!

Baking bonanza’s can be tiring, but the best part of it all is taste-testing the end-result for breakfast the next day.

But first, an almond milk latte to waken my senses. ☕️

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Yum!


Pumpkin Spice ‘n’ Everything Nice Muffins // oil-free, whole grain, and sugar free
Author: Vivian
Serves: 9
Amazingly soft, fluffy pumpkin muffins spiced with warm autumn flavors. You won’t believe these are oil-free, whole grain, and sugar free!
Ingredients
  • Oat flour: 60 g
  • Whole wheat pastry flour: 120 g (3/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 dash turmeric (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 organic egg (or 1 flax egg for vegan version)
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp stevia, taste (or 1/3 cup of sugar)
  • ~Add In’s~
  • Chocolate chips (I used stevia-sweetened dark chocolate)
  • Pecans
  • Craisins
  • Etc.
Instructions
  1. Whisk dry ingredients.
  2. Mix wet ingredients.
  3. Add wet to dry.
  4. Stir batter together gently, folding in any add-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits, etc.
  5. Bake 350*F for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Snap a pic, share it on Instagram with me @vivianrtang, or tag me @tangykitchen #tangykitchen.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. Makes 9 muffins
Calories: 91 Fat: 1.4 Carbohydrates: 16.9 Sugar: 2.3 Fiber: 2.9 Protein: 3.5
Notes
Nutrition facts does not include add-ins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Let me know how you enjoy these muffins! I am in love with these, so I hope you like them too.

Don’t forget to share your creation with me on Instagram @vivianrtang and @tangykitchen!

xx, vt

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