Pumpkin Muffins With Maple Glaze

by Ann on October 19, 2009

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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