When I think of fall, I think of shorter days, cool breezes, sipping on a spiced latte while curling up under a light blanket. My mind undoubtedly starts to wander to cooking and baking.
I think we can all agree that there is one ingredient that shouts “fall” just a bit louder than the rest. That is...
Similar to other members of the squash family, pumpkin contains a meaty core, that is very nicely seeded, roasted, and whipped into batters for baked goods. Pumpkin goes exceptionally well with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and clove.
The symbolism of fall and Halloween also helps to make it a fall staple. “Zucchini spice latte” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, now does it?
The fibrous strands of the pumpkin make wonderful soft and moist muffins. After doing a great deal of kitchen research (the tastiest kind!), here I present to you six of the best recipes for pumpkin muffins.
1. Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins – Sally's Baking Addiction
They promise what they deliver: tiny crumb cakes with a soft and rich base, topped with a slight crispness. The maple icing topping is what makes this recipe unique and memorable. The flavors combine for a sweet and dense fall treat.
2. Pumpkin Apple Muffins – Beyond the Chicken Coop
Who would have thought to combine two fall favorites into one delicious muffin?
Kathy from Beyond the Chicken Coop not only put them together, but created a delicious muffin that has the spice of fall with the sweetness of apple crisp.
3. Copycat Disney Pumpkin Muffins – Six Sisters Stuff
I love trying out ANY Disney copycat recipes and Six Sisters Stuff has some fantastic ones! They are a very close taste to the ones at Jolly Holiday Bakery during the fall months.
The golden raisins are not loved by everyone, but they do add a chewy burst of sweetness in every bite.
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4. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins – The Novice Chef
The thing I love about this recipe is that it has the flavor of a cream cheese frosting, but not the work. The cream cheese melts into the muffin as they bake. The texture is smooth and creamy throughout.
5. Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins - Kiddo & Soul
It is always a great find to come across a sugar free recipe that also tastes great.
These really do taste like mini pumpkin cakes, with a flavor that is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. I find the richness of these little treats such that I am only tempted to eat one.
6. Vegan Pumpkin Muffins – The Banana Diaries
Vegan baking can be tricky as there are no eggs, but Britt from The Banana Diaries walks us through a very easy and delicious recipe, and there is a video, which is always an added bonus for me!
The addition of the vegan chocolate chips makes these a sweet treat for all to enjoy.
7. COPYCAT Starbucks Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins - Restaurant Flavor at Home
This is one of my absolute favorite fall treats to have with a warm pumpkin spice latte. The moist and flavorful muffins are made even richer by the smooth cream cheese center. Pure deliciousness!