Ella’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I love food that makes my house smell like fall. I love crisp, cool nights where we can open up the sliding door to let some fresh air in. The smell of burning wood in the air. There’s nothing like it.

Ella got her first taste of pumpkin treats a couple of weeks ago. I made up a batch of these pancakes, then decided to make her mini muffins with some pumpkin and spices. I love making Ella’s meals.I love creating new recipes in my (tiny) kitchen. Swapping around the kitchen aid, food processor and my vitamix in limited counter space. Someday I’ll have a big kitchen with an island where Ella can pull up a stool and help me bake! I can’t wait for that!

Now, she just makes a mess below my feet…piling up her stuffed animals while I try to keep her out of the trash, Munchkin’s food and my drawers. Or from drawing on my kitchen floor with chalk.  It’s quite the scene. Especially when she gets my broom and her and Munchi start chasing each other. The giggling is worth the price of admission alone.


If anyone has followed any of my previous posts about Ella’s eating you may remember me mentioning keeping her on a gluten-free diet until her digestive system matured. The information out there on wheat is very disturbing, and I am doing the best I can with the information I have to ensure I raise a healthy, happy baby. My goal has been for her to enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods (as a kid and an adult) to help her grow, keep her immune system strong, her pipes clean, and hopefully, prevent her from becoming too picky. So far so good. I know it can be subject to change, but I am doing my best to not make a big deal out of food and be a healthy, balanced role model for her. Fingers crossed she stays adventurous!

Ella is a very daring  toddler who eats a varied whole foods diet. Anything from hummus to avocado pudding to salmon and grass-fed, local filet mignon to Brussels sprouts, cauliflower (all veggies!) and kale chips…she even steals lettuce from my salads! That one shocked me because I never even offered her lettuce before….but she loves it! I let her have it as a treat after she’s eaten her meal of healthy fat and protein (even though after her bath each night, like clockwork, she sticks her fingers in her jar of coconut oil and eats it like Pooh eats honey). I want to make sure she consumes all of her calorie dense stuff first to support her very fast metabolism. I try and treat all food equally though…things that us adults would look at as dessert (chocolate avo pudding), she will eat a few bites of but then wash it down with kale. I hate to say it (so knock on wood) but this child is an awesome eater. And I couldn’t be more pleased and proud!


My work schedule, (and now with yoga training/classes), has me all over the place at different times. We are usually rushing out in the morning so I can drop her to my moms and get to my early clients. I always have Ella’s meals packed for the day no matter where or what time we go out. She eats a lot of fresh foods, but also I have a lot of things in my freezer for her—Ella’s “fast food” for the road are things I make ahead of time. Muffins and mini muffins of different varieties have been a staple in my freezer since she graduated from homemade purees. They are quick to make and such a lifesaver when we are on the go with limited time!

When developing recipes for Ella I try to go for things that are packed with nutrients, full of flavor and are sugar-free–or very, very low in sugar. One of her favorites are the banana hemp muffins I created, and this recipe is a fall adaption of them!



Ella’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins

yield: 30 mini muffins

The Fitness Dish


  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup millet flour*
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flour*
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour*
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (plus more for the pan)
  • 8 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup, or NuNaturals stevia baking blend (to lower sugar more)
  • 2 teaspoons date sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a mini muffin tin with melted coconut oil. *To make “flour” out of millet, quinoa and/or oatmeal just grind it all up in your food processor. Add  ground flax, oat flour, millet flour, quinoa flour, hemp seeds, baking soda and spices to a bowl and whisk together. In a separate bowl using an electric hand mixer or kitchen aid stand mixer cream together eggs, coconut oil, sweeteners and vanilla. Mix in pumpkin puree and mashed banana. Slowly mix in dry mixture and mix until combined. Fold in raisins. Use a cookie scooper and evenly scoop batter into greased muffin tins. Bake for 18-22 minutes at 375 degrees. In my oven it takes about 20 minutes, but times may vary.


*Once these are completely cool, I set two aside for her breakfast/snack and freeze the rest in a large freezer bag. They come out easily and I just take two and heat them for 30-40 seconds in a microwave when ready to eat! I love freezing close to when I baked them to keep them really fresh!



Tip for mom! This recipe makes either 30 mini muffins, or you can make 24 and throw the rest of the batter into two greased ramekins and microwave for about 2 minutes (or bake with the muffins). There’s your adult-sized muffin for the road!


Tomorrow I hope to get in my first HIIT workout in a while! I’ve been doing yoga 3-4 times a week and cardio 1-2 times a week. I need to get in a good old strength session too! I have avoided jumping around since my neck is iffy, but perhaps tomorrow will be the day! I wanted to post a new workout on here soon…but need to play around and maybe do some taping.

Speaking of…if I did a Q&A session on here, what kind of Q’s would you have for me? Any topic. I am thinking of doing my first vlog, and a Q&A sounds like fun! Ella and Munchkin may even chime in….

