Blender Pumpkin Muffins

Made entirely in the blender, these pumpkin muffins are quick, easy, and delicious. Loved my children and adults alike, they’re naturally sweetened with dates, are oil-free, and completely vegan. Line your muffin tin, grab your blender, and whip these up for a cozy fall breakfast.

A child's hand reaching or a blender pumpkin muffin in a muffin tin on paper surrounded by pumpkin seeds.

Everyone loves muffins! They’re like having cake for breakfast, right? No one can resist that moist crumb, sweet flavor, and satisfying feeling that only a warm carb can provide. I was inspired by my girls to make these amazing little breakfast cakes. I needed something easy, because even on the weekends breakfast can be a bit chaotic. But I also wanted to sneak some vegetables into the mix. Because, who doesn’t love tricking their kids this close to Halloween!

What I came up with was an amazingly moist, yet completely oil-free, muffin. They’re fluffy, slightly sweet, and 100% delicious. Oh, and of course, vegan. Ok, but you might be wondering just how I got a moist crumb without the oil. I’ll let you in on my secret (because we’re friends).

Blender pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin on paper surrounded by pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin & Applesauce

At first glance you’re probably thinking these two have absolutely nothing in common. One is a bland vegetable and the other is a mushy fruit. That’s where you’re wrong my friend (yes, we’re still friends even though you initially thought these things). What these two have in common is much more important than their differences. They’re both mild, slightly sweet, and amazingly MOIST! That’s right! THIS is where we get the moisture. Thanks to the pumpkin puree and applesauce we don’t have to add oil to get a moist muffin.

Now, I’m not against oil. But sometimes adding oil to a baked good can give it an overly greasy flavor. Not super appealing. And I know that there are many readers out there who prefer not to consume oil simply because they’re on more of a whole food diet. So these oil-free blender pumpkin muffins are perfect for everyone in between.

Dates

Not only are these blender pumpkin muffins oil-free, but they are also sweetened with dates. Just a few things about using fresh dates

  • First, make sure that your fresh dates are VERY fresh. You want them super soft and moist. If they have dried out a bit, simply let them sit in boiling hot water for about 10 minutes. Once they’ve softened up, be sure to squeeze out all the excess water.
  • Secondly, when using dates in this recipe be sure to pulse them in the blender alone. You want to blend them until they form a paste. This will make working them into the other ingredients much easier.
Blender pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin on paper surrounded by pumpkin seeds.

Blender

This recipe is meant to be made entirely in your blender. There is no need to dirty other bowls or kitchen appliances. Isn’t that awesome?! Because, who wants to sink full of dirty dishes first thing in the morning? Not me! If, however, you do not have a blender you can definitely use a food processor. Just make sure that it’s large enough to handle the volume of the ingredients.

Add-Ins

If you would like to jazz up this recipe even more here are a few ideas to make these blender pumpkin muffins uniquely yours. Add in or top your muffins with: dried raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, or, like I did, pumpkin seeds.

Blender pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin on paper surrounded by pumpkin seeds.

Ingredient Health Benefits

Apple- vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fiber

Flax- Omega-3 fats, soluble and insoluble fiber

Pumpkin- fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A

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Blender Pumpkin Muffins

Made entirely in the blender, these pumpkin muffins are quick, easy, and delicious. Loved my children and adults alike, they're naturally sweetened with dates, are oil-free, and completely vegan. Line your muffin tin, grab your blender, and whip these up for a cozy fall breakfast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Oil-free, Vegan
Keyword: 30-minutes, applesauce, blender, dates, easy, gluten-free, muffin, nut-free, oil-free, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, vegan
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seeeds + 6 tbsp water)
  • 8 fresh dates

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • ¾ cup flaxmilk
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • cups whole-wheat flour sub gluten-free flour if necessary

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a muffin tin by lining with cupcake liners or spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Prepare flax eggs by combining flaxseed meal and water. Whisk to combine and allow to sit for 5 minutes until thickened.
  • Remove pits from dates and pulse in blender until they form a paste. Add wet ingredients (including prepared flax egg) then dry ingredients except flour. Blend until combined.
  • Add in whole-wheat flour ½ cup at a time pulsing until combined and scraping down the sides between addition of flour. If using exrtas such as raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds, fold them into the batter now. Batter will be thick.
  • Evenly pour batter into prepared muffin pan. Bang tin on the counter a few times to work out any air bubbles in the batter. Top with pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, or walnuts.
  • Bake muffins for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool completely before removing cupcake liner.

