Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

Yesterday, after my mini food tour of Ocala, I must have been inspired by all of the grub because I was hit with the urge to bake.

With fall only 11 days away, I figured Iā€™d get a jumpstart on seasonal baking and turned to pumpkin to make some delicious oatmeal pumpkin muffins.

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I used whole wheat flour, oats and pumpkin to increase the nutritional value of the muffins a little bit.

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Pumpkin naturally yields super-moist baked goods, and these muffins were no exception. So dense and delicious!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Bake Time: 18 minutes


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • Optional mix-ins: nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line muffin tin with muffin cups
  2. Combine whole wheat flour through sugar in a large bowl and mix to evenly distribute ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl, mix egg, pumpkin, milk and canola oil
  4. Pour pumpkin mixture into flour mixture and stir until batter is thick and fully mixed
  5. Fold in optional mix-ins
  6. Pour batter into muffin cups and bake for 18 minutes or until tops of the muffins bounce back when lightly touched
  7. Cool, top with cinnamon or honey butter and enjoy

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I bet you can guess what my snack (x2) was this morning. Smile

I should also note that those muffins are fantastic topped with peanut butter. I microwaved one to warm it up for 15 seconds and then spread creamy peanut butter on top late this morning and it was incredible.


Lunch today featured some healthy food! I think my body missed food that was naturally colorful this weekend.

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I made myself a hummus and Swiss cheese sandwich on a whole wheat hamburger bun, topped with tomato and alfalfa sprouts.

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Sprouts are just so fun! I love it when my sandwiches at delis are made with sprouts and finally figured I should just buy them to put on my homemade sandwiches.

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I feel like I almost always melt my cheese when I have the chance, but today I wanted cold cheese. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit! Maybe cold cheese will make a comeback on my lunchtime sandwiches? I like it ooey and gooey on my breakfast bagelwiches, but at lunchtime, cold cheese is much more appealing.


  1. says

    It’s time for me to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon. I was trying to hold out for some cooler weather (because nothings better than a Pumpkin Spiced Latte and a cool fall day šŸ™‚ ) but I’ve seen too many recipes that I’m dying to try! I’m moving to Rhode Island in 6 days for my job (AH!) so I’ll be able to experience some cooler weather up there!!


  2. Ally says

    I made similar muffins last weekend but added some plain old protein powder and made a last minute change to use all purpose baking mix instead because I ran out of flour šŸ™ They are the best post-gym workout snack before I want to eat my full breakfast!


  3. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says

    This recipe couldn’t have come at a better time! We’re leaving for a mini-vacay on Wednesday and I have a bunch of pumpkin to use up. I’m totally making these tonight and plan on mixing up the mix-ins (thinking of a few with white chocolate chips, chocolate chips and plain – for the husband).

    Thanks Julie!


      • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says

        I just made these muffins. The only tweaks I made was adding 2 tsp of vanilla and a dash of kosher salt. OMG, they are soooo good! The batter was crazy yummy too.

        I added white and milk chocolate chips to about 4 of them and will definitely be having them tomorrow.

        Thanks for the awesome recipe!


  4. says

    i’m so excited for fall foods. i was just telling my husband yesterday that i want to make pumpkin muffins. thanks for the recipe!

    my co-worker actually brought in pumpkin muffins this morning. what a treat! we had cream cheese with them and that went well too.


  5. says

    I love pumpkin anything! I made a pumpkin loaf last night , but reduced the sugar maybe a tad too much! But I think I will try ti with PB – after all doesn’t it make everything better?!
    Mu husband also made me quinoa pumpkin pancakes this morning for my birthday!


  6. Mallory @ It's Only Life says

    those mufins look amazing…i will have to try this recipe next weekend when i’m home! I bet it would be great as a loaf of bread, too!


  7. says

    The muffins look so good Julie! I have also purchased a few cans of pureed pumpkin and have been doing all sorts with them in the kitchen – recipes are coming soon! Also, I’m with you on the craving healthy foods thing. After indulgent days or weekends, my body screams for it!


  8. Maria says

    Hey Julie!

    I was reading through some of your treadmill interval workouts (in the “Work it out” section) to find some inspiration for my next trip to the gym, and I was just wondering, when you write “pace”, is it then miles per hour or km per hour?

    I’m from Denmark (Europe), so our treadmills all go by km per hour, where I think yours go by mph in the states?

