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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Maple Glaze

Healthy pumpkin muffins with spiced maple glaze are moist, fluffy and packed with pumpkin and pumpkin spice in each bite! Made with simple ingredients and sweetened naturally, they’re easy to make and perfect all fall long!

We can’t have fall without a nice batch of pumpkin muffins, am I right?! Spiced just right and perfect for the season, you’ll love how moist and fluffy these muffins are and that they are easily made with just a few ingredients. The spiced maple glaze is like the cherry on top, giving each muffin a little creamy sweetness and extra pumpkin spice on top!

If you follow me on Instagram then you know I can’t resist a good pumpkin treat no matter what time of year it is, but especially in the fall! You can feel good snacking on these pumpkin muffins or having one with your pumpkin coffee on a chilly fall morning because they are more nutritious than your typical bakery style muffin.

As a pumpkin loving dietitian, it’s important to me to make treats that we can feel good having all fall long and that remind us of all the reasons we love the season. These muffins definitely check both boxes!

best healthy pumpkin muffins with spiced maple glaze

pumpkin nutrition

So what makes these healthy pumpkin muffins healthy?! One reason I consider them healthier than a bakery style muffin is that they contain pumpkin, which is truly a fall superfood! Pumpkin is packed with vitamin C, E, A, and potassium and fiber, giving these muffins more nutrition per bite.

That is truly one of the reasons I love pumpkin so much is that it in addition to adding flavor, moistness and more texture to anything you add it to, it adds lots of good nutrition to anything you add it too!

You can feel good knowing that these muffins are also sweetened naturally with maple syrup, and made with whole-wheat flour which provides more nutrition than regular white flour. Win, win all pumpkin season long!

healthy pumpkin muffins with maple glaze

ingredients for healthy pumpkin muffins

  • whole wheat pastry flour – look for this in the baking aisle at most grocery stores.
  • baking soda
  • pumpkin pie spice – If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can definitely use cinnamon.
  • ground ginger
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • butter
  • pumpkin puree – as always and like in all of my recipes, make sure you’re using pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filing! Pumpkin puree should just be one ingredient — pumpkin puree!
  • eggs
  • maple syrup
  • unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
  • lemon zest (optional)

equipment/ utensils:

  • 2 mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • muffin pan
  • muffin liners
  • wooden spoon

how to make pumpkin muffins

These pumpkin muffins are super easy to make!

  1. Preheat the oven. Preheat the oven and prepare the muffin tin.
  2. Whisk. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl and whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl until well combined.
  3. Combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together with a wooden spoon.
  4. Divide. Divide the batter between the muffin liners and place in the oven.
  5. Prepare the glaze. While the muffins are baking, prepare the spiced maple glaze by mixing the ingredients together.
  6. Bake. Bake the muffins, let cool and drizzle with maple glaze. Sprinkle more pumpkin spice on top of each muffin and enjoy!
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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Maple Glaze

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: pumpkin recipes
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

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for the muffins: 

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted 
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

for the spiced maple glaze: **

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1/4 tbsp grated lemon zest (optional) 
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with liners. Spray each liner with cooking spray to avoid sticking at the end.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree, eggs, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract until combined. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. The batter should still be a little lumpy — don’t over mix!
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to portion out the batter evenly between the muffin liners. 
  6. Bake for 22-24 minutes and let cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire wrack.
  7. While the muffins are baking, stir together all of the ingredients for the maple glaze. If it’s too thick, thin it out by adding a little more almond milk.
  8. Once the muffins have cooled use a fork to drizzle the glaze on top. Sprinkle extra pumpkin spice on top of each one and enjoy! 

Notes

Store muffins on countertop for 1-2 days then store in an airtight container in the fridge. 

** The glaze is optional. You could totally omit it and add chocolate chips to this recipe instead if that sounds better!

Keywords: healthy pumpkin muffins; pumpkin muffins; moist & fluffy pumpkin muffins

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