Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

Moist, fluffy and perfectly spiced Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins are a tender delicious snack that everyone will love!

Pumpkin Applesauce, Fall Snack Mix, and Fall Spritz Cookies  are some of my go to fall snacks, along with these hearty whole wheat pumpkin muffins. They are such a tasty fall treat!!

The inside of a whole wheat pumpkin muffin. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Healthy and still delicious!

Finally, a whole wheat pumpkin muffin that tastes just as amazing as its all-purpose counterpart! It took me three tries to get this recipe right. I love baking with whole wheat flour, but when you use ALL whole wheat flour baked goods tend to end up dry, crumbly and bland. I used all of my tricks to create a muffin with a moist, yet tender crumb, packed full of warm fall spices and lots of pumpkin flavor.

This recipe’s star ingredient is whole wheat pastry flour. Unlike regular whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour is ground from the finest soft white wheat and has a lower percentage of protein in it. That means it’s going to yield baked goods with a tender crumb and milder taste. Another name for whole wheat pastry flour is graham flour.

If you have trouble finding it (or don’t want to order it online), you can use white whole wheat flour. Swap out 2 tablespoons of flour for equal parts cornstarch. The flavor will not be the exact same, but the texture should be similar. If you need ideas on how to use up the rest of it, try these bran muffins, these banana pancakes, or these whole wheat blueberry muffins.

Baked whole wheat pumpkin muffins in a silicone mold. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Making Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

PREP. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners or use a silicone muffin mold.

WET INGREDIENTS. In a large mixing bowl whisk together pumpkin, oil, buttermilk, sugars, egg, and egg whites.

DRY INGREDIENTS. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually fold in the dry ingredients just until combined.

BAKE. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin wells. Place in the oven and bake for 16-20 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched.

ENJOY! Remove from the oven and dust the tops with sugar if desired. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

An open can of Libby's pumpkin puree for the whole wheat pumpkin muffins. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

 

A bowl filled with batter ready to be scooped for the whole wheat pumpkin muffins. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

 

Scooping the whole wheat pumpkin muffin batter into the silicone mold. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Recipe Tips

To make your own pumpkin pie spice for this recipe simply combine ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ginger, ⅛ tsp allspice, and ⅛ tsp ginger.  

If you don’t have any buttermilk available you can easily make your own by measuring ½ Tbsp of white vinegar into a measuring cup and then adding  ½ cup of milk.  Give this a little stir and then let it sit for about 5 minutes and you will be ready to add it in!

Use either light or dark brown sugar for this recipe.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree would be a delightful addition to this recipe.   

A silicone mold filled with batter ready to be baked into whole wheat pumpkin muffins. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Variations

Add in some of your favorites like:

  • chopped walnuts
  • pecans
  • chocolate chips
  • raisins
  • dried cranberries

Moisty, fluffy whole wheat pumpkin muffins. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Storing Info

STORE leftover muffins covered at room temperature or kept covered in the fridge for a few days. 

To FREEZE, make sure to wait until they have cooled before adding them to a Ziploc bag or freezer safe container.  When you are ready to eat them just warm them up individually in the microwave for 30-60 seconds on high straight from the freezer.

The tender crumb of a whole wheat pumpkin muffin. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

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Copycat Wegman's whole wheat pumpkin muffins. | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

Moist, fluffy and perfectly spiced. These tender whole wheat pumpkin muffins are a delicious snack that everyone will love!
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Course: Breads & Muffins
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 16 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 34 mins
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: Natalie Dicks
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Ingredients

For the muffins:
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners or use a silicone muffin mold.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together pumpkin, oil, buttermilk, sugars, egg, and egg whites.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Gradually fold in the dry ingredients just until combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the muffin wells. Place in the oven and bake for 16-20 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched.
  • Remove from the oven and dust the tops with sugar if desired. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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I’m partnering with Silpat to bring you today’s recipe. All opinions are my own. Thank you for helping me work with companies I love!

Along with the whole wheat flour I added baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. After everything was incorporated, I grabbed my handy #20 scoop and divided the batter between the wells of my Silpat Classic Muffin Mold.

Yes, they make all sorts of molds now (sold exclusively at Williams Sonoma) and they are AWESOME! I have my eye on the mini loaf and mini muffin shapes. They also make madeline and fluted cake molds too!

You know how much I love my original Silpat, I use it all of the time. This muffin mold goes on a 13×18 sheet pan just like the original. It’s non-stick finish means you don’t have to grease the wells, you don’t have to use liners and you can pop them out with ease. ?

Such a game-changer friends. While it is a bit pricey ($50), it’s well worth it. Plus it would make an excellent gift for the holidays. Just sayin’.

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About the Author

Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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