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Whole Wheat Mini Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made with whole wheat flour and only 60 calories each!

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made with whole wheat flour and only 60 calories each!

I have a very serious question.

Do you think mini muffins are 100x better than regular size muffins?

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made with whole wheat flour and only 60 calories each!

Because they are. I mean, they’re so teeny tiny that you can eat 7 of them in one sitting. And that’s fine (dangerous?) because you still have a couple dozen left in the batch. And people aren’t really judging you for eating so many because they’re so cute and small. The muffins, not the people.

Hmm. Anyway. I shared these lil’ muffins on Delish.com recently. Have you seen them yet? Have you been obsessing over them like a mad woman? Just me? I love them. First of all, I made them with healthy eating habits on the mind. Not that eating 7 of them would be considered healthy, but stick with me here.

I use whole wheat flour in the muffins for healthy wholesome goodness. I also use unsweetened almond milk to keep the calories low. I don’t use a ton of sugar in the muffin batter– just enough to slightly sweeten the mini muffins. For flavor? Well, we’ve got the pumpkin puree. Shocker, right. Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and melted butter add even more flavor.

Don’t leave out that butter! A touch of melted butter helps make the muffins actually taste good. You know how healthier muffins sometimes taste… rubbery and dry? I shudder at the thought. They taste that way because there isn’t much fat in the muffin batter. So for today’s whole wheat pumpkin muffins, I use just enough butter to give the muffins a rich, tender texture but still keep them on the lighter side. Scrumptious.

Eggs! Also so important for moisture, tenderness, and a rich flavor. We’ll be using 2 in this whole wheat pumpkin muffin recipe. I recommend my go-to brand, Eggland’s Best; I use Eggland’s Best for any and all of the muffins I bake. Well, all of my baked goods really. And maybe scramble a few to enjoy alongside your pumpkin muffins. EB all the way.

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made with whole wheat flour and only 60 calories each!

I don’t typically post nutritional information for my recipes because my blog’s focus is having fun in the kitchen – not math. But, like these mini muffins, I was extra curious and I thought you would be too!

  • Whole wheat flour = 710
  • Eggs = 140
  • Lightly packed brown sugar = 230
  • Pumpkin = 80
  • Melted butter = 505
  • Unsweetened almond milk (I used Almond Breeze brand)= 10
  • Spices + vanilla = 22
  • Mini chocolate chips = 550

Divided by 36 mini muffins = 60 calories. Awesome by themselves and even better paired with hot coffee and a side of fruit & yogurt. You’ve got yourself a healthy breakfast (including CHOCOLATE!) that’s perfect for this time of year.

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made with whole wheat flour and only 60 calories each!

Are you having fun baking with pumpkin this fall? Here are all of my pumpkin recipes if you want more inspiration. And follow me on Instagram and tag #sallysbakingaddiction so I can see all the SBA recipes you make. And if you want to follow along on my book tour, find me on snapchat: sallysbakeblog. 

Whole Wheat Mini Pumpkin Muffins

Here's my simple recipe for whole wheat mini pumpkin muffins. They're only 60 calories each!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) whole wheat flour (spoon & leveled)1
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice2
  • 2 large Eggland's Best eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (95g) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (228g) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup (72g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled3
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk (I use almond milk; any milk is OK)
  • 1/2 cup (90g) mini chocolate chips4

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease/spray two mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. This recipe makes around 36 muffins, so you will only use half of the 2nd pan. If using mini liners, grease/spray them with cooking spray. Set pans aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice together. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, melted butter, vanilla, and milk together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stir a few times, then add the mini chocolate chips. Fold everything together gently just until combined.
  3. Fill muffin cups around 3/4 - all the way full. Go for about 1 heaping Tablespoon of batter per muffin. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If your oven has hot spots, be sure to rotate the pans during bake time. My muffins took 12 minutes. Remove pans from the oven. Allow muffins to slightly cool before enjoying.
  4. Make ahead tip: Muffins stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Muffins can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm to your liking before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  1. You can also use white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour. Or a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose.
  2. Instead of pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1/4 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, and ground allspice. Sometimes I use closer to 1 and 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice. I like a lot of spice flavor!
  3. I do not recommend leaving out the butter. This is what makes these muffins tender and similar to the texture of higher calorie pumpkin muffins. You can use oil or melted coconut oil in its place. Do not sub applesauce; the muffins will have a rubbery texture.
  4. Mini chocolate chips are best. You get many more in each muffin which makes them taste so good. Feel free to increase mini chocolate chips to 2/3 cup (I've done that-- so good!). I do not recommend regular size.

For around 12-14 regular size muffins: bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C), then keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce temperature to 350°F (177°C) and bake for an additional 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total times these muffins take in the oven is about 20-21 minutes, give or take. The initial high temperature helps create tall muffin tops. You'll love it!

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See you tomorrow, Minneapolis! I’ll be at Williams Sonoma in the Mall of America from 12-4pm selling and signing cookbooks. I’ve never been to Minneapolis before! Then I’ll hop on a late night flight to see you all in Denver, CO on Sunday. I’ll be at Williams Sonoma in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center from 2-6pm selling and signing cookbooks.

Here is the rest of my book tour schedule. I recently added more stops, cooking demos, and TWO release parties in Boston, Baltimore, and San Diego.

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Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made with whole wheat flour and only 60 calories each!

Eggland’s Best provided me with eggs to bring you this recipe.

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made with whole wheat flour and only 60 calories each!

99 comments

  1. What can I use instead of brown sugar? Can I use agave or honey? How much should I use?

  2. Sally;
     Hi,I decided that I am going to make the whole wheat mini pumpkin muffins recipe for the church when I sign up for the baking program so that there will be some delicious treats on Sunday mornings.
      What if somebody asks me for your recipe after they try the muffins?do I just tell the the staff that I got the recipe off of your website?
      I will also make the whole wheat mini pumpkin muffins for my family as well and I will let you know how we enjoy eating your muffins and how much the church staff and the rest of the congregation like and enjoy your muffins OK sally.
      Kim

  3. Is it okay to use whole wheat pastry flour?

  4. Made these today and my whole family loved them.  They rose much better than my pumpkin muffins usually do though not as smooth on top as yours. My tops are a little bumpy. Very yummy though. Thanks for the recipe. 

  5. Can these be made in a regular size muffin tin as well?

  6. Another great recipe! I made them for the first time last week and I’ve got another batch in the oven right now…so good!

  7. Made regular muffins and came out to 14. Weren’t super high muffin tops but I could’ve filled them more. Huge hit!!!

    I also pushed in some chocolate chips on the top after spooning in the batter to make them look a little better. They took the full 21 mins and I rotated once in the oven.

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