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Vegan Caramel Apple Pancakes

These vegan caramel apple pancakes are perfect for a cozy autumn morning spent inside. Prepared in 30 minutes and made with wholesome ingredients, these pancakes are vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, and nut-free. With a decadent 3-ingredient vegan caramel sauce you’ll feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast.

Apple pancakes on a plate with date caramel, apples and cotton in the background.

I wanted to create a breakfast recipe that EVERYONE can enjoy. And with these caramel apple pancakes I think I’ve hit the jackpot. There’s no need to order any crazy ingredients or go hunting in specialty grocery stores to prepare these perfectly fluffy and wholesome caramel apple pancakes.

Plated apple pancakes surrounded by caramel sauce, apples and cotton.

Apple Pie Spice

Before we get going on this recipe let’s just take a quick second to discuss something: apple pie spice. It’s pretty hard to come by in the grocery store unless you happen to be shopping for it during the autumn months. That being said, making your own spice blend is SUPER simple. Plus it tastes much better in my opinion. You can also customize it. Leave out a spice that perhaps you aren’t too fond of. Or substitute in another favorite that has the same flavor profiles as the others. So really quickly, let me just tell you how I make my apple pie spice blend.

  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp cardamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice

Mix these all up together and store them in a small, airtight jar. Add this spice to coffee, oatmeal, quick breads, homemade applesauce…go crazy!

Close up of caramel apple pancakes on a fork with apples and a cup of tea in the background.

Pancakes

Now that you’ve got your apple pie spice let’s talk about actually making these incredibly easy and completely satisfying caramel apple pancakes. First you’ll need oat flour. If you’ve checked out my pumpkin pancakes you’ll know that I love using oat flour. It’s so easy (and cheap) to make at home and is gluten-free (just make sure that you purchase confirmed gluten-free oats). If you have rolled oats, you essentially have oat flour. Just dump the whole rolled oats into your food processor or blender and pulse until you have, well, a flour. Done! The rest of the ingredients are pretty self-explanatory which is totally what I was going for: Simple!

The only thing that I really want to stress about these pancakes is that, once all the ingredients have been combined, please make sure that you let the batter rest for at least 5-10 minutes. This is going to result in super fluffy, tender pancakes. Who wants flat, tough pancakes? Not me! So while the batter is resting make yourself some of my amazing 3-ingredient caramel sauce…

Caramel Sauce

It was really important for me to up the sweetness factor of these pancakes without adding any cane sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup or *gasp* artificial sweeteners. Enter the incredible date. Simply pull the pits from 8 dates, toss them into a small food processor, and pulse until they’re very well chopped. Next add in the coconut milk and a splash of vanilla. Process until it’s well combined and creamy. If it’s too think simply add in more coconut milk a little at a time until it’s pourable.

The caramel color from the dates and vanilla isn’t the only thing that looks authentically caramel about this sauce: it’s just as sweet and satisfying as the dairy-containing original! This caramel sauce pairs perfectly with the apple pancakes but it could easily be used to top your favorite vegan ice cream, chocolate cake, brownies, cheesecake…you name it! You can even eat it right off a spoon. I won’t judge.

Caramel apple pancakes on a plate with date caramel sauce being poured on the pancakes.

Ingredient Health Benefits

Apple- vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fiber

Oats-vitamins A & B; calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese; soluble and insoluble fiber; phytochemicals

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Vegan Caramel Apple Pancakes

Prepared in 30 minutes and made with wholesome ingredients, these pancakes are vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, and nut-free.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: breakfast, gluten-free, naturally-sweetened, nut-free, oil-free, refined-sugar free, vegan
Servings: 10 pancakes
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Apple Pancakes

  • cups oat flour
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp apple pie seasoning
  • 1⅓ cup plant-based mylk
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Sauce

  • 8 medjool dates, pitted soak in hot water for 5-10 minutes if hard
  • 1 cup coconut milk can be either full or reduced-fat, from a can
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Apple Pancakes

  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, and apple pie spice.
  • Add the applesauce, plant-based mylk, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Mix until just combined. Do not over-mix. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  • Heat a griddle or skillet with vegan butter. Cook ⅓ cup of batter on griddle or skillet for 3-4 minutes (or until bubbles pop) and flip, cooking additional 3-4 minutes on the other side. Repeat using all the pancake batter.

