Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins


Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins are sweet and poppable. The perfect fall treat!


It’s been a slipper-sock kind of day around here!

Dreary, cold, drizzly and COZY. The perfect type of day to stay home, putter around, and bake a big batch of Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins!


I featured these pillowy, cinnamon-sugar-topped pumpkin treats in last week’s Friday Favorites and wow, they did not disappoint. Warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg swirl through a luscious pumpkin batter, and fill the whole house up with the unmistakable scent of Fall as they’re baking.


Warning: These mini muffins are as addicting as they are delicious. After devouring nearly half a dozen (…) I made my Mom stop by after work to take the rest home. Good thing there’s two kinds of fruit in the batter. I’m pretty sure that qualifies them as health food.


Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins

Makes approx 36 mini muffins


Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins are sweet and poppable. The perfect fall treat!


  • 1-3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 of a medium sized banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned plain pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together mashed banana, vegetable oil, brown sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin and skim milk until blended well.
  3. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients in three batches. Do not overmix. Spray a 24 count mini muffin pan with non-stick spray and fill the cups to the top. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. When muffins are cool enough to handle, dunk the tops in the melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar.


Adapted from The Craving Chronicles

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


First pumpkin baking project of the season did NOT disappoint!


I eliminated an egg from the original recipe because, well, I had no eggs and was not about to shower in order to go to the store to get some. Pssht! Can you imagine!?

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I’m glad I didn’t make the trek though, because the addition of a mashed banana in place of it made the muffins SO MOIST and squishy. The crunchy/sweet cinnamon sugar on top was the perfect, yummy contrast!




Several people asked, so I thought I’d share.

1. Ben and I both thought Up All Night was hysterical! I was laughing out loud for, legit, the entire half hour. Maya Rudolph was a bit over the top as Christina Applegate’s Oprah-esque talk show host boss, but other than that I adored it. Great wit and comedic timing by both Christina and Will Arnett. The show’s produced by Lorne Michaels too, so ’nuff said, in my opinion!


2. Lost in Shangri-La was ok. I enjoyed the book as I was reading it, but afterwards I was like…huh. Ok. It’s not a dramatic, war-filled story like Unbroken and Lone Survivor, but it is an interesting non-fiction about several people serving on a military base in present day Papua New Guinea during WWII, who survive a plane crash while out sight-seeing and how they basically live in the jungle as the military tries to figure out how to rescue them. I guess it was just not as dramatic as I was thinking it would be. Sorry, I’m a terrible book reviewer. This is why I cannot join book clubs.

3. Several people commented on the Iowa State University shirt Ben was wearing last night. I thought he was a Hawkeye fan!? you demanded to know! Sleep well, he is. Although he went to ISU for college, and therefore has a ton of ISU t-shirts, he has no emotional ties to their athletic teams for whatever reason. Basically what it comes down to is my beloved husband is a t-shirt whore and never gets rid of them – he still has one from 6th grade that he regularly wears – and this, coupled with the fact that he also never looks at the shirt he’s grabbing, occasionally results in what you saw last night. Regardless, good luck to the ISU’ers tonight – ESPN2 –> exciting!


Good story.

Aaaand I think it’s time for me to go. Have a GREAT night everyone!

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  1. I’ve just convinced my Hubs to bake me those muffins. I will afterwards proceed to eat all 36 if they’re not pried from my cold, gripping fists.

    Dinner looked easy, tasty, and quick (my trifecta of necessary recipe descriptors)!

  2. Ohhhh those veggie nachos look soooo good. Why o why do you do this to me???

  3. Gail 09.16.2011

    We both grew up in Iowa and say – supper.

  4. Hannah 09.16.2011

    Those look tasty and “so f******” cute. How hilarious is Will Arnett?! I can’t wait until next week’ show.

  5. anna 09.16.2011

    I go back and forth on dinner vs. supper, but usually dinner! Those muffins look awesome.

  6. jean 09.16.2011

    I love your stories!!! you always make me laugh, and of course your recipes. And I am an Iowa girl misplaced to Kansas so I love to hear about my old stomping grounds. Can’t wait to make the muffins!

  7. Trisha 09.16.2011

    I stopped at the grocery store tonight to pick up essentials for a hearty spaghetti dinner. I also wanted to pick up some pumpkin so I could make those mini-muffins. Buuuut, the grocery store was OUT. OF. PUMPKIN. Can you believe it?! I guess I’ll have to try again tomorrow.
    ‘Up All Night’ was totally hilar. LOVE Christina Applegate & Will Arnett. You’re right, “Ava” was a bit over the top. I LOVED the foul-mouthed parenting going on. I see hubby & I saying “Sh!&, we need to quit swearing in front of the baby.” many times in our future. ;)
    Growing up in a small town in WI, I always said pop & super. Since moving to Madison I have successfully changed to soda & dinner. Hurray!

  8. Those muffins look amazing! :) Little mounds of heaven I’d say!

  9. Kristin from MN 09.16.2011


  10. Martha Brown 09.16.2011

    dinner. and what’s up with him wearing University of Miami every now and then? Go Canes!

  11. i’m from IN, i say dinner…my husband from OH says both…my parents from IN/MI say dinner…but HIS parents from ohio say supper. not sure what conclusion that draws but it is what it is :)

  12. Kristin 09.16.2011

    As soon as I saw the word supper, I said that’s the Midwest talking. I grew up in the Twin Cities, but moved to the Southeast right after college. I say dinner, y’all, soda just to name a few. Midwestern talk is funny to me.

