Easy Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten Free or Gluten Full Options)

Pumpkin Muffins Gluten-Fre

Several years ago, my uncle sent me a recipe that has become a family favorite.  It is easily adapted to be gluten free and can serve as a muffin (without frosting) or cupcake (with frosting) recipe.  He frequently shares that his is a half and half result, because about half of them get eaten before he can get them frosted.

There are several benefits to adding pumpkin to your diet.  Pumpkin is low in fat and rich in:

  • Alpha-carotene
  • Beta-carotene
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Pantothenic acid

Now that you have a healthy reason or two to eat these, here is another reason to eat them…they are delicious!


1 package spice cake mix (18.25 oz) 

2 cups canned pumpkin

3 large eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup water

1 pound cream cheese frosting-optional


Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare 24 muffin cups with liners. 

Blend cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil and water in large bowl and mix well.  Pour into prepared muffin cups, filling them 3/4 full. 

Bake for 18-23 minutes, or until they pass the toothpick test.  If you choose to frost them, be sure they are completely cool first.

To make this recipe gluten free, I simply substitute Namaste Spice Cake Mix (26 oz).  (Available from Amazon and Vitacost and other places that sell gluten free food.)  To be sure it is gluten free, if you are using a muffin pan that has been used for gluten-full foods, be sure to scrub it as clean as possible and use muffin tin liners.

Our family loves this recipe and I bet yours will, too!  Enjoy!





  1. 1
    Jennifer Young says:

    This sounds fantastic!! I’d love some pumpkin muffins right now!! I will have to make this with my daughters!

  2. 2

    Thanks for telling us about the gluten-free spice mix, I didn’t know such thing existed.

  3. 3
    Jessica Beard says:

    These look so yummy and easy at the same time. I love pumpkin recipes this time of year!

  4. 4
    Shannon F. says:

    Thanks for adding the gluten-free suggestion!! My sister is eating gluten-free due to an intolerance and I was looking for a good recipe to use for Thanksgiving. These will be perfect for our brunch! Thanks!

  5. 5

    We love muffins in our house, and we make them dairy-free. Pumpkin sounds tasty!

  6. 6
    Janet W. says:

    These look delicious! My grandson would love it as a cupcake with frosting!

  7. 7

    I love muffins but have never tried pumpkin in any form, will have to look out for the canned ones, and the frosting is a yes

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    Erica Barnes says:

    Thanks for mentioning where to find the gluten free spice cake mix, I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease and would love to make these!

  9. 9

    Another great recipe, I do love pumpkin bread, and these muffins will certainly hit the spot. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  10. 10

    I love that these muffins use a cake mix — sounds easy enough! My family loves pumpkin in anything. And that cream cheese frosting… oh, WOW! I need to make this recipe.

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    Cathy Shaw says:

    The spice cake mix seems brilliant. It will give the muffins their trademark flavor and do that easily.

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