Healthy pumpkin oat muffins baked with oats and applesauce along with pumpkin puree; the light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on top adds just the right flavor finishing.
Are you looking for a muffin that tastes delicious, is easy to make, and healthy? Well, look no further because we have your muffin right here with these pumpkin oat muffins.
What makes them so yummy? One thing is that pumpkin flavor we all crave each fall. Also there is the flavor combination of cardamom and cinnamon. Cardamom is a complex flavor of citrusy, spicy, minty, and herbal all in one; plus it is a delicious compliment to cinnamon. And these pumpkin oat muffins come out of the oven tender and mouth watering since you moisten them with applesauce and pumpkin puree.
What makes these pumpkin oat muffins so easy to make? Basically because there is minimum of ingredients; only 12 if you are counting salt and spices. And then you just mix your wet ingredients, shift together the dry ingredients, and mix them together. Scoop into the muffin tins and bake. I do like to top mine with a little extra cinnamon sugar and oats though, but that’s simple too.
What makes these pumpkin oat muffins healthy? There are several reasons why they are healthy. First off, because you are replacing the oil or shortening with applesauce and pumpkin puree. Another is the oats in the muffins; oats can lower cholesterol, protect your heart, and provide essential vitamins. Applesauce is an antioxidant and provides fiber that your body needs. And lastly pumpkin puree is really good for you; pumpkin puree provides fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins that support your immune system. Wow, that’s a lot of healthy going on there.
Have I convinced you that you really want to make these pumpkin oat muffins? I’m sure I have, and once you do, biting into them will more than convince you that you will be wanting to bake them over and over again.
So what are the ingredients in pumpkin oat muffins?
all purpose flour
brown sugar – for the cinnamon sugar topping
How do I make and bake pumpkin oat muffins?
You will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees, line your muffin tins or spray with cooking oil, then gather all your ingredients.
In a medium bowl, shift together all the dry ingredients; flour, white sugar, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, and oats.
In another bowl, whisk together all your wet ingredients; 1 egg, vanilla extract, applesauce, and pumpkin puree.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until mixed, with no dry spots. Overmixing can result in flatter muffins.
Scoop batter into the muffin tin.
Mix 1/8 cup of brown sugar with cinnamon, sprinkle on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for a few minutes before eating.
Are you looking for other muffin recipes; try these:
Pumpkin Oat Muffins
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
For the Topping:
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbs cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Line or spray your muffin tins.
- In a medium bowl, put your flour, cinnamon, cardamom, soda, salt, oats, and sugar, Whisk together.
- Add to the dry ingredients your egg, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and applesauce. Mix together until all is combined.
- Using a 1/4 measuring cup, scoop up muffin batter and pour into muffin tins, filling each tin about 3/4 full.
- For your topping, mix 1/8 a cup of brown sugar with 1 Tbs cinnamon, then sprinkle on top of your muffins.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack in tins for a couple of minutes. Then carefully remove to wire rack to finish cooling or eat warm.
Pumpkin Oat Muffins was originally posted on February 5, 2014; writing and photos were updated October 2020.