Caramel Sauce

  • In a small food processor, pulse pitted dates until well chopped.
  • Add coconut milk and vanilla extract processing until smooth. Add more coconut milk, a little at a time, if caramel is too thick.
  • Serve pancakes warm and topped with caramel sauce.
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Fig and Blueberry Cobbler for Two

A fig and blueberry cobbler for two with a sweet and tangy filling and a crunchy, buttery crumble. Vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, and prepped in 10 minutes this dessert is perfect for using up those delicious end-of-summer fruits.

Bowl of fig and blueberry cobbler topped with vegan whipped cream, figs, and blueberries

Is anyone else saddened by the thought that summer is almost gone? Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. The crisp, cool night air, shorter days, and the season of pumpkin treats brings a smile to my face. But for some unknown reason this year I’m reluctant to let summer go.

Labor Day is almost here and with the unofficial end of summer drawing near I find myself longing for the fresh, delicious fruits of the season. Take the often overlooked end-of-summer favorite the fig for example…

Figs are amazing. It’s a travesty that they’re only in season for such a short time. But that just makes us appreciate them more, right? Right! We’ve all seen them in salads or, of course, dried and used as a filling in cookies but sometimes you want to welcome fall early while still enjoying the fruits of summer.

Close up photo of fresh figs on a white marble countertop with a white background

Therefore I give you this fig and blueberry cobbler for two! The gooey, fruity filling is naturally sweet from ripe, fresh figs and blueberries as well as from a hint of maple syrup. And that deliciously crunchy textured top is achieved with the help of rolled oats and vegan butter.

Two bowls of fig and blueberry cobbler with fresh cut figs and a spoonful of blueberries

This dessert is the perfect end-of-summer treat for two. Using on 10 ingredients and ready for the oven in less than 10 minutes it leaves you plenty of time to enjoy the last little bit of summer. Finally, it’s best when served warm and topped with vegan whipped cream, lemon zest or fresh figs and blueberries. So from my kitchen to yours-Enjoy!

A spoonful of fig and blueberry cobbler

Ingredient Health Benefits

Oats: Vitamins A & B; calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese; soluble and insoluble fiber; phytochemicals

Figs: High in fiber; rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron; excellent source of polyphenols

Fig and Blueberry Cobbler for Two

A fig and blueberry cobbler for two with a sweet and tangy filling and a crunchy, buttery crumble. Vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, and prepped in 10 minutes this dessert is perfect for using up those delicious end-of-summer fruits.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: 10-ingredients, dessert, for two, sweets, vegan
Servings: 2 people
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Fig and Blueberry Filling

  • 10 figs, fresh, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh
  • 1 medium lemon, zested
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder

Crumble

  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup cold vegan butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

For Fig and Blueberry Filling:

  • Remove the stem and quarter figs. Add figs to remaining filling ingredients in a small bowl. Gently toss to coat.
  • Divide filling into two small oven-safe ramekins.

For Crumble Topping:

  • In a medium bowl mix flour, oats, salt, and maple syrup.
  • Cut in cold vegan butter with a pastry cutter (or 2 butter knives) until mixture is course and resembles wet crumbly sand.
  • Evenly top each ramekin with half the crumble topping mixture. Gently press down.
  • Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and check after 1 hour of cooking to ensure they're not burning.
  • If they're bubbling and golden they're done. If not, continue cooking for 10-15 mintues keeping an eye out to prevent over-cooking.
  • Top with: vegan whipped cream, lemon zest, or fresh figs and blueberries.
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Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

Chunky, salty, crunchy, and slightly sweet. Need I say more? Made in less than 30 minutes and with less than 10 simple ingredients this chunky peanut butter granola will become a breakfast and snacking staple in your home.

Close up of bowl filled with chunky peanut butter granola

Ryan came home this week after being gone for 6 months so I decided to make him a welcome home present. He absolutely LOVES this chunky peanut butter granola and I absolutely LOVE how easy it is to prepare.

Made with pantry staple ingredients this quick and easy granola recipe is sure to be gone faster than it will take you to make. Don’t worry, the recipe is easy enough to double. Or triple…

Peanut Butter Granola Variations

One thing I love about this granola is its versatility. Allergic to peanuts? Easily substitute the peanuts and peanut butter for a different nut and nut butter. There’s a wide variety of nut butters available now (my newest obsession is cashew butter).

Or if all nuts are a no go for you, try seeds. Sunflower seed butter and tahini (sesame seed butter) are great options for those of you who are nut free. You could even leave out the whole nuts or seeds and substitute with an additional 1/2 cup of oats.

