Pumpkin Muffins With Maple Glaze

by Ann on October 19, 2009

Pumpkin Muffins With Maple Glaze

Pumpkin Muffins With Maple Glaze


Have you ever had the delicious Pumpkin Loaf from Starbucks?  It has such a strong pumpkin flavor without being overwhelming, a soft, melt in your mouth texture contrasting with a topping of crunchy pumpkin seeds.  My son snarfed that up in two seconds.  I felt so inspired by witnessing the boy gobble up the bread that I wanted to make something comparable yet gluten free.  I can tell you that these pumpkin muffins don’t taste like the pumpkin loaf, but I veered off that track while developing this recipe and personally craved  pumpkin maple muffins with a maple glaze topping instead.  Also, you would never know these muffins are gluten-free!   I used enough liquids in this recipe that the muffins are plenty moist, and day two  they remind me a little of Mimi’s honey bran muffins.  The glaze has the additional maple flavor that I wouldn’t want to do without.  My taste-testers said they liked the muffins solo- but some raved about the glaze (myself included, hate to admit it but I was loving the full of sugar maple glaze!)   You never really know when people are being honest or just nice – but everyone loved them!  My son kept coming back for more and eventually I had to put a stop to it or he’d be up all night on a sugar high!  He’s always honest and never spares my feelings while taste testing anything:)  However, sometimes he just makes a face by the looks of things so I don’t think he’s the most qualified…

Today my son took me on a walk through the neighborhood- it’s one of very few nice day’s that we’ve had in weeks!  I decided to gather up some leaves for this picture.  Thank you neighbors, for letting me walk into your lawns and pick up leaves!  I did feel a little weird walking around their lawns but there were some pretty leaves that complimented the muffins nicely.   


  • Muffins
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed up
  • 2 eggs + 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar (ground as fine as you can get it) – if you have 3/4 cup maple sugar, you can use this and omit the 1/4 cup maple syrup entirely…I ran out 
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla or maple flavoring/extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • Maple Glaze
  • 9 TB powdered sugar
  • 3 TB grade B maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract or flavoring


  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, beat coconut oil with sugars and maple syrup, add eggs, then pumpkin, then vanilla
  • Slowly beat in dry ingredients
  • Grease muffin pan or use liners – for mini-muffins, I used a small cookie scoop and for the regular muffins I used a medium-sized cookie scoop.  Fill 3/4 way full.
  • Mini-muffins will bake about 15 minutes and regular sized muffins will bake around 25-28 minutes.   Toothpick in center will come out clean.  Do not under-cook (the cupcakes are moist enough that the raw pumpkin flavor will debut which is not good)
  • Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes – transfer and cool on wire rack
  • With a fork, mix glaze ingredients – I used a spoon for drizzle and also a silicone brush

Not only do these muffins get more moist on day two, but the glaze sinks in a bit (I think the muffins absorb the glaze, hence the honey topped Mimi’s style muffin).  So, for the photo above I made even more glaze for the benefit of the camera.  Oh darn, more glaze on my muffin:)

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Diva on a Diet October 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Wow, these look and sound delicious! I love the leaves in the photo too, such a nice touch and perfect for the season.

2 theskinnyplate October 19, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Beautiful creation. The changing leaves makes the perfect backdrop for them.

3 stephchows October 20, 2009 at 8:10 am

mmm I bet the almond flour gave these a wonderful taste! And the maple glaze has me drooling!

4 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen October 21, 2009 at 8:53 am

I love everything about these muffins! They look amazing! Definitely going to have to try them! :)
Really enjoying your blog!

5 ingrid October 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm

That’s a lovely photo! the leaves your generous neighbors allowed to snag really made it. :) I love all that wonderful maple glaze it sealed the deal for me!

My children are brutally honest. Thankfully I’m thick skinned and they’e not super picky.

6 Kari Kurtz October 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm

these look mouth watering!

7 lisaiscooking October 22, 2009 at 7:08 am

Your muffins look delicious! I’ve been craving these flavors, and the maple glaze sounds lovely. Pretty leaves too!

8 cinnamonquill October 22, 2009 at 8:38 am

These sound fabulous; I just ordered the Honeyville almond flour, so I’ll definitely have to give these a try! And I love the use of maple syrup here…

9 gaga October 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I looove maple glaze. I’m always a sucker for maple bars, so I’d love this!

10 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

OMG – Do those ever look freakin amazing!!!

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