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Sugar Free Pumpkin Muffins (Baby + Toddler Friendly!)

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YES! I said, sugar free pumpkin muffins. Not only that, these are perfect pumpkin muffins for toddlers and even babies!  If you are looking for delicious autumn baby-led weaning muffins, this is your recipe. And if pumpkin isn’t your thing (which I really can’t imagine is the case,) maybe one of these sugarless baby-friendly muffins will suffice.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Muffins

And I should mention that by no sugar I mean none…nada…not even honey or maple syrup. Yes, I’m serious. No, these don’t have any coconut sugar either. These muffins are sweetened with dates so they truly are free of sweeteners, but they are still full of FLAVOR.

gluten free pumpkin muffin

6 SIMPLE Ingredients = Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Now, let me go ahead and take it one step further. These flourless muffins only have 6 ingredients. Yes, I said SIX and that includes everything. It’s not one of those 5 ingredient recipes with 5 main ingredients PLUS salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. It’s literally 6 ingredients in your food processor.

  • Oats
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Eggs
  • Dates
  • Baking Soda
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

And this is totally and COMPLETELY 100% OPTIONAL (and no longer in the sugarless category), but you can top them with DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS. I usually throw chocolate chips on about half of the batch. Then I just make sure some sans chocolate ones get saved for baby….but honestly, I don’t have to ask my husband twice to save those back. He grabs the chocolate topped ones every time. 😉

Making Easy Pumpkin Muffins for Baby Video

Supplies for these Favorite Pumpkin Muffins

Cuisinart Food Processor – I have and love this high powered food processor.

Silicone Muffin Pan Liners – We have a dozen of these silicone muffin pan liners that we use all of the time.

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Baby

Because they are sugarless, they are a perfect muffin for babies, toddlers, or kids. You guys remember from the Healthy (No Sugar) Smash Cake that I made for Little R, I am waiting a while to serve him sugar-sweetened treats- including honey and maple syrup.

Seriously, he isn’t missing out on anything because he loves these simple pumpkin muffins.

You may notice from the picture that I couldn’t even get my phone ready for a picture quick enough to see him with more than crumbs. Plus, if your little one (or you) have any food allergies they are also gluten-free and dairy free.

We have been eating these flourless pumpkin muffins for breakfast the past few days, and since they are made with oats they are basically equivalent to oatmeal with a little pumpkin, egg, and date mixed in. Except they are way more fun. I can’t blame him…I prefer a muffin to a bowl of oats, too.

baby eating a sugar free pumpkin muffin

FAQ About Baby Led Weaning Pumpkin Muffins

Can babies eat muffins?

Wholesome baby-led weaning muffins such as these baby-friendly pumpkin muffins are fine for your little one! With babies, we do want to maximize the nutritional value of food since they don’t eat a lot. So I would simply cut it in half to start and of course remember to vary their nutrients throughout the day/week/month.

Do muffins freeze well?

Freezing homemade muffins is a great way to stay on top of having healthy and snack items available for your family. Store muffins in a freezer and airtight container and thaw before enjoying or serving.

Are pumpkin muffins naturally sweet?

Pumpkin is naturally sweet; however, most pumpkin muffin recipes have additional sweeteners to increase the level of sweetness. This particular healthy pumpkin muffins are sweetened with dates.

Is pumpkin puree the same as canned pumpkin? 

Canned pumpkin is simply pureed pumpkin that has been canned to make it shelf stable. When buying canned pumpkin to use as pumpkin puree, make sure you are buying pure pumpking and not pumpkin pie filling.

Other Sugar Free Recipes for Babies + Toddlers

Toddler Cookies

Daniel Tiger’s Banana Swirl

Banana Overnight Oats

Sugar Free Pumpkin Muffins (Baby + Toddler Friendly)

These baby friendly pumpkin muffins are sugar and flour free. Created by a Registered Dietitian they are sweetened with dates and are perfect for your little ones!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 9 muffins
Calories: 100kcal


  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 1/3 cup pumpkin puree canned
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup medjool dates soak in water to soften if needed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • optional chocolate chips leave off for baby


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease or line a muffin pan.
  • Mix ingredients in a food processor or high power blender until smooth.
  • Spoon mixture into the muffin tins. If desired, add chocolate chips to the top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.


Nutrition Facts per 1 Muffin; Recipe Makes 12 (no chocolate chips included)
Calories 100kcal
Carbohydrates 18g; Protein 3 grams; Fat 1.8 grams
sugar free pumpkin muffin sliced in half with butter
pan of healthy muffins
clean eating pumpkin muffins

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  1. my baby devours these! Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad your baby loves these muffins, Hana!

  2. Do you think you could sub wheat flour? I’ve been looking for a SF pumpkin muffin recipe, but my baby is allergic to oats.

    1. Hi Jen, I haven’t tried it before with this recipe. Oat flour is more moist than wheat flour, so you may need to make adjustments to the wet/dry ingredients so it doesn’t end up too dry. Let me know if you experiment with it!

  3. Love to have found a muffin recipe without maple syrup or other sugars. I made them in mini muffin trays and they cooked in about 13 mins.

    1. Glad you enjoyed them! I have not tried them in mini muffin trays…happy to know it worked well!

  4. These look fantastic. Any suggestions for a baby with an egg allergy? Do yo think substituting a chia egg or applesauce would be effective?

    1. Hi Kristen, I don’t have a ton of experience with egg-free baking. I have used the chia and flax eggs in muffins before, but not this particular recipe. My inclination is one of those may work better than applesauce here. If you try it, please let me know how it goes!

  5. Ashley N Henson says:

    What kind of oats do you use?

    1. I typically use old fashioned. The blender or food processor breaks them down.

  6. Can you make these the day before? 🙂

    1. Definitely! Store in the fridge to extend the shelf life even longer.

  7. 5 stars
    My baby and toddler love these pumpkin muffins – I can’t even tell they are sugar-free. Have you tried freezing them?

    1. I think freezing these should work well. So glad your kids love the pumpkin muffins!

  8. Would I be able to use fresh pumpkin and steam/puree it?
    Definitely looking forward to trying this!

    1. Yep! It should work just the same! 🙂

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