Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins

Healthy enough for a muffin. Chocolatey enough to be a cupcake. Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins are a delicious little way to serve up something sweet that also fuels your body on nothing but the good stuff!

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Healthy enough for a muffin. Chocolatey enough to be a cupcake. Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins are a delicious little way to serve up something sweet that also fuels your body on nothing but the good stuff! #nutfreepaleo #paleomuffin #nutfreemuffin #veggieloadedmuffin
Healthy enough for a muffin. Chocolatey enough to be a cupcake. Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins are a delicious little way to serve up something sweet that also fuels your body on nothing but the good stuff! #nutfreepaleo #paleomuffin #nutfreemuffin #veggieloadedmuffin

A good muffin recipe is Alice's love language. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, the middle of the night.....my girl loves her muffins and I love how much goodness I can shove into her favorite food. 

With school back in season, I have been dreaming up all the easy nut-free options that I can throw into her lunch box that are not only delicious and sure to be gobbled up, but that are also nutrient dense....which means veggies, protein and healthy fats.

Healthy enough for a muffin. Chocolatey enough to be a cupcake. Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins are a delicious little way to serve up something sweet that also fuels your body on nothing but the good stuff! #nutfreepaleo #paleomuffin #nutfreemuffin #veggieloadedmuffin

Many of you know and love my nut butter based baked goods like.....

Almond Butter Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Flourless Peanut Butter Muffins

Flourless Chocolate Protein Donuts

...but many of you have also said that you desperately need easy peasy nut-free options to feed to your kiddos! Which is why Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins is happenings...

Healthy enough for a muffin. Chocolatey enough to be a cupcake. Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins are a delicious little way to serve up something sweet that also fuels your body on nothing but the good stuff! #nutfreepaleo #paleomuffin #nutfreemuffin #veggieloadedmuffin

Fun Fact: Did you know that when you combine sunflower seed butter (the base for this recipe) with baking soda, it turns GREEN when baked. This is because sunflower seeds contain chlorophyll (or chlorogenic acid). This acid reacts with the baking powder/soda in a recipe when heated. And everything might look all fine and dandy straight from the oven, but once the baked good cools, it also turns green! 

A fun little thing to do for St. Patrick's Day, but it often weirds people out to have an unexpectedly green baked good! Hence why I added cacao/cocoa powder to this recipe. It hides the strange green color and chocolate makes everything more appealing...for kids and adults.

Healthy enough for a muffin. Chocolatey enough to be a cupcake. Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins are a delicious little way to serve up something sweet that also fuels your body on nothing but the good stuff! #nutfreepaleo #paleomuffin #nutfreemuffin #veggieloadedmuffin

And because I view every food offering as an opportunity to eat a veggie, butternut squash also made it into the mix!

It is almost fall, after all, and those beautiful butternut squashes are popping up everywhere! Butternut squash is not only lovely to look at, but they are loaded with vitamin C,  vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, manganese and more potassium than a banana. With all that goodness, why wouldn't I throw it into a sweet little muffin recipe that I know my girl will be going for first at lunch time?

Suggested Adaptations

  1. Not butternut squash? Pumpkin will work just fine too! I find butternut squash and pumpkin to be very interchangeable in many recipes!
  2. Green doesn't scare you? Leave the cacao powder out! I personally love chocolate, but also know it is not everyone's jam. If the chemical reaction between the sunflower seed butter and the baking soda resulting in a green muffin (that tastes just fine) doesn't bother you, feel free to leave the chocolate out of this recipe all together!
  3. Chocolate chips are totally optional! Chocolate chips are a great way to adjust the sweetness/sugar level of these muffins to your personal tastes and needs. These muffins were sweet enough on their own for my family, so I just topped them with a few chocolate chips for fun and to make them more visually appealing. Feel free to omit them entirely for a lower sugar option or add as many as you like for a special treat that also has a punch of veggies!

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Healthy enough for a muffin. Chocolatey enough to be a cupcake. Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins are a delicious little way to serve up something sweet that also fuels your body on nothing but the good stuff! #nutfreepaleo #paleomuffin #nutfreemuffin #veggieloadedmuffin
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Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins

Healthy enough for a muffin. Chocolatey enough to be a cupcake. Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins are a delicious little way to serve up something sweet that also fuels your body on nothing but the good stuff!

prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins

ingredients:

1/4 cup maple syrup

3 eggs

1/2 cup cacao powder

3/4 cup no-sugar added sunflower seed butter

3/4 cup butternut squash puree

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

chocolate chips, to taste (optional)



instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a 12-hole muffin tin.

  2. Combine all ingredients (expect chocolate chips, if using) in a large bowl. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated.

  3. Add chocolate chips (if using) and stir to mix them in. 

  4. Using a spoon or small measuring cup, portion out the batter between the 12 lined muffin tin holes.  Top with more chocolate chips, if desired

  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean and the top of the muffins is slightly golden brown.

  6. Let cool for 20 minutes and enjoy

NOTES:

Chocolate chips are a great way to adjust the sweetness/sugar level of these muffins to your personal tastes and needs. 

These muffins were sweet enough on their own for my family, so I just topped them with a few chocolate chips for fun and to make them more visually appealing. Feel free to omit them entirely for a lower sugar option or add as many as you like for a special treat that also has a punch of veggies!
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