Pumpkin muffins. Perfectly spiced, not too sweet, relatively healthy, and easy to make thanks to canned pumpkin. You just may find yourself making these all year long as well as on Thanksgiving morning.
Pumpkin muffins. They’re the perfect answer for anyone who may feel a touch sheepish about indulging in pumpkin pie for breakfast. Thanks to canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, you’ll find all the familiar flavors of Thanksgiving in these muffins. Whole wheat flour and homemade pumpkin seed flour ensure an enticingly tender crumb and velvety texture. And a smidgen of honey and brown sugar ensure they’re sufficiently sweet. So lovely you just may find yourself craving them all year long. Originally published November 19, 2016.–Angie Zoobkoff
Special Equipment: Paper baking cups (optional)
Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
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- 30 M
- 1 H
- Makes 12 muffins
- 3/4 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) (3 ounces or 85 grams)
- 1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour (5.5 ounces or 156 grams) or white whole wheat flour (6.6 ounces or 187 grams)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (1.75 ounces or 50 grams)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (9 grams)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (4 grams)
- 1 tablespoon store-bought or homemade pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (2 grams)
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup homemade or canned plain pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling) (6.5 ounces or 183 grams)
- 1/4 cup whole or 2% milk (60 ml)
- 1/2 cup honey (6 ounces or 170 grams)
- 1/3 cup canola oil or grapeseed oil (80 ml), plus more for the muffin cups
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Slick a 12-muffin pan with oil or line it with paper baking cups.
- 2. Toss the pumpkin seeds into a food processor, high-powered blender, or coffee grinder and pulse until they’re the texture of flour, being careful not to overdo it or you’ll end up with pumpkin seed butter.
- 3. Scrape the pumpkin seed flour into a large bowl and add the whole wheat pastry flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Whisk well to combine.
- 4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, pumpkin purée, milk, honey, and oil until smooth and combined. Pour this pumpkin mixture over the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula just until smooth with no streaks of flour remain. Scrape the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
- 5. Bake the pumpkin muffins for 15 to 20 minutes, until just firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- 6. Let the muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for a few minutes. If not using paper baking cups, run a knife around the edge of each muffin. Gently turn each muffin out of the pan and onto the wire rack and cool completely. (The muffins will remain moist and tender for up to 3 days when stored in a closed container at room temperature.)
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