Just as a side note: No matter what type of nut or seed butter you use, aim for one that has little to no other ingredients besides the nut or seed being creamed. Added salt, sugar and oils can affect the flavor and texture of you finished granola.

Another tip is to be sure that when you press the prepared granola onto the baking sheet there are no “holes” in the granola. You want a uniform thickness and evenly spread granola. This will ensure that, once cooked and broken apart, the granola is evenly cooked and super chunky. I don’t know about you, but chunky granola is the best in my opinion!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Cinnamon: source of manganese, iron, calcium, and fiber

Oats: Vitamins A & B; calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese; soluble and insoluble fiber; phytochemicals

Peanuts: high in antioxidants (especially when roasted)

Close up of peanut crumbles from chunky peanut butter granola recipe

Chunky Peanut Butter Granola

Chunky, salty, crunchy, and slightly sweet. Need I say more? Made in 30 minutes and from less than 10 simple ingredients this chunky peanut butter granola will become a breakfast and snacking staple in your home.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-free, Vegan
Keyword: chia seeds, easy, granola, peanut butter, peanuts, simple
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Erin

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup shelled, roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted peanut butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients.
  • Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir well to incorporate.
  • Evenly press granola onto parchment paper. About ¼ of an inch thick.
  • Bake for 20-25 mintues until fregrant and browned but not burned. Do not stir granola or shake the pan!
  • Once completely cool break granola into chunks.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Erin Lives Whole 
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Raspberry Lemonade Overnight Oats

Fresh raspberries and lemons add a hint of sweet as well as tart to these summertime raspberry lemonade overnight oats.

Mason jar overflowing with raspberry overnight oats topped with lemon slices, lemon zest and frosty frozen raspberries

Nothing says summertime like a cool, refreshing lemonade right? With all the berries still in season why not add some of those to your oats too? That’s what I was going for with these raspberry lemonade overnight oats. Refreshing. Simple. Tasty. It’s what all good meals are made of!

Since today has been another crazy day over here spent playing at the local water park the last thing I wanna do is spend even 15 minutes in my hot kitchen making dinner. This is usually about the time I decide that it’s Breakfast for Dinner Night.

I don’t know about you guys, but at my house this evokes emotions of sheer joy from my kids. Ok, from us adults too. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s practically an excuse to eat dessert for dinner.

If you’re like me, sweets for breakfast is the best. Makes me feel like a kid again. So if you’re in the mood to dial back the clock a few years at dinner I suggest whipping up these little beauties. And if you’re not like me and prefer to have breakfast at, well, breakfast time, that’s ok! These also make a great traditional AM meal.

Bright yellow lemons and ripe raspberries resting in a white bowl sitting onto top of a black and white checkered dish towel

Raspberry Lemonade ONOs Variations

Oh and did I mention it’s also a great way to use up the last of your summer raspberries? I’m looking forward to the season of pumpkin everything just as much as the next girl but I have to admit…I will miss all the summer fruit. If you’re short on raspberries feel free to throw in any ripe fruit you’ve got laying around. Overnight oats are super versatile so go crazy. Remember, it’s breakfast for dinner!

Mason jar overflowing with raspberry overnight oats topped with lemon slices, lemon zest and frosty frozen raspberries

Ingredient Health Benefits

Fresh raspberries: Excellent source of Vitamin C/Good source of fiber, phosphorus, & selenium

Lemons: Excellent source of Vitamin C/Contain Vitamin A, calcium, & potassium

Oats: Vitamin E/Calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron/Fiber

Raspberry Lemonade Overnight Oats

Fresh raspberries and lemons add a hint of sweet as well as tart to these summertime raspberry lemonade overnight oats.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Resting Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-free, Vegan
Keyword: breakfast, easy, lemon, oatmeal, oats, overnight oats, quick, raspberries, raspberry, simple, sweet
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Resealable glass jar/container with lid

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla plant-based milk (I use Flax Milk with added protein)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • cup filtered water
  • fresh raspberries (add just before serving)

Instructions

  • Combine old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, protein powder (optional), & the zest of one lemon to a resealable mason jar or container with a lid.
  • Add plant-based vanilla milk, water, & fresh lemon juice.
  • Secure lid to container and shake well to combine.
  • Place in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 8 hours) allowing oats to soften.
  • Top with fresh raspberries before serving.

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