Pumpkin Chia Muffins (All Natural)

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Pumpkin Chia Muffins Recipe – This Pumpkin Chia Muffins Recipe is an easy and healthy alternative to too many of the muffins that are out there today.

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Time was when a muffin could be associated with a good-for-you snack, free of so much of the food additives and ingredients that aren’t that great for you. Those days are long gone, most of the muffins out there are loaded with fat, sugar, and calories. You won’t find any of that, in these hearty and satisfying muffins.

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Pumpkin Chia Muffins Recipe

One of my colleagues showed up at work a few days ago with a couple of these muffins stowed away in her lunch bag. When I asked where she came up with this idea, she explained that she was attending a lifestyle intervention program that focuses on healthy eating and cooking.

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The program my friend is referring to is part of ThedaCare Lifestyle Medicine. It emphasizes whole foods and healthy cooking and eating principles. When I visited their site, I was amazed at the great recipes they offer. This Pumpkin Chia Muffins Recipe is one of the many healthy food ideas featured in this program.

These are some of the featured, all-natural, whole ingredients in this Pumpkin Chia Muffins Recipe

a bowl of chia seedsChia Seeds

Chia seeds are a “whole grain” food, are usually grown organically, are non-GMO and naturally free of gluten. Bottom Line: Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.

!Food Hack!

Use chia seeds as  an egg replacement (as in this recipe.) For each egg needed:

  • Whisk together 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water until well combined, then

  • Place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes.

  • Use as you would an egg in many of your favorite baking recipes

WalnutsLoaded with folate, melatonin, and anti-oxidants. They can also help reduce the chances of developing breast cancer and diabetes.

 !FOOD HACK! – Toast your nuts before adding to any recipe. This process enhances the natural flavors and adds a depth of character to the entire recipe!

Pumpkin – Great for your vision, immune system, and your skin!

Cinnamon – Can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits.

a bottle of all natural honey.

Raw Honey is a great antioxidant, has antibacterial and antifngal properties, is great for digestive issues and can help soothe a sore throat!  Never feed raw honey to children under 1 year of age.

The two key beneficial components of truly raw honey are bee pollen and propolis. Manufacturers process most of the honey you find in grocery stores. Heating the honey helps improve the color and texture, and removes any unwanted crystallization. Many of the beneficial antioxidants and bacteria are also removed or destroyed in the process. In the end, most of what is labeled as honey (on the grocer’s shelf) isn’t really honey at all. It’s the byproduct of this production process.

pumpkin chia muffins mixing

pumpkin chia muffins getting scooped

pumpkin chia muffins in a tray

This Pumpkin Chia Muffins Recipe contains no processed sugar or artificial sweeteners. Although that’s the taste and flavor many of us have grown accustomed to from the big, sweetened and fat-laden muffins you can find anywhere, these natural beauties eventually taste sweet in their own right.

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Pack a few of these in your lunch bag, have one with your coffee in the morning, or try one as an evening snack. They’re whole, sustaining, and something you can feel good about when it comes to eating. Happy health!  – Dan

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Pumpkin Chia Muffins (All Natural Ingredients)

4.80 from 5 votes
Recipe from ThedaCare Lifestyle Medicine
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Yield: 12 servings


  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 Tbsp water, mixed with chia seeds, let set for 15 min
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 each apples, grated.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  • In a small bowl, combine chia seeds with water and let stand 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine
  • flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda. In another bowl, combine pumpkin, canola oil, honey, vanilla, walnuts and chia seed mixture.
  • Pour dry ingredients into the wet mixture and fold ingredients until incorporated. Add the grated apple, and spoon the mixture into the muffin cups
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.


Toast the walnuts, in the oven for about 7 minutes, prior to adding to the mix.


Calories: 175kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 213mg, Potassium: 190mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 5531IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Healthy
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. Hi , I wanted ti find out how to store these muffins I just made. Do they need to be refrigerated or can they be left out? Thank you

    1. Thank you for the great question. You can store these in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days on your counter. Or, up to a week in the refrigerator.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these and they are delicious. Even my picky husband loves them. They are very filling and heavy in weight. These are my new favorite.

    1. 5 stars
      I. have to make these! I’ve been baking for Christmas. but wanted so.something not so sweet. These muffins sound both healthy and satisfying.