These adorable mini pumpkin muffins are made with whole wheat flour, real pumpkin puree, mini chocolate chips, and lots of cozy pumpkin spice. They’re full of flavor, incredibly moist, and only 60 calories each! Follow my recipe notes to make these as regular size muffins, too.
Do you think mini muffins are 100x better than regular size muffins? I certainly do! Today’s mini pumpkin muffins have the same great flavor as my pumpkin bread, made into itty bitty, lightened up bite-sized muffins. You won’t be able to stop after just one!
These Whole Wheat Mini Pumpkin Muffins Are:
- Wholesome and satisfying
- Moist and flavorful
- Simple to make– no mixer required
- Great for breakfast, a snack, or dessert
- Perfectly pumpkin spiced
- Loaded with mini chocolate chips
- Only 60 calories each
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins – Ingredients
There’s so much fall flavor in each bite of today’s mini muffins. Here’s what you need:
- Whole Wheat Flour: We use wholesome and hearty whole wheat flour as the base of these muffins.
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda: These leaveners help the muffins rise.
- Cinnamon & Pumpkin Pie Spice: I like to use a blend of these cozy spices for mega fall flavor. Instead of pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1/4 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, and ground allspice.
- Salt & Vanilla Extract: Both add flavor. Try using homemade vanilla extract.
- Eggs: Eggs add moisture and bind the ingredients together.
- Brown Sugar: A little brown sugar sweetens these muffins.
- Pumpkin: Pumpkin adds flavor and incredible moisture. Make sure to use real pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling).
- Butter: A touch of melted butter helps make the muffins taste good– no rubbery or dry muffins today. We use just enough butter to give the muffins a rich, tender texture but still keep them on the lighter side. Don’t leave it out!
- Milk: Milk adds moisture.
- Chocolate Chips: Mini chocolate chips are best. You get many more in each muffin! Use any leftover in mini chocolate chip muffins.
I don’t typically post nutritional facts for my recipe, but I was curious about these and thought you would be, too.
Here’s the calorie breakdown of the full mini muffin recipe:
- 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 each
More Favorite Pumpkin Recipes
- Pumpkin Donuts (baked, not fried)
- 130 Calorie Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Lightened Up Pumpkin Spice Bars
- Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- Pumpkin Bread
Here’s my simple recipe for whole wheat mini pumpkin muffins. They’re only 60 calories each!
- 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) whole wheat flour* (spoon & leveled)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
- 2 large 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 cooled*
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup (80ml) milk (I use almond milk; any milk is OK)
- 1/2 cup (90g) mini chocolate chips*
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
- Flour: You can also use white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour. Or a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: 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!
- Butter: 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.
- Chocolate Chips: 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.
- Regular Size Muffins: Makes 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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