sugar:shock Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

sugar:shock is my journey to a life free of refined-sugars. After deciding I was 100% addicted to the sweet white stuff, I knew I needed to make a change. These recipes are my creations that allow me to enjoy my favorite foods without the typical refined sugars.


Does anyone else get SO tired of breakfast? Ugh. I’ve always cooked for my family – we don’t do cold cereal on the regular – but I get tired of the same old eggs and pancakes.

I was super excited to try some pumpkin muffins, because hello, it’s fall! 😉 Everything I make these days will have to include either pumpkin, apple, or pear. Otherwise, I’m just not interested.

These muffins are super easy to double up and have extras to freeze or store in the refrigerator for the week. The mix-ins are easy to customize too, so make sure you use something the kids will eat…or let them pick!


Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins


1 large egg

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 1/2 cup date paste

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

dash of salt

2 tsp baking powder

3 cups old fashioned oats

Mixins: 3/4 cup total; mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pecans or walnuts, butterscotch chips, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds

*1/4 cup pure maple syrup, optional


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease muffin tins with baking spray or coconut oil.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except powder, oats, and chocolate chips. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed.

Pour scant 1/4 cup batter into each muffin tin. Bake 20 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately, store in an airtight container, or freeze in airtight freezer bags.


Store bought chocolate chips do include refined sugar. If you want to be completely sugar free, order chips online that are sweetened with stevia. 

Since I’ve been without sugar for so long, foods that would not have been sweet before are now super delicious to me. My family, not so much. 🙂 I did not use maple syrup in my recipe, but my family would have liked these muffins to be a tad sweeter. If your family is used to sugar, I would recommend adding a bit of pure maple to sweeten it up a bit more than the dates will allow.