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October is over! I don’t have much candy left. I’m taking down some of the pumpkin decorations today…and that makes me a little sad. October is such a fun month. There are sunny days, it usually always warms up at some point. I get to wear my favorite outfit- shorts and a sweatshirt. I love the crisp smell of the air in the mornings. The leaves are beautiful, the chestnuts fall and I am inspired to clean the house.

SO…I guess it means I am not a big fan of November. I do like Thanksgiving and my birthday is next week, but the rest of November is only there so we can get to Christmas. I have never really decorated for Thanksgiving. I do remember a very old set of pilgrim candles my Mom owned. They evoke the kind of memory that makes me want to stop writing this blog and go to eBay and see if I can find them. Ever had that problem? I want to own all the things that bring back memories. But the funny thing is, I just spent 2 weeks cleaning out my basement and bedroom. In the process I gave away bags and bags of clothes, boxes of things I no longer need. AND I just fear wanting all of them back in 10 years!! šŸ™‚

So,welcome to November! It’s the sad month when I will have to get rid of almost 100 bags of leaves. Yes, I also have to get said leaves into a bag…..thank goodness for wonderful high school friends who will spend a day helping! November is the month that ushers in Christmas. It’s the month where I will eat fun some forbidden food (on my birthday and on Thanksgiving…more on those meals later!). So November, maybe this year I will enjoy you a little more!

my yard!

a view of my yard last year

TheseĀ Grain Free Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins are from a recipe I found on Grass Fed Girl. It’s an easy to do recipe and if you are GF…it is made with staples you already have on hand!! I subbed out the dark chocolate for mini chocolate chips and they still taste great. ENJOY!!

I couldn’t resist when I saw this recipe on Facebook. PUMPKIN MUFFINS! It’s Fall!! The kitchen smelled simply divine while they were baking. Who knew Gluten and Dairy Free could be so delicious? AND I served them without mentioning the GF/DF fact. No one could believe it after they tasted the rich and moist muffins!

I decided to make some mini muffins for snacking, along with the regular size. The recipe makes enough for 18 regular muffins or 12 muffins and 12 mini muffins, or 24 mini muffins. If you are going to freeze any, I would suggest using cupcake holders. Fill the tins over the top. These do not rise much during baking. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Muffins Gluten Free and Dairy Free
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Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Breakfast Snacks
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1¼ cups xylitol or ½ cup xylitol and ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup safflower oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 15oz can of pumpkin (the real stuff - pumpkin puree)
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  1. Mix all wet ingredients in one bowl and all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  2. Stir each well.
  3. Then mix dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
  4. Do not over mix or your muffins will be tough.
  5. Bake at 365 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Makes 12 regular muffins (bake 25-30 min) and 24 mini muffins (bake 11-14 min)

What do you think?

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