Healthy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Kate Donahue | Food Babbles

Healthy pumpkin muffins made with whole grain and healthy pumpkin. Such a great way to start a crisp fall morning!

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So how about healthy pumpkin muffins for breakfast? Oh, I'm not talking about muffins mearly flavored with pumpkin spice. Oh no! I mean pumpkin muffins filled with pumpkin pie filling. Double the pumpkin is a big yes in my book.

When autumn comes our way, with it comes a pumpkin bonanza. I love pumpkin in its oh-so-many forms. Pumpkin pie muddy buddiesgluten free pumpkin bread, this crazy pumpkin pizza dough recipepumpkin bundt cakepumpkin spice cake, and even pumpkin ice cream!

And of course, you must have the classic pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is something I look forward to each year. I love the spiced pumpkin custard filling, a buttery crust, all topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

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The best part is that these muffins are healthy too. Whole wheat flour, reduced sugars and oil are helped along their journey towards becoming tender muffins by unsweetened applesauce, which also adds moisture and flavor to these fabulous muffins.

Each bite of these pumpkin pie muffins is moist and lightly spiced. Oh, and that filling - it's the very best part. These healthy pumpkin muffins are a great start to a crisp autumn morning or a great afternoon snack.

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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

    12 Servings


For the Muffins:
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
For the Pumpkin Filling:
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice


For the Muffin Batter:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan by spraying tin with non-stick baking spray or paper liners sprayed with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, applesauce, almond milk and vanilla extract. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Stir until smooth and well combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two additions, mixing after each addition just until evenly moistened. Set aside.

For the Pumpkin Filling:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, brown sugar, applesauce, salt and pumpkin pie spice.

To Assemble for Baking:

  1. Fill muffin cups half way with muffin batter. Dollop a small amount of filling on top, making sure it doesn't touch the sides. Evenly divide remaining batter among muffin cups. Create a little divot in the top of each muffin using the back of a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon and fill the divots with remaining filling.
  2. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack.


Source: Adapted from Love and Zest
Adapted from Love and Zest
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Author: Kate Donahue
Source: Adapted from Love and Zest
Recipe Yields: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 mufifn
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 45
Calories 192

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 205mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 15g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kate Donahue

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Kate babbles about all things food on her own blog, Food Babbles, and about feeding her girls the best way. Here on Food Fanatic, she wows us with her commitment to homemade, fresh baking, week after week.

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