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These Healthy Pumpkin Muffins Are the Perfect Way To Start Thanksgiving

November 14, 2023

Thanksgiving morning deserves a special touch, a wholesome treat that kicks off the day with warmth and joy. Enter these healthy pumpkin muffins — a delightful blend of fall flavors that not only make for a guilt-free indulgence but also infuse your home with the comforting aroma of spices. So, grab your apron and let’s dive into these healthy pumpkin muffins that will make your Thanksgiving morning memorable.

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  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease it well.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger).
  3. In another bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup or honey, melted coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix well until all the wet ingredients are fully incorporated.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are perfectly fine.
  5. If desired, fold in chopped nuts or chocolate chips to add an extra layer of flavor.
  6. Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes in the tin before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.


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