Up to 1/2 cup mix-ins: chocolate chipscranberries, toasted and chopped walnuts or pecans, or a mix
Place a rack in the center of your oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 10 of the wells of a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, kosher salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the wet. Gently stir, just until combined and the flour disappears. Fold in any desired mix-ins.
Divide the batter evenly between the cups, filling them nearly all the way to the top. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the muffin pan on a wire rack, and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Gently lift the muffins out of the pan, and place on the rack to finish cooling for as long as you can stand the suspense. Enjoy!
*Be sure to use blanched almond flour, which is finely ground from blanched almonds that have the skin removed, not coarse almond flour (often called “meal”), which has the brown skins. No other flour can be substituted, as almond flour has very unique properties.
TO MAKE ALMOND FLOUR: Place blanched, slivered almonds in a food processor and pulse until you have a fine powder. About 1 1/2 cups of slivered almonds will yield the 1 1/2 cups flour needed for the recipe. Be sure to measure before baking. Depending upon your food processor, you may also want to process the almonds in two batches to ensure they blend evenly.
I have not yet experimented with making the bread vegan. If you’d like to play around, you could try swapping the eggs for flax eggs. Please note that because this recipe does have a large number of eggs, this is a riskier substitution. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to hear how it comes out!
TO STORE: Keep leftovers in an airtight container lined with paper towels in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.