Pumpkin Fatigue

It's pumpkin season. Pumpkin carving, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin cake, pumpkin pie. That's a lot of pumpkin.

I'll let you in on a little secret: I don't much care for pumpkin. There, I said it. It's true. While everyone else is chowing down on pumpkins, I'd much rather be eating something else. Like cranberry-orange muffins. Now there's a Starbucks goodie I used to go nuts over. And then...it wasn't there anymore. And then...I had to eat gluten-free.

I've tried my fair share of gluten-free cranberry-orange muffin recipes, but I quite like this one. It's got a great crumb, but it still holds together, which is always a feat for gluten-free baked goods. With a cinnamon crumble topping, it still has a little taste of fall.  Popped in the toaster oven, it rivals any and all things pumpkin.


Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Muffins 


  • 160 g gluten-free flour mix (I used the white flour blend from Gluten-Free Girl Every Day)
  • 30 g flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1 T psyllium husks
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 T orange zest
  • 3 T butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T orange juice
  • 1/2 c cranberries

For the crumble:

  • 2 T cold butter
  • 2 T gluten free flour
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 t orange zest
  • pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a muffin pan with papers.

Prepare the crumble: cut the butter into the sugar, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange zest and sugar. Whisk in the remaining dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, butter, and vanilla.

Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients. Stir half-way and add the cranberries. Stir very gently until combined.

Use a spoon to divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin tins.

Top with the crumble, pressing lightly on the tops.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out almost clean.

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