Pumpkin Muffins

The first time I made these muffins Oscar helped me make them in the morning.  That night we were having a roast for dinner and while I was preparing the vegetables Oscar came into the kitchen.  This is the conversation that followed.
Oscar: what’s that mum?
Mum: Carrot
Oscar: I don’t like carrot………..what’s that?
Mum: Swede
Oscar: I don’t like swede………..what’s that?
Mum: Pumpkin
Oscar: I don’t like pumpkin.
Mum (getting a bit exasperated): What vegetables do you like Oscar?
Oscar: Those (pointing to the pumpkin muffins)!At least he’s eating some form of vegetable!The recipe is based on a gluten free recipe from Friendly Food and is listed as a breakfast recipe.  The muffins are quite sweet, a little bit too sweet for me, so I would probably use less sugar next time.

Pumpkin Muffins

Serves 12
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Dairy, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates, Wheat
Suitable for Dairy / Lactose Free, Gluten Free, RPAH Elimination Diet - Moderate Chemical, Salicylate Challenge
Meal type Breakfast, Sweet Things
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
From book Friendly Food
A breakfast muffin. Pumpkin muffins that are moderate in salicylates, with a gluten-free and dairy-free version.


  • 100g potatoes (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 100g pumpkin (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup plain white flour
  • 1 cup plain wholemeal flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 125g butter or Nuttelex
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (soft)
  • 1/2 cup pear juice (Refer to the Substitutes page)


1. Boil or steam the potato and pumpkin for 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain well, then mash. Measure out 1/2 cup of the mash for this recipe. Set aside and allow to cool.
2. Preheat the oven to 210 C and prepare 2 large muffin trays.
3. Beat the butter/Nuttelex and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Add the cooled mashed potato and pumpkin and stir through.
5. Sift the flours and baking powder, adding the husks back in, and add to the mixture alternating with the pear juice.
6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin pans, then bake for about 12 - 15 minutes or until cooked through.
7. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then place on a wire rack to cool.


Moderate Salicylates,  Low Glutamates, Low Amines

Refer to the Substitutes page for how to make pear juice.


  1. For a dairy-free version use dairy-free margarine instead of butter.
  2. For a gluten-free version use 1/2 cup rice flour, 1/2 cup potato flour, 1/2 cup arrowroot and 1/2 cup maize cornflour (cornstarch) instead of the plain and wholemeal flour, and gluten-free baking powder.

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4 Responses to Pumpkin Muffins

  1. Kate says:

    Woweeeee.tried them and they are awesome! Really yum.iadded half a banana, because I had one and that was delish too! Didn’t have pear juice so used soy milk for a dairy and egg free treat. Will definitely be making again.thanks for the recipe!

  2. Kate says:

    These look great…but do they need egg?