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Flaxseed & Pumpkin Muffins

Flaxseed pumpkin muffins make a healthy breakfast or a snack on the go.  Low carb and gluten free these are a great way to start the day.

I had a large batch of pumpkin puree and thought I’d bake some muffins with it.  Although I already have a pumpkin and coconut flour muffin recipe I thought I’d try something with ground flaxseed for lower carbs.  These muffins are very moist and remind me slightly of a carrot cake.   I served mine with a vanilla cream cheese topping but that is optional.

The muffins did not rise as much as I had hoped but they were still delicious and the flat top was easier to spread the topping!  If I made this again, I might try using baking soda instead of baking powder to see if a change in raising agent would make a difference.   The Chief Taster enjoyed them and did not complain about the flaxseed (which makes a change).  He did find them a bit “moist” so you might want to bake them an additional 10 minutes if you want a more firmer inside to your muffin.

If you don’t have all the spices you could use a ready mixed pumpkin spice as that is much the same.

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Flaxseed & Pumpkin Muffins

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup erthyritol (or sugar substitute of your choice)

3 eggs

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tspn baking powder

1 tspn vanilla essence

1 tspn ground cinnamon

1/2 tspn ground all spice

1 tspn ground ginger

1/4 tspn ground cloves

1/4 tspn ground nutmeg

1/4 tspn salt

TOPPING (optional)

25g cream cheese, at room temperature

25g butter, at room temperature

2 tspn vanilla essence

2 tblspn ground erthyritol (or sweetener of your choice)

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  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees.
  • Grease a muffin tin (it makes 9 muffins) or use muffin cases.
  • Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add the butter, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla and stir until combine thoroughly.
  • Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until the tops are firm.
  • To make the topping, simply blend all of the topping ingredients together until smooth (I use a hand blender but a fork and elbow power is good too!).
  • When the muffins are cool, spread the topping over them.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Makes 9 muffins

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Nutritional info per muffin – 216 calories, 20g Fat, 6g Protein, 7g Carbs, 5g Fibre, 2g Net Carbs

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  • Reply
    November 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for posting the recipe! I am keto and was searching for a low carb /sugar option to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. I made a test batch last night – they taste great warm. Going to increase the amount of spice and maybe add pumpkin pie spice to the list for my next batch!

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      Angela Coleby
      November 22, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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    October 25, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I just made these last night because I was dying for a little sweet fall snack. YUM! I actually changed up the cooking quite a bit, and the recipe only slightly. I increased the spices slightly because I love a really spicy muffin, and increased the salt ever so slightly, and decreased the sugar by about 25%, but then added in about 10 stevia glycinate drops, and a quick dash of apple cider vinegar (maybe a teaspoon or two?) to help the batter react with the baking soda and rise better. I then added the batter to a silicone jumbo muffin container, with a little batter leftover, topped with some chopped walnuts stuck slightly into the batter, and a little cinnamon/ “sugar” powder, and cooked in the microwave until they were fully cooked through (about 5m, 30 seconds for me in a nicer, newer microwave). I popped one out and while it was done, it was a little too moist, so I cooked another minute and it was fine, so I guess the good thing is, it would be difficult to overcook in the microwave.

    I can’t have lactose, so omitted the topping and just added a little butter and another sprinkle of the cinnamon/”sugar”. They rose beautifully, to the top, and were amazing. My daughter who can be picky, asked for another, and then packed another one in her lunch this morning. Not sure if they would have risen the same in the oven, but based on comments including yours, maybe they rise better in the microwave, or maybe it was another factor? In any case, while I generally try to avoid the microwave, we were hungry for a quick snack and didn’t want to wait the 35ish+ minutes including warmup time it would have likely taken in our jumbo muffin tin in the oven. It doesn’t seem to let me post a picture, but filling the jumbo “tin” up halfway with batter allowed it to rise just over the top of the muffin pan, and it didn’t sink back down when i took it out.

    I plan on making these again this weekend for breakfast and adding in a little chopped pear or apple to my daughter’s to make them extra special for her. This will be a keeper recipe, and it allows me to use my giant bag of golden flaxmeal from Costco. I’ll have to try replacing the pumpkin at some point, with something like banana down the road too, as we don’t always have pumpkin on hand; while it wouldn’t be keto friendly, I feel good about my daughter packing these in her lunch and she’s not keto.

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      Angela Coleby
      October 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      I love the sound of what you did to this and didn’t think about baking it in the microwave! What a great idea! Send me the photos to my email address: and I’ll post them to the Facebook page! Glad your daughter enjoyed them too! Nothing better than sneaking some flax into your family’s diet!

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    September 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I think these would be better as mini muffins (just a little bite!) or maybe they need separate eggs with the egg whites whipped in order to make them a little fluffier. The taste is great though, and I was happy to find a recipe where I could use flax seeds!!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      September 24, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      That’s a good idea and I might be able to force feed the husband a mini one!

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    February 27, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Another amazing recipe,..Love the cream cheese topping too! MMMMMM! 🙂

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    February 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Ooooo looks good. Pumpkin flavored anything <3 <3 <3

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      Angela Coleby
      February 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Glad to hear! I’ve got a couple more pumpkin recipes to post too! I made a pumpkin ice cream that I’d fight my grandma for the last bowl! 😉

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