Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe with a Surprising Ingredient

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You’ll never guess the secret ingredient of these impossibly light and fluffy pumpkin muffins…prunes! You might ask, “How could muffins made with whole wheat flour, pumpkin, and PRUNES be fluffy forcryingoutloud?!” Well, you would not be the first to question this. But trust me. You will be amazed and delighted by this fluffy pumpkin muffins recipe!

Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

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Not a fan of prunes? Me neither. But when you chop them up and mix them into this batter, something magical happens and they practically melt in your mouth when the muffins are cooked. Please, for the love of all things autumnal, try it. It’s magic.(If you’re still not convinced, you could try adding dried cherries or cranberries, or bits of candied ginger instead.)

My kids love these so much that they beg for them as soon as the leaves start to turn. These fluffy pumpkin muffins are perfect for a fall coffee with your work colleagues or your lady friends. Or a bake sale. Or just a lovely weekend morning at home.

They are so easy to make, too! You can have them ready in 30 minutes from the time you open your pantry door to pull out the flour, to the time you pull these babies out of the oven. Then your whole house smell like…well… delicious fluffy pumpkin muffins!

Fluffy pumpkin muffins ingredients

Fluffy pumpkin muffins ingredients (Photo credit: Paige Conner Totaro)

Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spray muffin tins with butter-flavored cooking spray, grease the pan with butter, or use fall-themed muffin tin liners.

Cream together:

  • 8 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

In a separate bowl, mix together:

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1. 5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Add dry ingredients to the wet ones and add:

  • 3/4 cup prunes chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

Mix just until all of the flour is incorporated. Be careful not to over-mix the batter, which will make for heavier muffins. Remember, we’re going for fluffy!

Use a 1/3 Cup measuring cup to spoon the batter into the muffin tins.

Sprinkle with ginger sugar or demerara sugar or finely chopped crystallized ginger if you want a crunchy topping on your muffin. There’s nothing wrong with a little crunch!

Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out dry. Cool for 5-10 minutes on a rack and eat them warm with butter or apple butter. Smile and congratulate yourself for mastering fall.

Fluffy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Warm up this fall with a fluffy pumpkin muffin and a warm cuppa (Photo credit: Paige Conner Totaro)

I adapted this recipe from one in the Fannie Farmer Baking Book, which is one of my favorite resources for basic baking recipes.

Will you be baking up a batch of fluffy pumpkin muffins this fall? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Paige Conner Totaro, The Startup Travel Mama

Paige Conner Totaro likes to help make dreams come true, whether helping people start businesses or helping people plan the trip of a lifetime. She made her own dream come true by taking a trip around the world with her husband and twin daughters in 2012 and is always planning the next adventure in travel or business (or both). Paige was a founder of Misra Records and Unquote Travel, a founding board member of the arts organization, Transformer, in Washington, DC; and a longtime board member and director of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Paige is a fan of Scandinavian design, Ethiopian food, Arab hospitality, Japanese vintage stores, Brazilian music and Thai beaches, but also American craft beer, garage rock and roller derby. Can you see why her travel company is called All Over the Map? Connect with Paige on Instagram at @alloverthemap.

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    OMG, these sound so good! I love everything pumpkin, especially at this time of year.

  2. Rach Ferrucci says

    These sounds so delicious. I love pumpkin muffins in the fall and it looks easy to make

  3. These look amazing! I haven’t baked in forever – I’m pinning for later!

    • Paige Conner Totaro, The Startup Travel Mama says

      This is a great one for your comeback to baking. Easy to make, easy to clean up, makes your house smell wonderful, and (don’t tell the kids) they are full of whole grains and vitamins!

  4. Kelly Hutchinson says

    My husband and daughter love anything with pumpkin flavors. I had no idea you could use prunes to a recipe and have it come out so delicious! Great to know!

    • Paige Conner Totaro, The Startup Travel Mama says

      I tried the recipe with dried cranberries instead of prunes recently, and my daughters said they preferred the prune version!

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

    I love pumpkin in the fall! These pumpkin muffins sound really yummy, what a perfect treat.

  6. Chavonne H says

    I like when my baked good like muffins are fluffy. This is a perfect recipe for fall, yummy pumpkin flavor.

  7. Oh yum! I can’t wait to do some baking with pumpkin. I feel like these would be so good with breakfast!

    • Paige Conner Totaro says

      I love them for breakfast with coffee. I set one on top of my toaster to warm it up, then have it with some nice Irish butter. I may go have one right now!

  8. Our Family World says

    oh my goodness! I’m craving for this one, my kids would love it too.

    • Paige Conner Totaro says

      If they are anything like my kids, they will. I haven’t tried making them with a streusel on top, but I’ll bet that would be good.

  9. Toni | BoulderLocavore.com says

    I can’t wait to try this! My kids love fluffy muffins! They will surely love this!

  10. I can’t wait to get baking with this pumpkin recipe! It looks so DELISH and not too hard to recreate and your end product looks delectable!

  11. Reesa Lewandowski says

    These are a great fall snack! I love anything pumpkin!

    • Paige Conner Totaro says

      I don’t think I can say the same, but I definitely love these muffins. Even after baking three batches to prepare for this article!

  12. Louise Bishop says

    The two most perfect words together….fluffy and pumpkin. These look divine!

  13. Foodie Finds Home says

    I had planned on making muffins tonight anyway, so I’m going to make these since I have the ingredients on hand. They sound so absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to eat them!

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