    Btw, I adore your blog, you have the best writing skills that always keep me interested!

    Best regards from Maria! šŸ™‚


  9. says

    I cannot believe that fall is that close! Iā€™m still trying to hold onto summer- but these muffins are looking yummy! Have you made any that are gluten free by any chance?


  10. Mercedes says

    mmmm… sprouts! I love sprouts on sandwiches, and I actually used to make my own, but haven’t taken the time to start up a new bath recently. I think you have inspired me!


  11. says

    Ooooh, I might have to try these out tonight!! You made me laugh with the sprouts–I love them on sandwiches too, but I’ve never been able to figure out why…..I mean, do they really even have a taste? Maybe an earthy taste? I’m not sure, but I like the crunch šŸ™‚


  12. says

    Ooh these look yummy! I made a batch of Carrot and Pear Cinnamon Spiced Muffins at the weekend. With Halloween coming round I will finally be able to get my hands on some pumpkin so I might give these a whirl! (or a “veganified” version!:)


  13. says

    Sprouts seriously MAKE a sandwich šŸ™‚ something about the texture? because they don’t really taste like much haha.

    Starring your pumpkin muffin recipe– for my husband to make for me because I hate baking šŸ˜‰


  14. says

    I completely forgot Alfalfa Sprouts existed until now! I will definitely be adding those to my sandwiches too!

    And I’m way jealous of your pumpkin muffins..can’t seem to find canned pumpkin anywhere since I moved to England!


  15. says

    Mmmmm, these look delish! I am trying to resist busting out the pumpkin til it is officially fall though, because I become obsessed for pretty much all of fall+winter. I’m actually surprised I’ve never turned orange, between that and my sweet potato love.


  16. says

    Those muffins look really yummy!!! I’ve never baked with pumpkin before, but I absolutely love it!! I recently got a recipe to make homemade Starbucks copycat pumpkin spice creamer, which I cannot wait to try out!


  17. Sarah says

    I just fell in love someone. I met him on line, but i’ve never really seen him in person. I will probably meet him today or tomorrow. I can’t wait to try him… did that sound wrong? I’m sorry if it sounded weird. I was talking about the pumpkin oatmeal muffin.


  18. says

    Oh my gosh, those muffins look amazing!! I haven’t had anything pumpkin flavored yet this year but you can bet when I start I’ll be making these! And I think I need to give sprouts another chance! I haven’t had them since I was a kid!


  19. Melissa says

    O.M.G. those muffins are so good! I immediately made some after your post because I had an opened can of pumpkin in the fridge to use up šŸ™‚ they are sooooo good!!!!!!


  20. Christina Marie says

    I love pumpkin everything… yesterday I had pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin frozen custard. Delish.

    Random question: I’m trying to decide on a Vita-Mix and there are 2 that keep popping up in my searches, they are the same price but I can’t seem to find info on what the real difference is between the two.

    Vita-Mix 1363 CIA Prof Series and the 1709. Any help would be amazeballs.


  21. says

    This is why I love your blog so much! I’ve had something with pumpkin in it the past week, Haha! They look yummy!

    And I love that sandwhich with all the tomatoes! I loooove me some maters, especially with cheese and dijonnaise. Yum!


  22. Blair says

    The muffins look great! I think I’m going to add the raisins like you suggested. Everything is about 1000000x better with raisins. šŸ˜€


  23. Elizabeth says

    Julie–try this–1can pumpkin, 1cake mix– I like spice. Mix and spread into cake pan of choice. Bake at 350. Frost with the whipped vanilla icing delicious and easy! E


  24. Marisa says


    THOSE SOUND AMAZING! I don’t have a gluten allergy, but find that gluten makes my tummy hurt sometimes and was wondering if there was a way to make this recipe gluten-free? I know oats and flour contain gluten but maybe someone has an idea…. thanks!


  25. Laurie says

    Ugh, I can’t find can pumpkin in the store!!! I thought they would be out by now. Is there another shortage on pumpkin this year? Your recipe looks great!


  26. says

    OMG I just made these for class tomorrow…. DFJHIUTUDNJKSIAGK SOOO GOOD!!!! The boy and the roomie approve as well!!! Thank you Julie!!!!!!
    Also I like cold cheese on lunch sandwiches as well.. but it rocks when it is gooey on breakfast sandwiches!


