While our family isn’t 100% gluten-free, it’s a goal of mine because of the positive effects a gluten-free diet can have on people who have been diagnosed with Autism.
I’ve been a fan of Udi’s and their gluten-free foods for quite some time, so when I found out they were at BlogHer, I chatted with them a bit. They emailed me a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in writing a post about gluten-free treats for Halloween. I accepted of course! When my box of goodies arrived and I spotted the Vanilla Granola, I immediately knew I had to step up my game. I wanted to make a gluten-free pumpkin bread and muffins topped with the granola. Nom, right?
Nom it was.
The pumpkin bread recipe I used is based on one from the Food Network, with some substituions.
Gluten-free Pumpkin Muffins
Inspired by Udi’s and The Food Network
3 cups sugar
1 cup organic applesauce
4 eggs, lightly beaten
16 ounces canned pumpkin
3 1/2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4-1/2 cup Udi’s Vanilla Granola
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour your choice of pans. I prepared a Texas muffin pan (the big 6 cup ones) and a loaf pan. (I used metal pans for this time around, but I prefer glass or stoneware).
Add in eggs and canned pumpkin.
Divide batter between your two pans. Liberally sprinkle the granola over the top of the batter in one layer.
*I found that substituting apple sauce for oil (as in the original recipe) creates a much wetter batter. The baking time for the muffins was 40-50 minutes. You will need to cover your loaf at this time with aluminum foil to prevent overbrowning and then bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. Check for doneness using a cake tester.
Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool. I served my muffins with some other treats from Udi’s, including their Snickerdoodle cookies (which I LOVE) and their Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites.
Disclosure: I was inspired to write this post because of a box of gluten-free treats sent to me by Udi’s. No other compensation was received and the opinions here are my own.