Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Creamy Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins ----- gluten free!

James has now been gluten free for 3 months ...
& I'm so happy that he's not suffering from the joint pain that he's been dealing with for at least 7 years!

I've been experimenting with new recipes & using new products, & so far, with good results!
James has been a happy camper.

I processed several pumpkins in the fall & have a freezer full to use, so I wanted to make something
sweet using the pumpkin ... & gluten free so James could enjoy it.
After looking at lots of recipes, I adapted a couple of them & came up with this one.

A bowl full of muffin batter ... nothing wrong with that!
Well, except the chocolate chips are missing.
[I stirred those in after I snapped the pic.]

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/2 cup peanut butter [or almond butter]
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened [or you can use either olive oil or butter]
1/4 cup honey [or you can use maple syrup or agave]
1/2 - 3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. coconut crystals
3/4 cup rice flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. vanilla


Blend all wet ingredients until mixed.
Add dry ingredients and blend until smooth, not over-mixing.
Stir in chocolate chips at the end ... I used the minis.
Spoon into the muffin tin, either lined with paper liners or sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 for 20ish minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

**I made some in my mini-cupcake pan & some in my regular muffin pan.
The minis only take about 10 minutes to bake.

We really enjoyed these!
Even our 3 sons loved them.
They tasted healthy, but yummy.
They weren't overly sweet, with the chocolate chips being the perfect addition.
Course, we are big fans of pumpkin, so I'm always glad to have another recipe using that ingredient.

Let me know if you try these ... & like 'em!

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  1. Nice that these are gluten free and have nutritious pumpkin in them.

    1. For sure -- I think I'll be making these often. Gotta use up that pumpkin in the freezer.

  2. I wish you were my neighbor! I think we would have a lot in common! FOOD!! :) God bless you sweet sister. Have an amazing weekend!!!

    1. Food ... the language we all understand! lol
      Hope your weekend is fabulous too, Ashley!

  3. yours looks and sounds so much better then the one I tried from health net very bland putting on my to do list visting from thrifty groove have a great day zen hugs all around

    1. Thanks! I think you'll like it if you give it a try. So happy to have you stop by & comment. Hope you've had a nice Mother's Day.

  4. Wow, Angela, these look wonderful! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

    1. I am delighted for your lovely party ... and for your visit & comment! Have a blessed week.

  5. Angela, I will give this recipe to my daughter. She is going gluten free to stop having fibromyalgia. That was her diagnosis....but the gluten free is helping with my other things also. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

    1. Susie, we have learned the most from a friend of ours who went GF for the very same reason as your daughter. She said she experiences much less pain since going GF. Hope your daughter has the same results. I just made a GF banana bread last evening and it was perfect. I'll share that recipe soon. Thanks for stopping in for a visit!

  6. Angela I was so happy to pick you as my favorite post this week for the "From The Farm" blog hop! Those muffins look amazing it inspires me that on my Gluten Free journey I can occasionally have a treat and these sure look amazing!

    1. Oh my! How exciting!! I am learning lots along the way & I'm happy to make my hubs treats here and there that taste like the food he was used to eating. This is one of those. I hope you enjoy them as well. And thank you SO much for choosing me!

  7. Hi Angela, I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. Hello Chris! I am so happy that you've visited & followed my blog! I'll be coming to visit you, as well =)