  27. Grecia says

    I seriously cannot wait to try these. I’m on an “everything pumpkin” kick ever since Starbucks started selling their pumpkin spice lattes again.


  28. Sarah says

    Hey Julie! I reeeaaaaaaalllllllly wanna make these, but not sure if i have enough pumpkin šŸ™ Also i don’t have the pie spice. Is there anything i could do to substitute the spice, maybe with cinnamon or allspice? Or would that change the flavor?


  29. Rebecca says

    Oh man Julie, I am so excited to try out all these new pumpkin recipes you’re posting! I’m trying to wait til it’s ACTUALLY fall so I don’t overdo it too soon, but I think I might need to buy my first can of pumpkin this weekend… Can’t wait to try these!


  30. Alison says

    I made these today and they turned out delicious! I made a few healthy substitutions: 1/3 c unsweetened applesauce instead of oil, 1/2 c brown sugar (no white sugar), and 1 tbsp flax meal. I also used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 c all-purpose flour. Turned out delicious, but I think next time I will add 1/4 c more sugar!


  31. Heather says

    Hey Julie

    I so forget about getting sprouts at the store! Thanks for reminding me to put them on my grocery list for next week! šŸ™‚ And of course for all the wonderful pumpkin recipes to try, etc.


  32. Rachel says

    I just made 2.5 dozen of these muffins last night for a work Halloween luncheon today. They are going to be a hit. My mom asked for the recipe and my dad’s reaction to seeing them on your site, “They look delicious! You should make them! šŸ˜‰ ”


  33. Jesse says

    These are great! Got up early this morning to make them, subbed half the oil for apple sauce, and added mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. So yummy!


  34. Brie says

    Loved the oatmeal pumpkin muffins! I didn’t have any all purpose flour so I subbed quinoa, and instead of oil I used unsweetened apple sauce. I ran out of milk so for half the milk I used chocolate almond milk and they are terrific! Thanks, I will totally be checking our your blog often!


  35. ARS says

    I just had to revisit this recipe to let you know how much I LOVE these muffins. I make them all the time. I even use all whole wheat flour, instead of half and half, sub applesauce for oil, and use about 1/2 the amount of white sugar called for. They are still amazing with the modifications. I took them to my daughter’s school for snack and felt great about taking a healthy baked dessert. Thanks!


  36. Sarah says

    I have 4 29-oz cans of pumpkin in my pantry (grabbed them off a post-holiday clearance table last year) and didn’t know what to make for dinner, so I searched “pumpkin oat muffins”, and was soooo happy with these! I’ll try the next batch with all whole wheat flour next time–I think the pumpkin would help them stay nice and tender. Mine lacked 2 things, salt and walnuts or pecans. I think a half tsp of salt or so would round out the flavor nicely. I made these so quickly, even with 3 hungry kids, 4 years and under, under foot. Thanks for the recipe! (Oh, also used coconut oil and buttermilk, but those are my standby substitutions for all my baking. šŸ™‚ )


  37. Chantelle says

    yum! What a great recipe! I added 1/2 tsp of salt, ground flax and hemp hearts. I think I will add some shredded carrot and raisins next time too!


  38. Val says

    I thought you might be interested to know that I calulated the calories for one of these muffins and got a rough 198 calories. I used olive oil in mine, though.


  39. says

    I just made the Pumpkin Oatmeal muffins but turned them into muffin tops. Thanks for the recipe; they’re quite good! My only thought was that the recipe didn’t call for any salt, so I might add a little next time to bring out the flavors more. Thanks for a new keeper recipe! šŸ™‚


  40. Kristen says

    Just tried these muffins this morning, they are amazing!!! I used all whole wheat flour instead of adding in the white and they worked out great. So excited to add a new recipe to my healthy foods arsenal!


  41. Christina says

    I made these muffins for me and my boyfriend and they were delicious! They were easy to make and turned out very moist! I added raisins to mine and my boyfriend and I loved them! Thank you for sharing this yummy, healthy treat!


  42. Rudi says

    My muffins are in the oven as we speak! I hate to be critical but I almost forgot to add in baking powder, soda and oats since they weren’t indicated in the steps! I am a space cadet and always forgetting ingredients! I am a pumpkin fanatic and can’t wait to try them out!



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