If you’ve been looking for the perfect, healthy, pumpkin muffin recipe, then look no further because this is IT! My Gut Healthy Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffins are a delicious, flavorful, fluffy muffin that is loaded with ingredients that are good for your gut. Plus, they also happen to be gluten-free and vegan-friendly so they are the perfect allergy-friendly muffin recipe as well!
Friends, we have officially reached my favorite time of year: pumpkin season! While some people on Instagram have said that pumpkin season started way too early this year, to me, it started right on time. I always feel like this time of year goes by way too quickly, so any opportunity that I have to enjoy pumpkin season, I’ll take!
From my 5 Minute Pumpkin Butter (that’s way better than Trader Joe’s), to My Favorite Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, I love using this time of year to dedicate my blog towards sharing all of the healthy and delicious ways that you can use this superfood ingredient. Because, let’s be honest: pumpkin isn’t just a delicious, fall-time ingredient, but is also a superfood that is full of nutrients that your body thrives off of.
Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A & C, as well as antioxidants, folate, and Vitamin E, making it the perfect, gut-healthy ingredient to keep stocked in your pantry, at all times!
You may be wondering why I keep bringing up this idea of ingredients being “gut healthy.” After all, taking care of your gut health has become a popular buzzword nowadays, but what does it actually mean?
The “gut” refers to your gastrointestinal system, or GI system, which is responsible for breaking down the food we eat, absorbing the nutrients from it, and using those nutrients to support our body’s many different functions. Needless to say, your gut is super important!
There are many different ways that we can work to maintain a healthy gut, from eating a diet rich in real, whole foods, to taking the right supplements. And when I say supplements, I really mean taking a quality probiotic. Because let’s be honest, probiotics = life (literally!) Your gut is full of good bacteria, and probiotics (as well as prebiotics) ensure that your gut is able to reproduce all of that good bacteria that it needs.
For the past few years, I’ve been taking the Seed DS-01™ Daily Synbiotic, and it has been a game changer, and that’s because it’s both a probiotic and prebiotic rolled into one. And, not to mention, the capsule is made with two layers, so that the inner probiotic capsule actually makes it to your small intestine (and eventually the colon) intact.
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Since we are making muffins that support our gut health, these muffins are undoubtedly loaded with TONS of gut-healthy ingredients, like these:
And in addition to these gut-healthy ingredients, we’ll also be using the following ingredients to bring these delicious muffins to life!
To make these muffins, start by lining a muffin pan with muffin liners, or grease the pan lightly with oil or melted butter.
Next, preheat your oven to 400 F and while the oven is preheating, prepare your muffins by adding all of your dry ingredients to a large bowl: your flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and sea salt. Whisk them gently until they’re fully combined.
Then, in a separate bowl, prepare your wet ingredients. Add in your pumpkin purée, applesauce, melted coconut oil, grated apple, vanilla, and carrots, and stir until they’re fully combined.
Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix until they’re just combined, being careful not to over-mix them. You can do this by hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer – whichever you prefer!
Finally, add your dried cranberries and walnuts to the batter and fold them in until they’re fully combined. Once they’re combined, transfer your batter to your muffin tins, being sure to divide them equally between all of them. You should get approximately 12 muffins!
Bake your muffins for 26-28 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Once they’re done, let them cool, and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to two months.
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