Meanwhile..aside from my daughter..this kid is my hero:

What’s Wrong with out Food Supply According to an 11 year old! Definitely a must watch….many adults can learn something from him!



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  • Reply Susan

    Yum love pumpkin. Could eat it everyday, Ella is is sweet, glad your mom had a great birthday.

    Well done to the you boy, so scary about all the crap that is available in shops and packaged as food with health claims on the packet. Sometimes it is hard to eat well especially when I get comments from others that I’m weird for taking in my own food into work. Ordered the book hungry for change so will let you know if it’s any good

    October 11, 2012 at 1:37 am
    • Reply laury

      I know you do! I need you to come back to the states so I can make you some pumpkin treats 😉

      Let me know how the book is. I saw the movie and follow their site so I’d be interested in reading it! You need to get a Nook so we can borrow from each other!

      October 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm
      • Reply Susan

        What’s a nook? Is it the same as a Kindle? Was thinking of putting it on my Christmas wish list so I could put a nook on it instead:). Still waiting for book to arrive but I think it will be good.

        October 13, 2012 at 11:13 am
        • Reply laury

          Yes! it’s the same! But get what you want! Nook you can share books but I was disappointed with all of the lend me items. I researched the Nook color vs. Kindle Fire and Nook came out on top. Even the Best Buy guy, who was selling them at same exact price (not on commission) convinced me. Check it out!

          October 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Katy

    Good job on ensuring your daughter eats healthy right from the beginning! Growing up in a Chinese household, we had cooked veggies with all our meals and even though they probably weren’t that healthy because they had lots of sauces and cooked in probably a lot of oil, I grew up loving veggies. Now I will eat it in any state and I actually crave cauliflower. Mmm.

    October 11, 2012 at 2:31 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Katy! I don’t necessarily think that sauces and oils are unhealthy too though! Depending on what they are/ what’s in them. Fats are a critical part of our diets…especially for young ones with developing brains! Ella gets lots and lots of fats. I make her veggies with coconut oil, olive oil or recipes with grass-fed organic butter (CLA!) and it helps her grow!

      Good to know the way your family fed you had an effect on your healthy life as an adult 🙂 I hope Ella can say the same someday.

      October 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

    These look so great and I love all the ingredients in there! Ella is one lucky girl!

    October 11, 2012 at 7:40 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you!

      October 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots

    are you secretly in IIN and never said anything?? That video was in one of my classes last week!

    October 11, 2012 at 9:12 am
    • Reply laury

      Ha! No I wish I could afford IIN! I saw it on facebook

      October 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    ella is an amazing eater! i wish my mom fed me the food you give her lol! omg fingers in the coconut oil?! too much! i would love to see an eye makeup tutorial which isn’t really much of a q&a but your eyes always look amazing!

    October 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, it is too much! Especially when it’s all over my pillows hahaha. But it’s okay..some extra healthy fat before bed is only a good thing for a baby’s growing brain!

      Thank you, I am flattered! Ha! I will work on that one. Need to get better lighting in here!

      October 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I love hearing about how Ella eats! And it’s proof that it can be done—so many parents say their child won’t eat anything healthy… boo to that!

    The muffins look and sound awesome!!

    October 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    I love reading how ella eats and would love to know what books you read for advice/recipes/etc. I want my daughter to eat well myself and would love some advice or some book suggestions/site suggestions! Thanks girl!

    October 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    • Reply laury

      Just send you my recs 🙂

      October 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply blackhuff

    I love Gluten free recipes. Not because only for the healthy benefits but because there is so many people intolerant or allergic to gluten. Thanks for sharing

    October 12, 2012 at 6:32 am
  • Reply jen

    1- those muffins look delicious
    2- while shopping at trader joes i saw they are now carrying all natural kale chips, which are 3.99, and instantly thought of your daughter and her kale chip addiction. 3.99 is way better than the whole foods price, and theyre really good!
    3- a vlog would be so awesome..i have a million questions about everything for weight loss in general, so just talk about…everything, haha.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:34 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Jen! I am so excited! I need to go to TJ’s to get some!!!!!! There is no TJ’s conveniently loccated, both are kind of out of the way, but worth it if you say the kale chips are cheap and good 😉

      I could always make them, but it’s a lot of work and they always magically disappear right after they get out of the oven 😉

      Thanks for the vlog suggestions!

      October 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Ellie@Fit for the Soul

    What a blessing THAT Ella eats well and isn’t picky! I hope to someday have a child who’s willing to be adventurous too~ 😀 And I’m sure it makes things a whole lot easier. hehe. And I have a strange obsession with spices, herbs, and trying out all sorts of different flours! Gluten free baking is so fun in my opinion.

    October 15, 2012 at 12:23 am
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