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VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins – Full of pumpkin flavor and fall spice, this healthy vegan muffins recipe is made in one bowl with simple ingredients from your pantry and bakes up perfectly moist and flavorful!

head of view of freshly made vegan pumpkin muffins resting on a serving board.

It’s the fall season and what better way to celebrate than with a batch of the most delicious and easy vegan pumpkin muffins ever!

So what makes this recipe so good!

  • It’s made with a whole can of pumpkin puree for the most incredible pumpkin flavor!
  • It’s perfectly sweetened and brimming with warm fall spices!
  • It’s made in one bowl and ready in 30 minutes.
  • It’s oil-free, using applesauce to keep the muffins perfectly moist and tender.

This pumpkin muffins recipe is a spin off from my highly rated Vegan Pumpkin Bread and is just as delicious, but in easy to pack, grab-n-go muffins.

So without further ado, let’s bake!

top down view of the ingredients used to make the best vegan pumpkin muffins.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Pumpkin puree: We’ll be using a whole can of pumpkin puree, or 1 1/2 cups if using fresh. Be sure it’s 100% pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Flour: I’ve used both spelt, all-purpose, and a combo of both flours with great results. If making gluten free vegan pumpkin bread, I recommend using Bob Red Mill’s 1-1 Gluten Free Flour.
  • Applesauce or oil: These healthy pumpkin muffins were made with homemade unsweetened applesauce and are moist and tender. Feel free to use oil in it’s place if you don’t have applesauce on hand.
  • Spices: Cinnamon and vanilla pairs perfectly with the pumpkin puree. For variation, try adding a teaspoon or so of pumpkin pie spice.
  • Sugar: I used coconut sugar here so these muffins are refined sugar free. Use your favorite sugar and feel free to add up to add a little more, up to 3/4 cup.
  • Plant milk: Use your favorite unsweetened regular or vanilla non-diary milk.
  • Baking powder + baking soda: I like using a combo of both, but if you only have baking powder on hand you can use 3 teaspoons with the same results.
  • Optional add-ins: Feel free to up your pumpkin muffin game by adding 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chopped nuts such walnuts or pecans!

side by side photos showing the process of mixing together the vegan pumpkin muffin batter.

How To Make Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add the pumpkin puree, applesauce, vanilla, and non-dairy milk, mix well (shown above). Don’t overmix.

top down view of vegan pumpkin batter added to lined muffin tin and sprinkled with chopped pepitas (pumpkin seeds).

  • Add batter by the large spoonful to lined 12 cup muffin tin, filling just to the rim (shown above).
  • Sprinkle with the optional chopped pepitas.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes (shown below). To test for doneness, stick a toothpick in the center and it should come out clean.
  • Let muffins cool a few minutes, move to wire rack.

And there you have it, one bowl vegan pumpkin muffins made easy and healthy!

Recommended Equipment: I love using my USA Pan Muffin Tin, and these parchment paper muffin liners (<affiliate links).

top down view of freshly baked vegan pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin.

How To Store Muffins

  • Counter: Keep your muffins moist and fresh by storing them in a covered container on the counter for 3 – 4 days.
  • Refrigerator: They will keep longer in the refrigerator for up to 6 – 7 days.
  • Freezer: These pumpkin muffins can be stored in the freezer for up to 2  – 3 months. To store, let them cool completely and store in freezer safe containers. Let thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter.

head of view of freshly made vegan pumpkin muffins resting on a serving board.

Enjoy these delicious muffins to the fullest!

They’re perfect for breakfast or light snack anytime of day, and I know you’re going to love them as much as we do!

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Let me know if you try this easy pumpkin muffin recipe! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Vegan pumpkin muffins are healthy, easy to make using one bowl and loaded with flavorful spices and tons of pumpkin!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Muffins
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups flour (spelt, all-purpose, whole wheat, or 1-1 GF)
  • 2/33/4 cup sugar (organic pure cane or coconut)
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 can (15oz) 100% pumpkin puree or 1 1/2 cups fresh pureed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce or oil (olive oil or room temp coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened plant milk
  • 12 teaspoons vanilla
  • chopped pepitas (pumpkin seeds), optional topping

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cup muffin tin with liners.

Mix: In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add the pumpkin puree, applesauce, vanilla and non-dairy milk, mix well (shown above). Don’t overmix.

Fill muffin tin: Add batter by the large spoonful to lined 12 cup muffin tin, filling to the rim (shown above). Sprinkle with the optional chopped pepitas.

Bake: Place on the center rake in the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. To test for doneness, stick a toothpick in the center and it should come out clean. Let muffins cool a few minutes, move to wire rack.

Makes 12 muffins.

Store: Keep leftovers muffins on the counter in a covered container for up to 3 – 4 days. Keep longer in the refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.

To freeze, let muffins cool completely, and keep in freezer safe containers or baggies for up to 2 – 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter.

Notes

If you don’t have baking soda on hand use 3 teaspoons baking powder.

Optional add-ins: For a nice change, add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chopped nuts such walnuts or pecans.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: I love my USA Pan Muffin Tin, these parchment paper muffin liners. For more of my favorite cooking tools, shop my kitchen essentials.

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51 Comments

  1. Just made these and they are really delicious and gorgeous looking too! I had one issue which I hope someone can help me figure out. I used apple sauce instead of oil -Maybe this caused the issue. I could not get the cupcake paper cups off. Any tips?

    1. Alexandra says:

      Use silicone reusable muffin cups! Always comes off like a dream and easy to wash!

  2. LOVE this! I made mine with a topping of chia, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds. I also mixed some of those seeds with a little maple syrup and cinnamon and swirled it through the batter. Yum! 🤗

  3. I plan to make these today. I know you said I could sub my favorite sugar. Would brown sugar would be ok?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, brown sugar will be great! Enjoy the muffins!

  4. Arlene Hazzan Green says:

    Definitely a keeper! I think I undercooked it a bit but I just cut them in half and toasted them with a little jam or nut butter. Sooooo good. Sharing!

  5. Hello! I made these recently, and made a few alterations, and they turned out great:
    -I used applesauce instead of oil, as you suggest
    -I used 1/2 cup monk fruit sugar and 1/3 cup chopped up dates for sweetness – If I try this again, I would probably add some more monk fruit sugar or more dates, because they could have used a bit more sweetness
    -I used 100% cacao chips (no sugar)
    -I added dried cranberries
    -I sprinkled rolled oats and cinnamon on top
    -I used almond milk as the plant based milk
    -I used the full amount of cinnamon recommended and then added a bit of pumpkin pie spice as well

    I have made your banana bread as well before, and this is the second recipe I am trying, and both have been incredible, so thank you!

  6. These muffins look nice out of the oven, but I think a whole can of pumpkin is too much. They are heavy and don’t really taste like anything other than cooked pumpkin (even with a shit ton of cinnamon). I put them back in the oven for 10 minutes longer hoping the texture was a result of undercooking, but, similar to cooking banana, the texture is, well, kinda gross. Maybe it’s just that you’ve cooked some fruit and you can’t trick your mind into thinking it’s actually a baked good. I’ve eaten a lot of vegan food and am trying to reduce my cholesterol, so thought I would give this one a try. Unfortunately, this is a no-go for me.

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