- ½ cup brown sugar OR coconut palm sugar (unrefined, more nutritious & lower GI)
- ¼ cup (4 Tbs.) shortening (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks or Coconut Oil)
- 1 egg OR egg substitute (1 Tbs. flaxseed meal steeped in 3 Tbs. very warm water – let stand until viscous)
- ¾ cup pumpkin purée
- 1 ¼ cup Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour
- 2 Tbs. flaxseed meal (optional, but healthy & nice flavor addition)
- 1 Tbs. baking powder, gluten-free
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup milk, dairy or non-dairy (soy, almond or coconut milk beverage)
- ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
- ¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- sugar + cinnamon mixture to sprinkle on tops (optional)
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg or egg substitute and pumpkin. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the pumpkin mixture, alternating with milk. Beat until fully incorporated. Fold in berries and/or nuts, if using.
Scoop into prepared muffin tins — the batter will be thick, so smooth the tops with a rubber spatula before baking. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture, if using.
Bake for 16-18 minutes, checking with a toothpick to see that they are done before removing to cool on a wire rack.