Pumpkin Salted Caramel Protein Muffins
No Sugar Added and Gluten Free!
Hubs has been asking me to make my gluten free, grain free mini date pecan tartlets for the last couple of weeks, not these pumpkin muffins! I had planned to make his gluten free tartlets last Sunday, no joke. However, when I reached into my freshly organized pantry (a product of leading my Abundance Detox with one of my Facebook groups) I realized (gasp) that a single can of pure pumpkin had gone unused from this holiday season. Poor pumpkin. I reached right past the dates and pecans to grab it because I had an idea.
Sorry, honey! I know you’re reading this, and I will make your tarts for you soon. I promise!
My husband and children know that I am annoying(ly creative) in the kitchen, just like I am in my painting and poetry. When a lightning bulb moment strikes or a muse whispers in my ear, you can either expect a gigantic bomb of paint or gluten free food to explode all over the kitchen and/or five hours of hyper focused keyboard strumming, and I’m blocking out everything else until I see whatever it is through. Sometimes I’m just coming to bed as hubs is about to wake up because some idea hit me about something.
A Little Spontaneous Baking!
I’ve never relied on recipes to cook and I hardly ever measure anything! It drives everyone around me crazy, because I hardly ever do the same recipe twice! Hubs is always saying, “Please tell me you wrote this one down.” He survived the first three years of our marriage (a lot of stir-fry and poor attempts at curries) and so the man deserves some consistency and repetition of his favorites.
I’m trying! But, I admittedly do NOT regularly write anything down while I’m cooking (I’m too busy smelling, tasting and adjusting!). So I’m forced to recreate a lot of dishes. I admit this has been even more challenging for me since people have started to ask me to share my recipes and write cookbooks! In fact, my entire health coaching business was born out of people asking me to give them advice on how to lose weight and quit sugar and where and how to purchase my recipes!
Did you ever watch this older show called Kitchen Boss, hosted by Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss? His crew sometimes interrupted the filming to get Buddy to state the exact measurement of whatever ingredient he was throwing “a little of” into his pot. Buddy would say, “just toss in a little” or “I put some” of this or that ingredient. At some points it seemed like maybe he annoyed his crew a bit? I remember that show because, as a viewer, I connected with his style of improvisation in the kitchen.
Gluten Free but Choc Full o’ Love!
So you’ll have to be patient with my recipes and I’ll try to remember to capture those ingredients as they’re “going in the pot”!
Alas, my Salted Caramel Pumpkin Protein Muffins were born out of a creative flutter and please show me some grace if a tiny bit of something is off when you make these. Feel free to share how they worked out or if something didn’t in the comments or on Facebook! They’re not super pretty but that’s okay because they lasted for about two seconds in a house of three boys!
I’m glad I have a pretty darn good memory! So here you go!
5 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 2/3 cup instant or rolled, or two packets, of no sugar added oats
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Salted Caramel Protein powder
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 can of pumpkin
- 1/2 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure maple extract
- 1/4 raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry. Stir until just combined.
- Stir in add ins, such as raisins, nuts, or unsweetened carob chips.
- Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, such as coconut oil spray or line with muffin liners. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 of the way full with mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.