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?

22 thoughts on “Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins-In-A-Jar (Recipe Redux)

  1. Anything carrot cake I always love so I’m always going to suggest that 😉

    I love the recipe in a jar concept and have thought of giving them for gifts but never actually done it, definitely need to change that as these look delicious and like a great present too!!

  2. I love the streusel! Sorry, overly excited 😉 Really apprecate your subs too – I don’t have flax but I do have chia (and need to use that stuff!) Fingers crossed mine look as delish…

  3. Madison, that is so creative to put that in a jar as a gift- I’ve never heard of that before.

    Actually, I lie. When I was in America I think there was a similar concept but with Amish bread…I think. Well, I remember my friend giving a recipe and a jar to someone saying ‘make Amish bread’. Or maybe it was friendship bread. Sorry, my brain is so fried right now.

  4. What an AWESOME idea for gifts this year. Never thought of making one myself haha but this could be really neat for my mum and joe’s. I’ll have to start thinking asap! Have a great weekend love 🙂

  5. Seeing all those mixes in yesterdays Recipe Redux made me seriously want to gift a little mix of my own this year. I’ve received a few in the past, but never put one together myself… and I think they’re so sweet and personal. As for favourite holiday muffins… hmmm. I’m not actually sure — I don’t really associate any muffins with the holidays. Do they have snickerdoodle muffins? Because it would probably be those 😀

  6. YUM! These look amazing. I am the Queen of scrap papers. Seriously.. I have recipes and notes and ideas scribbled down on papers that I leave everywhere. My purse is packed with lists and printed recipes… and my kitchen, that’s a whole other story.

  7. I love the idea of sending a baking mix as a present. It’s just so thoughtful and unique! And these sound delicious.
    I have a request…you don’t have to fulfil it!! Buuuuuut, I never have coconut flour but I do have almond flour, oat flour, peanut flour and regular/WH flour….at some point in the distant future when you have any time to spare…could you come up with something using any of those that don’t include coconut flour? But no pressure 😉

  8. I love the idea of a recipe redux. How very clever and crafty, and also helpful since most of my gift giving this year will be in the form of food. Who knows. People may like the food better than the tradition gifts. I’m also a fan of apple streusel. In fact, anytime you make streusel, I’m instantly hooked.

  9. I always wanted to give or receive these little mixes in a jar! I love the look of the cookie ones that are layered with chocolate chips! But then, I kinda don’t want to make them and just keep them for decoration in my kitchen! Haha! Favorite muffin? Oh lord, I can’t imagine turning ANY muffin down, but I’ve always had a soft spot for blueberry…or banana nut…or pumpkin….aww hell! See? I just can’t choose!

    And yeah, so glad to know I’m not the only one who is constantly losing/misplacing/forgetting recipes all the time! Only problem is that over here, Tiger’s not the best sleuth! 😉

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