It’s definitely pumpkin spice muffin time. These are perfect fall muffins, with plenty of warming spices. They are easy, made in one bowl, and healthier than most — made with whole wheat flour and oats, naturally sweetened, and without butter.
Fall Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- ⅓ cup Extra Virgin olive oil
- ½ cup maple syrup or honey (I used ¼ and ¼)
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- ¼ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice blend (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon ground allspice or cloves)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp Kosher salt
- 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
- ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp pumpkin spice blend
1. Preheat oven to 325° F. If necessary, grease all 12 cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray (my pan is non-stick and didn’t require any grease). You can use liners as well, if you wish.
2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and maple syrup or honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs, and beat well. Add the pumpkin purée, milk, pumpkin spice blend, baking soda, vanilla extract and salt.
3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined (a few lumps are ok). If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
4. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins a light sprinkle of the topping and a few oats for garnish. Bake muffins for 22– 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. These muffins are delicate until they cool down, and they taste best then, too! They’ll keep at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
• You could add in anything you like inside the muffins. After stirring in the flour and oats, gently fold in up to ¾ cup chocolate chips, chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts, chopped dried cranberries or crystallized ginger.
• These muffins are great on their own, or with a bit of butter or almond butter.