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Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins-In-A-Jar (Recipe Redux)

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins (Gluten and Grain-Free)

Do you know what happens when you are a recipe fiend like myself? You write them down on random scraps of paper and then lose them. You type them up in random word documents and forget to save them. Both happened to me yesterday as I went to work on this post for my first ever Recipe Redux.

Amazing first impression, no?

Thankfully I have a wonderful mother at home who is an expert at finding those random scraps of paper when her daughter texts her at obscene hours in desperation. Two hours away and she is still taking care of me.

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins (Gluten and Grain-Free)

It is with a smile on my face that now I am finally typing up my entry for Recipe Redux’s November 2013 of Adding Merriment to Mixes. The description for this month’s challenge is:

From hostess gifts to holiday gifts, it’s the season for DIY offerings from your kitchen. And homemade mixes couldn’t be easier! Think about healthy bread, hot cocoa, cookie bars, dressings or even spice mixes. Share the recipe for how you package up a little shelf-stable love from your kitchen!

I have always wanted to make one of those cookies-in-a-jar mixes that just look so incredibly seasonal and crafty. With this challenge I had the perfect excuse to do so. Except my favorite muffin recipe was on my mind instead of cookies and I just knew that a recreated grain-free version would be absolutely perfect.

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins-in-a-Jar (Gluten and Grain-Free)

Check out my instructions below for how to assemble (and bake) these scrumptious muffins!

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins-In-A-Jar

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Options, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Makes approximately 18 muffins

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins (Gluten and Grain-Free)

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour*
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed*
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Wet ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup honey*
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted*
  • 1 cup chopped apples (about 2 small)

Optional streusel topping:

  • 3/4 cup ground sunflower seeds*
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup honey*
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted*

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins-in-a-Jar (Gluten and Grain-Free)

*Ingredient substitutions: You can use any kind of nut or seed flour in place of the almond flour to make this suitable for allergies. Ground chia meal would also work subbed in for the flaxseed in equal amounts. Instead of the honey maple syrup can be substituted. And if you don’t have coconut oil on hand, melted butter, ghee or a neutral-tasting oil should work fine as a replacement. For the ground sunflower seeds 3/4 cup of any nut or seed flour would be great.

Instructions for muffin mix jar:

Combine all of the dry ingredients into a glass mason jar or other container. (If you want to include the streusel, mix up just the dry ingredients of that in a separate bowl, put into a small ziploc baggie, and place that in the top of the jar/container before closing). Attach a fun gift tie or a handwritten note with the directions below. Prepare for family members to love you even more! 😉

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins-in-a-Jar (Gluten and Grain-Free)

Directions for mix:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 18 muffin tins with paper liners (to prevent sticking you can further spray the liners with oil).
  2. In a large bowl beat the eggs and then add the pumpkin puree and honey, mixing well.
  3. Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Mix in the chopped apple chunks.
  5. Divide the batter equally among the 18 muffin tins.
  6. If making the optional streusel combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients (it should resemble a sticky dough). Break the dough up into little pieces and sprinkle over the muffin batter.
  7. Bake the muffins for approximately 30-40 minutes (oven times may vary). The muffins will be done when the tops spring back when slightly touched and the streusel topping is a dark golden brown.
  8. Let cool for about 10 minutes before eating.

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins (Gluten and Grain-Free)

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins-in-a-Jar Instructions (Dry Mix Ingredients on Blog)

After you whip this mix up, check out the collection below for more mixes to enjoy this holiday season:

Also shared at Real Food Forager.


What is Recipe Redux? 


Great question!

As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians,The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. Dietitians Regan Jones (of ReganMillerJones, Inc.), Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly (both of Teaspoon Communications) founded the group on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. As the Latin term “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, we are reinventing the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach. We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.


Questions for you:

Have you ever made or received a baking mix as a present before?

What is your favorite holiday muffin recipe?

Any requests for a paleo/grain-free/allergy-friendly recreation this season?

What Katniss and Peeta Ate Wednesday in Catching Fire

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Recipe Round-Up

Oh yes I did. In honor of the Catching Fire premiere at the end of this week, I have assembled the ultimate WIAW featuring What Katniss and Peeta Ate Wednesday in Catching Fire:


District 12 

Greasy Sae’s Stew (Chapter 1)

Greasy Sae's Stew is famous for containing meat of questionable origins and even though Katniss can now afford more expensive meals since winning the Hunger Games, this is still one of her favorites.

Greasy Sae’s Stew is famous for containing meat of questionable origins and even though Katniss can now afford more expensive meals since winning the Hunger Games, this is still one of her favorites.

Tea and iced sugar cookies (Chapter 2)


When President Snow comes to visit Katniss before she leaves for her Victory Tour Katniss’s mother brings in sugar cookies ice by Peeta and some tea for the President to have.


Lamb Stew with Dried Plums (Chapter 4)

Hunger Games Lamb Stew

While on the train the attendants try to please Katniss by serving her favorite meals.

Hot Chocolate (Chapter 4)


Hot chocolate is another thing that is served on the train during the Victory Tour.

President Snow’s Mansion

Creamy Pumpkin Brew (Chapter 6)


Pumpkin Stew is one of the first foods that Katniss tries at President Snow’s mansion at the conclusion of the Victory Tour.

Frothy Raspberry Soup (Chapter 6)


This chilled soup is another soup that is served at President Snow’s party.

Capital 12

Fresh Bread (Chapter 10)


Peeta always has freshly baked bread to give to Katniss’s family. Katniss gives some to the runaways that she finds while hunting.


Warm Milk and Honey (Chapter 14)


Not being able to sleep, Katniss and Peeta watch a video of the Hunger Games while drinking some warm honey and milk that one of the train attendants made for them.

Training Center/Capitol

Sugar Cubes (Chapter 15)


Katniss first meets Finnick after the past victors are introduced, where he is eating sugar cubes by the handful meant for the horses.

Picnic (Chapter 17)


On the last night before going into their second Hunger Games Katniss and Peeta have a picnic on the roof of the training center.

Quarter Quells

Roasted Nuts (Chapter 20)


At first thinking they are poisonous Katniss tells Mags to spit out the nuts, but then she discovers that they are quite safe and taste like chestnuts when roasted against the force field that surrounds the arena.

Seaweed Bread (chapter 22)


The seaweed in this bread represents Finnick’s district and was a present during the games.

Spicy Red Sauce (chapter 25)


This spicy red sauce was a present from District 3.

Oysters (chapter 25)


Caught by Finnick, these oysters are the final meal of the competitors before they head into the jungle to finish their plan.


Don’t forget to check out all of the other WIAW link-ups today for some incredible meals and recipes!

It is currently way past my bedtime and I can assure you that I will be sleeping into about 7:00 tomorrow morning. Don’t be concerned if you don’t see many comments/responses from me for a little while because I have a huge sales presentation on Thursday that I need to get working on!

I hope you have a Happy Wednesday! 🙂


Questions for you: 

Are you going to watch Catching Fire? 

Which recipe would you be most interested (or not interested!) in trying?

Have you ever been inspired to make something after reading about it in a book?