Purely Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

December 8, 2011

I remember when the very first Starbucks opened in my town. I was a senior in high school and loved going into the shop to smell the freshly brewed coffee and look upon the piles of sweet baked goods sitting in the glass case.

The thing I loved most about this holiday time of year, and the opening of a “big name” coffee shop, were the holiday spiced muffins and scones and breads. Oh yeah, sugar, sugar, and more refined sugar. Oh, and gluten. But that was when not gaining weight was easy… or was it because I was 17, had a huge issue with an eating disorder, and if I ate it, I would quickly negate it?

Nonetheless, it’s been years since I’ve picked a baked good out of any shop and I don’t miss them one bit!

And yes, that is a lie. No, I certainly don’t miss the sugar-filled cake-like wonders of diabetes-waiting-to-happen (ok, one won’t hurt anyone, but I believe they load those things with crack so you’ll keep coming back for more…). I do, however, love myself a spiced, cinnamony, warm and fresh out of the oven muffin now and again. And just because I want to be healthy doesn’t mean I can’t have one!

No Sir! … Ma’am.

Here’s a muffin that isn’t sugary, starchy or devoid of nutrients. These muffins are rich in beta-carotene, contain high quality protein, and aren’t swimming in sugar. The delicately sweet flavor will satisfy and have you coming back for more (from my blog)!

Just for fun, let’s view the nutritional content, shall we?

TWO Paleo Pumpkin Muffin equals: 142 calories, 4g fat, 21g carbohydrate, 13g sugar, 7g fiber, and 7g protein.

One Starbucks Pumpkin Bread equals: 390 calories, 14g fat, 61g carbohydrates, 38g sugar, 2g fiber, 6g protein.

Clearly we have a winner. You could eat half this recipe and still get more nutrients in (and far better kind of sugar) than one baked coffee shop good.

This recipe could even be included in Tuesday’s Paleo Breakfast Ideas!

Do you remember the first Starbucks in your area? I don’t mean the 5th or 6th one, just the first.

What is your favorite type/kind of baked good?

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Tiffany February 19, 2016 at 10:28 AM

You need to know that this is my favorite muffin recipe ever! I absolutely love these and they never disappoint! I have yet for a batch to last more than 2 days with me! Haha. Thank you so much for creating and sharing them. I should have thanked you way back when I first made them, but better late than never! 🙂

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Lori February 22, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Oh my, I love this comment! Thank you so much for sharing Tiffany! I’m SO happy you like the muffins! They really are delicious!

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Stephanie August 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Hi Lori- I’ve made these muffins MANY times and they are still my favorite paleo muffin recipe to date and a hit with my family! I can’t wait to make some more of your recipes

I was wondering if these might work in a loaf, like a pumpkin bread? Or would they dry out in the center? I have been looking for a good pumpkin bread recipe but don’t want to waste time and ingredients testing other recipes since I LOVE the texture and flavor of these! Thoughts?

Best,
Stephanie 🙂

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Lori September 28, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Hi Stephanie,

I think they would make an incredible pumpkin loaf! Try it!! They’re moist enough that they’d work well as a bread/loaf. Just probably have to cook them a lot longer. 🙂

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Gudrun B May 8, 2014 at 10:21 PM

was looking to do some thing with my remaining pumpkin and had to modify a little but turned out yummy!!
thanks!

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