Pumpkin Muffins

Make a batch of these pumpkin muffins, and it'll disappear before you know it! Moist, tender, and warmly spiced, they're a perfect autumn treat.

pumpkin muffin recipe

In the last few weeks, I’ve baked more batches of these pumpkin muffins than I can count. Most years, I’m pretty strict with myself when it comes to pumpkin season. It starts on the first day of fall and ends at Thanksgiving – no August pumpkin bread or pumpkin spice lattes for me. But when I started testing this pumpkin muffin recipe a few weeks back, I knew that this year was going to be an exception. These puffy pumpkin muffins were just too good not to make again and again…and again, autumn or not.

Still, I thought that I should wait until fall officially arrived to share this recipe with all of you. Now that it’s here, I’m so excited for you to try these muffins! They’re super moist and tender, with a delicious spiced pumpkin flavor. Enjoy one (or two) for breakfast with a matcha latte or a cup of coffee, and then grab another for a cozy afternoon snack. If you have any leftovers, you can freeze them, but in our house, at least, these pumpkin muffins never last long.

Pumpkin muffin recipe ingredients

Pumpkin Muffin Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make these healthy pumpkin muffins:

  • Pumpkin, of course! It gives these muffins an amazing moist texture and rich pumpkin flavor.
  • Eggs – They make these muffins tender and puffy.
  • Oil – I like to make this recipe with extra-virgin olive oil because it’s what I keep on hand. Feel free to substitute another neutral oil, such as sunflower oil, if you prefer!
  • Maple syrup – I sweeten this recipe naturally with maple syrup. It’s more nutritious than regular granulated sugar, and if you ask me, pumpkin + maple are a to-die-for fall combination!
  • Almond milk – It adds to the delicious moist texture. My homemade oat milk would be great here too!
  • Apple cider vinegar – It helps the muffins puff up as they bake.
  • Vanilla extract – For warm depth of flavor.
  • All-purpose flour and whole wheat flour – This combination makes the muffins wholesome, but not dense.
  • Baking powder and baking soda – They make the muffins nice and puffy.
  • Pumpkin pie spice – What would pumpkin muffins be without cozy, warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger?
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Whisking wet ingredients in a mixing bowl

How to Make Pumpkin Muffins

This pumpkin muffin recipe is super easy to make! Here’s how it goes:

First, whisk together the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another.

Pouring bowl of dry ingredients into bowl of wet ingredients

Then, pour the flour mixture into the bowl of wet ingredients.

Hand mixing wet and dry ingredients with a spatula

Stir until everything is just combined – careful not to overmix!

Pumpkin muffin recipe batter

When the batter is smooth, use a 1/3-cup measuring cup to divide it into a greased muffin pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Healthy pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin

Easy Pumpkin Muffins Tips

  • Don’t overmix! If you make baking recipes often, you know this tip like the back of your hand. Overmixing the batter will make these muffins dense, so only stir until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined.
  • Let them cool for 15 minutes before you eat. It’s tempting to reach for these pumpkin muffins as soon as they come out of the oven, but if you can stand to wait for 15 minutes or so, it’ll be worth it. These little guys are fairly tender, so giving them a chance to cool makes them less likely to crumble when you remove them from the muffin tins. They’ll have a richer pumpkin spice flavor after cooling, too!
  • Freeze the extras. These pumpkin muffins freeze perfectly! I like to set aside a few to eat on days 1 and 2. Then, I freeze the rest in airtight containers or baggies for quick breakfasts or snacks down the road. To thaw frozen muffins, pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds and eat them right away, or transfer them to the fridge to thaw overnight.

pumpkin muffins

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Pumpkin Muffins

rate this recipe:
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves 12
These easy pumpkin muffins are perfect for fall! They're moist, tender, and filled with pumpkin spice flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • cup almond milk
  • cup olive oil or any neutral oil
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease or spray a 12-cup muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, almond milk, olive oil, maple syrup, vinegar, and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flours, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Use a ⅓-cup measuring scoop to divide the batter into the muffin tin. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Notes

To make gluten free pumpkin muffins, replace both flours with 2 1/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Flour and bake for 22 to 26 minutes.
Make these vegan by replacing the eggs with 1/4 cup ground flaxseed mixed with 1/2 cup warm water. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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  1. Elizabeth
    09.24.2020

    Hi! Can I make these vegan with flax eggs? thank you so much
    Elizabeth

  2. Pat
    09.24.2020

    HI, This recipe sound wonderful. However,I am gluten sensitive. Any ideas on how to substitute GF flour, or even what kind you would recommend?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.24.2020

      Hi Pat, take a look at the notes in the recipe card – we have a gluten free option listed there. I hope you enjoy!

  3. Jenifer
    09.24.2020

    Hi! This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try it! I don’t have whole wheat flour … do you think it would work to use only all purpose flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.24.2020

      Hi Jennifer, whole wheat is more dense and dry so you might need more AP than what’s listed here. I can’t say for sure because I haven’t tested this version.

  4. Karine
    09.24.2020

    The pumpkin muffins sound so good this time of year. Just wondering if you have ever swapped almond flour for the all purpose/whole wheat flours?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.24.2020

      Hi Karine, I haven’t and almond flour isn’t a 1:1 swap, so I don’t recommend it with this exact recipe.

  5. Amy
    09.24.2020

    5 stars
    I’ve actually been making these muffins for a couple of weeks now as they are the base recipe for the healthy banana muffins on this site. They are insanely delicious— we have muffins every week now (the banana version all summer and then this recent switch to pumpkin for fall). I recently swapped out the banana for pumpkin which this recipe does and used pumpkin pie spice— I keep vegan by doing the flax mixture and while not super light and fluffy, they are moist and yummy if you prefer to vegan. I also add the dark chocolate chips because pumpkin and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations. These— and the banana muffins— are the best muffins I’ve ever made. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.25.2020

      Oh ha! You and I were thinking alike :). I’m glad they’ve worked out well with the flax mixture.

  6. Rina
    09.26.2020

    Do you think it is possible to swap out the oil and use apple sauce instead?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.26.2020

      Hi Rina, I can’t say with out trying. IF you give it a go, can you let me know?

      • Rina
        09.27.2020

        I did try it and I thought it turned out well, however, I haven’t made the recipe as written so I can’t compare. I also used flax eggs and added chocolate chips!

  7. Pam
    10.01.2020

    Any idea how long to cook if making jumbo muffins? Any temperature difference? Making as a reward for my husband who is reroofing our house!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.02.2020

      Hi Pam, I don’t know if these will work as jumbo muffins, they’re very tender and I think a more dense muffin would hold a jumbo shape better. You could try baking them longer but I haven’t tried, so I can’t give an exact time.

      • Pam
        10.02.2020

        5 stars
        I tried them with paper liners in a jumbo muffin pan and they turned out great! They were fragrant and high, both moist and light in texture and utterly delicious! I baked them 30-35 min until their interior temperature was 200 degrees. Perfect recipe for autumn. Thank you so much!!!

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          10.03.2020

          I’m so glad they worked out!!

  8. Bec
    10.18.2020

    5 stars
    Made these today with fresh pumpkin purée. My kids loved them! Will be a new Fall favorite.

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