Savoury Pumpkin Muffins (vegan & gluten-free)
Serves: 10 muffins
  • 100g ground almonds (1 cup)
  • 95g brown rice flour (3/4 cup)
  • 70g buckwheat or millet flour (1/2 cup)
  • 30g tapioca flour (1/4 cup)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 sage sprigs, picked
  • 3 rosemary sprigs, picked
  • 5 thyme sprigs, picked
  • ½ lemon, zest
  • 2tbsp ground flaxseed + 6tbsp water
  • 240ml pumpkin puree (1 cup)
  • 80ml olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • 120ml plus as needed almond milk (1/2 cup+)
  • 2tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top
  1. Mix 2tbsp ground flaxseed with 6tbsp water and set aside to thicken.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350F)
  3. Prepare 12 hole cupcake size tin with 10 cases. I use 5" square cut out from baking paper.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together ground almonds, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sea salt and black pepper and set aside.
  5. Pick and finely chop the rosemary and sage, pick the thyme and add together with the lemon zest to the dry mix. Whisk until combined.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together flax eggs, pumpkin puree, olive oil, almond milk and apple cider vinegar.
  7. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix until well combined. You should have thick muffin consistency. Add extra almond milk as needed.
  8. Spoon the mixture evenly into your prepared cases and sprinkle with few pumpkin seeds.
  9. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean.
  10. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before removing from tin.
  11. Enjoy warm or cold.
I've used half of a medium Hokkaido squash to make pumpkin puree for this recipe. To steam your pumpkin or squash, very carefully open your pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and chop into large chunks. Place into steaming basket or pot filled with little water, cover and steam until tender. Leave to cool down, scoop out the flesh away from the skin and blend until smooth.
Recipe by Nirvana Cakery at