  13. j/k 09.16.2011

    Dinner confuses me, because I think of that more in the terms of lunch (dinner pail – not that anybody uses that term anymore). So I say lunch and supper, because I never know what people mean when they say dinner.

    • Dawn Marie 09.16.2011

      They mean Dinner. Like, the last meal of the day. ;-)

  14. i most definitely say dinner. supper sounds like my grandma!

  15. allison 09.16.2011

    Loved the recipe for lost produce. Whenever it is getting down to it for me I throw everything into an omelette. But that recipe sounds so muc
    h better

  16. LOL – I wondered about that t-shirt too! :) Those muffins look so darn good – as I’ve been on a huge fall/pumpkin kick lately!!

  17. Cheryl 09.16.2011

    It depends on what is on the menu. If we are making a salad with an entree and sides, it is dinner. If it is just soup or maybe a big salad or pasta carbonara, etc, it is supper.

  18. Jane 09.16.2011

    I switch back and forth, but usually say dinner, my husband says supper a lot. We say pop here in KS for those who were talking about pop/soda. It’s funny, whenever anyone comments on Ben’s shirt, I have to scroll up and see what they are referring to. I NEVER notice his shirts. But I do notice your outfits, you are always dressed so cute! I made really good pumpkin/spice cake mix muffins the other day! So good!! :D

  19. jennyv 09.16.2011

    SUPPER… only b/c we had Sunday “dinner” at noon… always a big roast, potatoes, the works!

    To this day, if I slip and say “dinner” for “supper” my mom becomes terribly confused about what meal I’m talking about. Side note, my mom never calls appetizers “appetizers” — they are always hors d’oeuvres! I think it’s kind of cute really.

  20. Oooookay, that makes sense to me now! :) He’s gotta root for the Cyclones a little bit, right? Right?!

  21. Mac 09.16.2011

    I wish my day wouldn’t have been so crazy or else I would have had a slippery-sock day too! My toes were freezing all day long from the cold weather… brr! Muffins look great!

  22. Dawn Marie 09.16.2011

    Dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    There is also late lunch.. which is linner. JK

  23. Elizabeth 09.16.2011

    I totally was going to ask about that t-shirt too! Go Hawks! The muffins look delish. I just stocked up and bought 4 cans of pumpkin today at the store. I may have to hoard in fear of another shortage!

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  25. Mer @mersworld 09.17.2011

    Last night when I got home and read your post on the muffins, I was half tempted to go rummaging through my pantry to see if I had all the ingredients to make them right then and there! What a great fall food! Thanks for the post!

  26. Teresa 09.17.2011

    My husband also has way too many T-shirts. I’m convinced that he actually has more clothes in his closet than I do, because he never throws anything out. My mom is the same way. Last time I came home for a visit, she had two giant Rubbermaid bins full of blue jeans that she was finally giving to Goodwill. Some of the jeans even had the tags on them!

  27. Becki 09.17.2011

    Greetings from Canada! Anxious to try your muffin recipe. Was raised in the country (corn country, like you Iowans), so our family used to say that you serve breakfast in the morning, dinner at noon and supper at night. Lunch is something you serve at funerals! Ha! Gotta love the farmers! thanks again for sharing. :D

  28. Afton 09.17.2011

    You should try a box of the Pumpkin mix from Trader Joes. And yay go Iowa State! I’m a 2008 grad. :) I’m so excited that we won last night. Good luck to your Hawkeyes today- should be a good game!

  29. Rachel 09.17.2011

    Is it 3/4 cup of flour? The original has 1 3/4, just wondering if you were able to reduce it or if that was just a typo. They look awesome!


  30. Danielle 09.17.2011

    I used 3/4 cup flour and they are flat. Should this be 1 3/4 cup?

  31. MOM 09.17.2011

    The pumpkin balls were amazing, so moist and as addicting as you said they were! Unfortunately the idea about taking them to the tailgait today didn’t work as the container didn’t seem to have enough this morning to share :/

  32. Barb 09.18.2011

    Haha, had to share this, made the muffins yesterday, and mine looked NOTHING like yours. They kinda resembled mini pumpkin pies, and I could not figure out why. They were still delicious, but it was weird. Oops, kinda missed the 1 in front of the 3/4 flour! Talk about moist :)

  33. Sarah 09.19.2011

    Hi Kristen!

    Love, love your blog and recipes! You even inspired me to get a doughnut pan! I saw those delicous pumpkin muffins and need to make those soon….was wondering, do you think the recipe would work in the doughnut pan?? “Heathlyish” Pumpkin doughnuts sound devine! Thanks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.19.2011

      Yep! I actually used the batter to make several doughnuts – they were great! :)

  34. Erin 09.19.2011

    Love these muffins!

  35. Erin 09.19.2011

    P.S. I say dinner

  36. Yummy! I just made pumpkin banana bread the other day and it was delish! (http://semihealthnut.blogspot.com/2011/08/banana-pumpkin-breadfall-is-sooner-than.html) I suppose I could just make em into cupcake form but these look super good too!

    And I’m pretty sure those veggie nachos will go on my “to make” list. :-) Thanks for sharing!!

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  43. robin s 10.14.2014

    don’t understand muffin receipe statement (mix in 3 batches_ do you separate the wet into 3/the dry into 3 and then mix them each making 3 batches?

    • Kristin 10.20.2014

      Hey Robin! It means add 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the bowl at a time then mix until just combined, vs adding all the dry ingredients at once.

  44. Tina 10.25.2014

    What are the portions of ingredients for the veggie nachos. They look and sound delicious. Anticipating company soon to enjoy them with me!

  45. Nikki 12.17.2014

    Yuuum! Just made these, and they turned out perfectly. Thank you!

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