Gluten-Free Pumpkin Banana Muffins

While I absolutely LOVE to bake, I don’t usually create my own recipes for baked goods. Baking is very sciencey where cooking is more like art, and I have an artist’s brain that does not do well with scientific things. When cooking I can throw things together, taste, tweak and then set my dish free into the world. With baking, measurements need to be precise, and if the finished product doesn’t taste good, not much can be done with it except maybe feed it to the squirrels. So I was quite pleased with myself when I put together this muffin recipe and found that the baked muffins were very tasty! (I will admit that I started with an omnivorous recipe for gluten filled pumpkin bread, but I made so many changes that it barely resembles the original thing.) After making these muffins, my kitchen did vaguely resemble a science lab that had recently experienced a horrible accident, but the muffins were worth the mess!



  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup non-dairy yogurt (I used coconut yogurt)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large or 3-4 small)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brown rice flower
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • ¾ teaspoon xantham gum
  • 3 teaspoons flax meal
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with paper muffin liners. (You’ll need 18 liners total.)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, yogurt, maple syrup, pumpkin, banana, orange juice and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the brown rice flower, tapioca starch, potato starch, xantham gum, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture along with the walnuts. Combine until just mixed – do not over mix.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the muffin tins so that they are about ¾ full.
  6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Makes 18 muffins.


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I’m submitting this recipe to Healthy Vegan Fridays and Gluten-Free Fridays.


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8 Responses to “Gluten-Free Pumpkin Banana Muffins”

  1. Jessica Caneal says:

    I feel the same intimidation with coming up with my own baking recipes. I have a list at home of ideas for new and creative baked goods that sadly, have yet to become tangible goods. It is intimidating to even start because if it doesn’t come out great the first time, then you’ve done all the work for a mediocre result. I give you extra credit for coming up with a gluten free and vegan recipe that works!

  2. I know what you mean- baking is very intimidating! I usually shy away from coming up with my own recipes. But when you come up with one that works, it’s that much more rewarding isn’t it?

    These look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on Healthy Vegan Friday!

  3. urbanvegan says:

    These look lovely, Dianne! I am just learning about gluten-free baking, so I’ll have to give these a whirl soon.

  4. Yum yum and more yum! I love the squirrel picture! :) Too cute! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! Thanks for helping get our party kicked off this week! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I hope that you’ll join us this week! Cindy from

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