Pumpkin Pecan Oat Muffins – GF

by Her Happy Balance on September 23, 2015

Today on HHB I’m sharing a deliciously moist pumpkin muffin recipe loaded with pecans and oats and full of rich, fall flavors. These treats are sweetened with applesauce, brown sugar, and honey and do not contain any refined white flour or sugar. Bonus – they’re gluten free!

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Pumpkin Pecan Oat Muffins
Yields 12
A deliciously moist pumpkin muffin with pecans and oats that is full of rich, fall flavor.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 Cup pumpkin
  2. 1 Cup old-fashioned oats*
  3. 1/2 Cup brown rice flour
  4. 1/2 Cup applesauce
  5. 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  6. 1/2 Cup pecans, chopped
  7. 1/4 Cup honey
  8. 1 Egg
  9. 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  10. 2 and 1/2 Tsp. pumpkin spice
  11. 1 Tsp. vanilla extract
  12. 1 Tsp. baking powder
  13. 1/2 Tsp. baking soda
  14. 1/2 Tsp. Kosher salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine all wet ingredients and mix until uniform consistency is reached. Slowly stir in each of the dry ingredients, saving the pecans and chia seeds for last. Spoon mixture into greased muffin pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick can be removed cleanly from muffins.
  1. *Make sure you buy oats that specify gluten free, such as Bob's Red Mill brand.
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I’m still happily chugging along on the #AllThingsPumpkin train. We’ve got a little over one week until October arrives and November with gingerbread/eggnog/peppermint season will be here before we know it. So I’ve got to milk this whole fall, pumpkin thing while I still can! And I promise that there is no better way to do so than with warm, sweet pumpkin goodness coming at you straight out of the oven, filling your kitchen with cinnamon spice and all things nice 😉

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The applesauce helps to sweeten these little babies up, while keeping them moist as can be even a week after baking them. I’ve been eating them for breakfast with a a little smear of butter and popping them before a run as fuel. They’re not too big, nor overly cake-y, and they work well as snacks, too! If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can substitute maple syrup for honey and a chia or flax egg {1 Tbsp. chia/ground flax + 3 Tbsp. water}  for the egg in this recipe.

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Favorite fall flavors? Gingerbread is a very close 2nd to pumpkin spice.
Have you ever baked with applesauce before?

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Nicole @ Simply Nicole September 23, 2015 at 6:20 am

They look amazing. I don’t bake with applesauce nearly enough, but thanks for the reminder!

-Nicole @ Simply Nicole

Her Happy Balance September 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

Thanks, Nicole! I forget to use applesauce when baking too…but apple season reminded me!

Rosi September 23, 2015 at 6:53 am

Well don’t these just look yum! I love the fall flavor of pumpkin but this year I think I’m going to go with more apples…of course pumpkin stuff will be made! I love cooking with applesauce, I prefer it over oil. Thanks for sharing, pinned! 😉

Her Happy Balance September 24, 2015 at 9:48 am

Thank you , Rosi! I really appreciate you pinning 🙂 I’ve just started to get into baking with applesauce, but now it seems like a no-brainer!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 23, 2015 at 8:44 am

Pumpkin and apples are a winning combo! I know some people are annoyed by it, but I love the influx of all things pumpkin this time of year. It makes my heart so happy!

Her Happy Balance September 24, 2015 at 9:49 am

Yes, I know people don’t always buy into the seasonal flavors, but I feel like it’s a fun way to get ready for a new holiday season so I’m on board, clearly 😉

heather September 23, 2015 at 11:59 am

Yummy, these look so good. I like vanilla as my favorite fall/winter flavor. I have never baked with applesause, but I may give it a try. Thanks for sharing

Her Happy Balance September 24, 2015 at 9:50 am

Warm vanilla is a good choice! I always associate vanilla with sugar cookies and christmas time, but it’s perfect paired with cinnamon and fall too!

rachel @ athletic avocado September 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

pumpkin and pecans are such an amazing combo! these muffins look delish!

Her Happy Balance September 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by! I LOVE pecans in basically any form so I knew they needed to pair up with pumpkin and create something delicious 🙂

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