Gluten Free Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins – These light, fluffy pumpkin cornbread muffins are an all-time favorite. The perfect cozy accompaniment to chilis, soups, salads, and more!
Hi. I’m Emily, and I’m sort of in love with cornbread.
We’ve made so many versions over the years I can’t count them, but I’ve been nailing down all the right proportions for these gluten free pumpkin cornbread muffins for the last several months and we’ve nailed it. The texture is light, fluffy, and satisfying. The flavor is delicate and cozy. They make your house smell amazing. Are you making them yet?
Though we love cake-like cornbread, and these gluten free cornbread mini muffins, these pumpkin cornbread muffins might just have them all beat. The pumpkin does wonders for the texture, and it’s amazing how flavorful and fluffy they get with almost no added fat!
And don’t be fooled! Just because they’re made with pumpkin doesn’t mean they’re only good in the fall. We make these all year round. They don’t taste especially pumpkin-y (they’re not stuffed with pumpkin pie spice, for instance), and they’re the perfect accompaniment to soups, chilis, and salads. The pumpkin gives them an amazing texture and color, and a lovely subtle flavor I crave regularly.
NOTES ON THE RECIPE:
1. A Super Amazing Muffin Pan. This silicone muffin pan is my all-time favorite. It’s completely nonstick and easy to clean. I love that I don’t have to use muffin liners and never end up having to scrape out stuck-on muffin or cupcake mess after. It also comes in mini size, which my kids love for packing in lunches. (I’ve also see in the pans in yellow, aqua, and pink.)
2. Not Gluten Free? No Problem! If you’re not gluten free, you can use regular white flour. I adapted this from an Ambitious Kitchen recipe and she uses whole wheat pastry flour.
3. How Do I Store These? You can keep them in a zip-top bag or airtight container on the counter for 1-2 days. If you’d like to keep them 3-4 days, you can store them in the refrigerator. They also freeze beautifully. I freeze them in a single layer and they’ll keep 1-2 months in an airtight container or freezer bag. To reheat, you can thaw on the counter/in the fridge or pop them in a warm oven for 10-15 minutes.
4. Substitutions and Changes. My favorite gluten free baking mix is this one. It’s a direct 1-to-1 substitute for white flour and gives me really consisted results when converting recipes like this. I don’t recommend using a straight flour (like all rice flour) since the results have been so varied when I’ve tried that.
You can totally use dairy (milk and butter) for this if you’re not dairy free. You can also swap honey in for the syrup if you prefer. I’ve tried both several times and for some reason, I prefer the flavor and texture of syrup (which surprised me, since I love honey and cornbread together!).
What Goes Better with Cornbread Than…
- Prize Winning Pumpkin Chili
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili
- Slow Cooker Pumpkin Taco Soup
- Chicken and Lime Soup
- 1¼ cups cornmeal
- 1 cup gluten free 1 to 1 baking mix, like Bob's Red Mill
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 cup milk (I use unsweetened almondmilk)
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
- 2 Tbsp avocado oil, melted butter, or ghee
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine. Whisk in the pumpkin, milk, eggs, syrup, and oil. Stir until just combined and no dry clumps remain.
- Scoop batter into a standard 12-cup muffin pan (spray or grease if not nonstick).
- Bake 17-20 minutes, or until cooked through (a toothpick will come out clean when inserted in the center of a muffin) and slightly golden.
- Allow to cool slightly, then serve warm!