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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins for Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving is just days away – do you have your menu prepared? If you are still looking for some healthy dishes to serve your family and friends, check out our list of 101 Healthy Holiday Recipes for inspiration!

These Pumpkin Spice Muffins from IIN graduate and author of Clean Start and Clean Food, Terry Walters, are another of our favorite healthy, protein-packed recipes. They’re the perfect snack to keep you fueled as you start to power through your holiday cooking this week!


Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 30 muffins


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2/3 cup grated peeled apple or applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown teff flour
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare mini-muffin tins with oil or paper muffin cups.
  2. Place dates in food processor and mince.  Add remaining wet ingredients and process to combine. Place all dry ingredients in separate bowl, and whisk to combine.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix to combine. Immediately scoop batter by the tablespoon into muffin tins. Distribute batter evenly. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and set on rack to cool completely before removing from tin.