The Best Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins


My weekend muffin experiment using a box cake mix as the base… super easy, just a few ingredients, stir, bake.

I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with gluten-free shortcuts for a while now. I like baking from scratch, but sometimes it’s nice to whip up muffins or cupcakes on the fly and in a hurry too. Boxed cake mixes can be your friend when you have the time crunch happening or when you’re low on certain ingredients and the nearest store that carries a wider range of gluten free baking necessities is an hour away.

Pumpkin Muffin

Fortunately, more and more gluten-free items are showing up on store shelves, I hope that eventually, I won’t have to travel to a special store or place an order online for every.single thing that I want to have in the pantry, but I’ll be able to run to the local grocery two minutes away from my house and just grab whatever it is I ran out of.

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Here’s the recipe for what I did this time around:

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins


  • 1 gluten-free box cake mix (I used a Betty Crocker gluten free yellow)
  • 1 can of pureed pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or more, depending on how spicy you like your pumpkin!)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Spray muffin tin with no-stick spray or line with papers and then spray those, whichever you prefer
  • In a large bowl mix together all ingredients
  • Divide mixture evenly into the 12 muffin cups
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Enjoy! Great for breakfast or just a snack on an Autumn day.

 Notes:  Make sure you get the 100% pureed pumpkin and not pie filling – the cans are very similar and often next to each other on the shelves 😉

Bake Pumpkin Muffins

These were a little chewier than I would have liked, something about the texture wasn’t what I wanted. I’ll have to think of something I can do differently – maybe ginger ale instead of water and a few walnuts mixed into the batter will bring it around. I’m open for suggestions in the comments.