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. 

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Whole Wheat Mini Pumpkin Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 36 mini muffins
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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 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*

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. Flour: You can also use white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour. Or a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

Keywords: mini pumpkin muffins, whole wheat 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!

109 Comments

  1. Good luck at the Mall of America! I grew up in MN before moving to San Diego (can’t wait for that tour stop!) and used to work at that mall in h.s….the memories. Have fun!!!

    These are just tooooo adorable. Mini food just tastes better, period. And it’s healthy. Dangerous, seriously could pop 6 of them in about 6 seconds!

  2. I’m with you on the mini muffin love. My kids get mini pumpkin muffins that my mother-in-law bakes them, and they love them. I think the size has as much to do with it as the taste!
    I like yours better, though, because they have chocolate chips. Chocolate chips make everything better!

  3. These look like a must-try! When I bake with pumpkin, it just makes everything feel a lot more like fall. And I’ve got a huge can of the stuff in the fridge 🙂 

  4. This is similar to the recipe I have adapted from a few places and it is sooo good. I use maple syrup for the sweetener and it goes so well with the pumpkin! These are perfect to go in the freezer for lunchboxes!

  5. Sally, I totally agree with you on the entire subject of mini muffins with mini chocolate chips. I think minituare rocks, be it muffins or people (I might be a little prejudiced there being 5′ 2″ myself).  I always shayed away from the baking recipes using greater percentage of the whole wheat flour.  But this muffins look very light and airy.  And of course the caloric count does not hurt either, considering the chocolate chips (oh, those little devils!).  I am very curious to try them.

  6. I’m a fan of mini foods & mini chocolate chips. I appreciate the nutritional info. My daughter was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and we carb count to figure out how much insulin to give.  🙂

  7. Hi Sally! Huge fan and I’m so hoping I can venture to somewhere nearby Montreal to meet you! How long should I bake them if I want to make them using a regular-sized muffin pan?

  8. Just made these and they are fantastic! I make a lot of whole wheat muffins but these really don’t taste like whole wheat, they are so good! I subbed fresh cranberries for the chocolate chips because pumpkin + cranberry = fall goodness! Even my 3 year old loves them! Thanks for another great recipe! 

  9. It’s too bad you don’t have it planned to visit Ottawa, Canada or even Montreal. I’m planning to make these to use up my leftover pumpkin puree from Thanksgiving. I hear yours is in November?

  10. I made the full-size muffins and they have been devoured! My favorite treat at a nearby bakery is a pumpkin with white chocolate chips – as soon as I get my hands on some white chocolate chips, I’m going to throw them in and save myself $2.50! :o)

  11. These muffins just became my new favorite whole wheat treat! I baked them in a traditional muffin tin, 5 minutes on 425, 13 minutes on 350. They cooked through perfectly, had a great dome on top, and were extremely moist! I also used coconut oil in place of butter and am very pleased with the final product. Thanks for another great recipe! 

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