Pumpkin Apple Oat Bran Muffins, Gluten Free

Pumpkin Apple Oat Bran Muffins. Gluten and dairy-free and full of big flavor.

Even before the GF days when I saw a muffin in a bakery that screamed HEALTHY I’d keep moving down the pickings. I like muffins that aren’t too sweet, that have a decent crumb and tear and are full of big flavor and hopefully contain some berries or dried fruits and nuts. Do not feed me a muffin that’s a doppelgänger for a paper weight, full of ingredients from the co-ops last bin of leftovers or the latest in health-fad-tastic eating. Just give me something good to eat.

I owe you some gooey good chocolate stuff because I present to you a muffin that is apparently good for you. Starting out, I had no idea this is where it would end up. However it meets my criteria for good muffin-ness. It is light, has good texture and tear and doesn’t crumble apart. It tastes pretty good and the cake is filled with goodies that you have to chew, but not for four hours at a time.

The roasted, salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) compliment the pumpkin puree but if you don’t want to use the seeds, just leave them out. If you don’t enjoy walnuts, use pecans. GF oat bran (Bob’s Red Mill) is a new-ish product and I’ve found lots of uses for it. It needs to be incorporated sparingly in most baked goods because it can make them more dry than usual. It’s the tiny hint of nutty bran that gives the muffin a nice back note flavor and texture without screaming bran muffin. Don’t be tempted to use more.

Don’t fret, though. If you think I’m losing my gooey chocolate, giant frosting, cakey, cupcake, filled cookies pizzaz, it’s only on vacation. It’ll be back shortly. Stay tuned. In the meantime, make these – you might even not miss a gooey chocolate thing for a few minutes.

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Pumpkin Apple Oat Bran Muffins. Gluten and dairy-free and full of big flavor.

Pumpkin Apple Oat Bran Muffins, Gluten Free
Though these muffins might seem slightly too healthy, don't let that stop you from making them - because they are pretty darn tasty. They're not dry or crumbly and the flavors all work together nicely. It's a great breakfast muffin. And they have a nice puffy top and aren't dense like some of their healthy muffin cousins. Makes 16-20 regular size muffins.
  • 260 grams Canteen Flour Blend (2 cups)
  • 40 grams GF oat bran (1/3 cup)
  • 100 grams granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 160 grams canned pumpkin puree (organic) (3/4 cup)
  • 60 grams unsweetened applesauce (organic) (¼ cup)
  • 80 grams pureed banana (1 small gnarly banana)
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 125 grams canola oil (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60 grams dried cranberries (1/2 cup)
  • 60 grams finely chopped walnuts (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons GF oat bran
  • 2 tablespoons roasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place liners in regular size muffin pan(s) (16-20).
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, oat bran, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and baking soda. In a smaller bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, banana puree, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Fold into flour mixture until blended. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Scoop into liners about ⅔ full. The batter will be thick. Sprinkle the tops with oat bran and pepitas. Bake 18-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out without crumbs. Cool a minute or two in the pan and then transfer muffins to a rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Apple Oat Bran Muffins. Gluten and dairy-free and full of big flavor.


  1. These look delicious, are these mini muffins or full size ones?

  2. Made 2 batches already and just wanted to say how amazingly good they are. Absolutely spiffing. Had to make 2 changes due to allergies (the celiac I’m come almost 100% to terms with, but the nut & banana allergies I’ve had since infancy seem a bigger pain in the tuckus) – bumped up the pepitas (chopped inside, whole on top) and the applesauce to replace the nuts & nanner. And the 2nd batch, because my husband was giving me the wide eye puppy plea look – added some chocolate chips. Prefer the 1st way myself, at least in the morning but there IS a certain something to the pumpkin & chocolate mix that DOES make an otherwise healthy muffin feel like a decadent dessert on a hot night. And an extra thanks – the fact you weigh everything – a thousand blessings on your scales, may they always weigh true! SO much easier (and often flat out only way it’s doable!) to make subs for other allergies. Giving me a number to base the banana sub on means I don’t have to go pull on a glove at the store and try to surreptitiously guesstimate how much 1 or more would be, whizzed up. Thanks so much!

    • GlutenFreeCanteen says:

      I love what you did with the recipe, Jenna. Chocolate chips are a fantastic addition.