Even though it’s currently 83 degrees here in Pittsburgh right now, as soon as September hit, my mind went into full-blown FALL mode and didn’t look back. (Though I admit, I kind of just tolerate summer because I know Fall comes next.) And not only does Fall bring with it the typical colors, harvests, and flavors, but it also ushers in a big dose of nostalgia for me. Especially surrounding Fall baking! Every time I smell cinnamon and sweet spices, they take me back to the warm, cozy, and tantalizing smells coming from my mom’s kitchen after long days at school.
Sometimes those Fall spices were simply from the Yankee candles my mom would light when the weather got cool and crisp. But, on special days, I’d come into the kitchen and smell pumpkin and cinnamon and knew that I was in for a real treat. My mom’s pumpkin spice muffins were something I could never get enough of! She would bake them in this old cast iron muffin tin where the muffin cups were actually shaped like dinosaurs! (What little kid wouldn’t love that, right?!) Naturally, we just referred to them as “Dino Muffins,” and still do to this day.
This month, I was really craving some good old Dino Muffins, but unfortunately, the recipe is packed with flour, eggs, butter, and whole host of ingredients I can’t have while on the AIP/Paleo diet. I knew it was time to be creative and come up with my own version of those dinosaur-shaped pumpkin treats. So, today’s Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins are egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and grain-free, yet they taste EXACTLY like my mom’s pumpkin muffins. (The only thing they lack is the dinosaur shape! ;)) Get ready for a new Fall favorite that will hopefully induce loads of nostalgia for your families when they smell these muffins baking this season and in the years to come!