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Paleo Butternut Squash Muffins are also Gluten-free and take just 10 minutes to mix up! You’ll love these moist, plump muffins, their perfect texture and just how satisfying they are. Also nut-free.
Don’t you love big muffins: plump, tall, moist and splitting at their seams? Break off a chunk, both crusty and tender.
Muffins are my favorite baked good.
After almost five years on the GAPS Diet, our family is phasing off. There have been times in that five years that I didn’t expect ever to be able to say that. But it’s happening, and it’s going great — due, in part, to cassava flour.
Cassava flour in Paleo Butternut Squash Muffins
As you may know, cassava is a great white flour that’s grain-free, cultivated from a tuber that’s similar to a potato. Like potato flour, cassava flour contains resistant starch.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CASSAVA FLOUR AND RESISTANT STARCH
Foods that contain resistant starch are excellent for one’s gut and colon healthy because they provide food for good gut flora. Another way of saying that is: Resistant starch foods contain prebiotics which feed probiotics.
Cassava flour, the main player in these muffins, allows us to have our cake and eat it too. 🙂
These muffins don’t have a ton of winter squash in them, just enough to impart moistness and a subtle flavor. This makes them a versatile muffin for everyday.
Variations and tips
I love Paleo Butternut Squash Muffins plain and with add-ins.
You can try some fun variations: sprouted nuts, dates, chocolate chips … if you want them to be chunky. See Variations in the Recipe Notes if you’d like a few more ideas.
They’re also great topped with butter, butter and honey, or chèvre and honey.
TIP 1: Don’t over-bake them, because that will dry them out.
TIP 2: Only use Otto’s or Bob’s cassava flours in this recipe. If you use another brand, the muffins may not turn out, because other brands are too starchy.
Butternut Squash Muffins
- muffin tin
- 1 cup cassava flour Otto's preferred
- ⅔ cup flax seed meal golden preferred
- 4 eggs
- ⅓ cup butternut squash cooked, smashed to measure, leftover squash works great (can also use canned pumpkin)
- ⅓ cup avocado oil or preferred traditional fat, melted
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon baking soda , sifted
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Prepare muffin tin or extra-large muffin tin by lining cups with parchment cut or torn into 6" by 6" squares. Or use muffin liners. (See favorite liners in Recipe notes below.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium size mixing bowl combine the following dry ingredients: cassava flour, flax seed meal, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and sea salt.
- Place the following wet ingredients in a high-powered blender: eggs, winter squash, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Puree until thoroughly mixed, about 15 seconds.
- Pour wet pureée into dry ingredients and fold together completely without over-mixing.
- Fill prepared muffin cups with batter. Bake extra-large muffins for about 25 minutes. Bake medium/"normal" size muffins about 15 minutes. Muffins are done when toothpick or sharp knife inserted into center comes out clean.
- Use canned pumpkin, for convenience, in place of butternut squash.
- Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips, before baking.
- Substitute smashed banana or very ripe (black) plantain for the squash.
Why I use Otto’s cassava flour
Read here about what makes Otto’s the superior cassava flour. The main reasons I buy Otto’s are:
- It’s non-GMO and in the process of organic certification.
- They take special precautions to avoid the growth of mold after the yucca are harvested.
- Otto’s harvests their roots young, which is really important for the texture of the flour; waiting longer means bigger roots that are too starchy (which really affects the outcome of baked goods).
You can buy Otto’s here with free shipping and in bulk, if you wish.