Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Summer and fall collide in this healthy & delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Freezer-friendly!

Is anyone else teetering between sadness that summer is ending and elation about the beginning of fall? (🙋🏻☀️🎃🍉🍂) I feel like a great battle of emotions is taking place in my heart right now. I love splashing in the pool, AND hiking in the brisk fall air. Both flip flops and a warm pair of boots make my feet sing. Am I ready to give up tomatoes and watermelon for apples and pomegranates?! Oh the war within!

Since making decisions is completely overrated (and something I am nearly incapable of doing), I created this recipe so you don’t have to! Today summer and fall collide to make something beautiful…Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Can’t decide between summer and fall,  no problem at all!

Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Summer and fall collide in this healthy & delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Freezer-friendly!

I’m not kidding when I say I can’t make decisions!  Thankfully, when I’m plagued by indecision my husband always comes to the rescue! Whether it’s a trivial choice like what to wear, or something of much greater weight and significance, I can always count on Ritch as a voice of reason in my life! Yet another example of why I adore that guy! I even asked him to choose which photo of these muffins was the “best”…because I just couldn’t. Now that’s love people.

Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Summer and fall collide in this healthy & delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Freezer-friendly!

Now back to these muffins! We’re entering the season where the zucchini plants in our gardens are still producing a wonderful harvest, AND we have some pumpkins ready to pick off the vine! So why not embrace the summer-fall duality with this Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini muffin recipe? Loaded with veggies, these muffins are gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Summer and fall collide in this healthy & delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Freezer-friendly!

A few notes on this recipe:

  1. These muffins are best when the batter is made in the Vitamix (surprise surprise)! Start by adding your wet ingredients (besides eggs) and blend until smooth. Then add the dry ingredients and blend until combined! Add eggs and pulse to combine. Mix in your chocolate chips by hand and bake away!
  2. I do not recommend any substitutions in this recipe. These muffins turn out the best when made exactly as written!
  3. You can easily make your own pumpkin pie spice. (here’s my favorite recipe from The Pioneer Woman). However, I found some organic pumpkin pie spice on clearance at Sprouts and totally took advantage of the pre-made stuff this time!

Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Summer and fall collide in this healthy & delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Freezer-friendly!

These Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins are dense and moist with a rich cinnamon/spice flavor. Not to mention they will make your house smell absolutely fabulous! Every time I bake these Ritch heads straight for the kitchen the moment he walks in the door to discover the source of that “amazing smell!”

Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Summer and fall collide in this healthy & delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Freezer-friendly!

These muffins freeze beautifully! After baking, let them cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Once they reach room temperature put them in a ziplock bag or freezer-friendly container and toss them in the freezer. To eat, simply reheat in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds (depending on the number of muffins), or warm in the oven!

Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Summer and fall collide in this healthy & delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Freezer-friendly!

Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

5 minutes

25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a standard muffin pan, set aside.
  2. Combine coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Put zucchini, pumpkin, coconut sugar, and coconut oil into your blender ([Vitamix| http://vitamixtrack.com/click.track?CID=292558&AFID=417333&ADID=1450715&SID=&NonEncodedURL=
  4. ]) or food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Add the vanilla and apple cider vinegar and blend until combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and blend until combined.
  7. Add eggs all at once and blend until just combined.
  8. Mix in chocolate chips (or cinnamon chips) by hand.
  9. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean. (To make into bread bake in 9x5” loaf pan for 35-40 minutes!)

Notes

These muffins freeze VERY well. I make a batch, freeze them and then pop them out for an easy, healthy breakfast for my kids! I just reheat for 1 minute in the microwave (from frozen) and let them cool a bit! My kids LOVE these. *Please note cinnamon chips are not paleo.

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Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins! Summer and fall collide in this healthy & delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Freezer-friendly!

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a muffin (or two) with your favorite friend! These Paleo Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins are both kid and husband approved! This morning sweet Naomi finished her first muffin and {very enthusiastically} signed for more more more! 🙂

If you’re looking for more freezer-friendly, super healthy & delicious muffin recipes, check these out!

Spinach Banana muffins (Like a green smoothie in muffin form! gluten-free)!

Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins (Where this recipe was adapted from! Paleo, gluten-free & dairy-free)

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Packed full of zucchini and protein from Greek yogurt! Gluten-free)

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