Pumpkin applesauce muffins are a must, because 'tis the season for pumpkins and applesauce and they play so nice together. And because I can grow both of those items here on our homestead. I may have a slight addiction to trying to grow as much as possible when it comes to an ingredient list, you too? Whew, glad I”m not alone.
I love using seasonal foods to whip up easy from scratch goodies. A kitchen filled with steamy pumpkin, apples, and spice… yeah, it's that time of year.
Pumpkin puree is so easy to make at home. The fastest and easiest way I've ever cooked a pumpkin is in my new favorite homestead kitchen appliance (my pressure canner is plugging its ears right now) is the Instant Pot. Yes, this thing is amazing.
In fact, I will never go with out one. My slow cooker retired to the crafting closet, my rice cooker got kicked to the curb (technically the donation box), and I use this thing at least daily if not multiple times per day… I may ask for a second one for Christmas.
Okay, enough gushing, plop 1 and 1/2 cups of water into your Instant pot, toss the whole pumpkin inside, I knocked off the stem, lock the lid into place, and cook on manual high for 13 minutes. Let it release naturally (aka pressure reduces by cooling off, no quick release).
Dump it onto a plate or into a bowl, it will almost fall apart and you could probably use a butter knife to cut it in half. Let it cool enough so you don't burn your fingers, then scoop out those seeds and innards. Scoop out the lovely cooked pumpkin and toss it into your blender or food processor, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to about 2 cups of chunky pumpkin and blend until smooth.
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Okay, let's get down to baking
Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins w/ Maple Glaze Recipe
When muffins are slightly cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top. Try not to devour all in one sitting.
Other delicious Pumpkin Recipes:
- 8 Ways to Preserve Pumpkin
- How to Make a Pumpkin Roll From Scratch
- Pumpkin Applesauce Cake
- No Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie
- Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Recipe
Pumpkin Applesauce Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar equal amounts Erythritol or Monkfruit work well for sugar free options
- ¾ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil or butter
- 2 cups cooked pumpkin or 15-ounce canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
- 2 cups flour if using fresh ground Spelt increase to 2 and 1/2 cups flour, if using fresh ground Einkorn start with 2 and 3/4 cups flour, if using fresh ground hard or soft wheat decrease to 1 and 1/2 cups + 2 Tablespoons
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips optional
- Maple Glaze
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar I put mine in a mason jar and put the immersion blender to it, voila powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix eggs, sugar, applesauce, oil, and pumpkin. Beat by hand until light and fluffy (or use an electric mixer).
- Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add chocolate chips and stir into pumpkin mixture until combined.
- Fill prepared muffin tins (makes approximately 24 muffins or 18 muffins and one small loaf) and bake muffins for approximately 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
- While muffins are baking, melt butter, combine with maple syrup. Slowly whisk in powdered sugar.
- When muffins are slightly cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top. Try not to devour all in one sitting.
What's your favorite fall muffin? Will these pumpkin applesauce ones be happening in your kitchen?
I’m curious if you can or freeze your pumpkin when you’re done blending it.
You may freeze it (I do this often), you may NOT can pumpkin puree. It’s too thick for even the heat of the pressure canner to get through to safely kill botulism spores. You may can chunks of pumpkin, but never in puree form.
You may can pureed pumpkin. I do it all the time. Many years. Just add dash of water. I’ve been canning for 30 years. No problems. Do need to pressure can it. Put in pints or smaller size jars. Shoud try it sometime. Its so handy and no need to wait for thawing- and you can eat it right out of jar if you like pumpkin that well.
No, you can’t puree pumpkin if you’re following safely tested recipes and don’t want to worry about botulism. Pureed pumpkin is too dense for the heat to penetrate fully to kill botulism spores if their present. I’m glad you haven’t had any illness from it but I’m not willing to take that gamble with my family or recommend it to anyone else.
I finally received my Hand Made book yesterday! Reading about using potato water to make things reminded me of my mother. She always saved her potato water for breads etc. I sure do miss her! But I have her to thank for the love of cooking and canning. Treasure yours while you have them close.
is there a substitute for the flour to make these gluten free?
You could try a mix of almond, coconut, and ground golden flax. I haven’t tried that in this recipe specifically but use it in others. You might need to add extra liquid, you’ll have to play with that.
‘- Do you need to use “pie” pumpkins? Do regular Halloween pumpkins have the right texture?
– Will this recipe work with store bought applesauce?
Pie pumpkins tend be less watery and have a sweeter taste, but you could try Jack O’Lantern in it. Yes, store bought applesauce will work just fine.
Looks so good. Can’t wait to try this.
I am curious what variety of pumpkin you grow for pie? I grew “Cinderella” variety this year and am hoping it will be good. I’ll find out soon! I also love the tip on using the IP for making pumpkin puree…definitely trying that!
I’ve been growing sugar pie pumpkins the past few years. And the IP tip works so great!
These looked so delicious that I wanted to print them but can’t get rid of the Facebook/Pinterest/email pins gah! What am I doing wrong? The pins are in the middle of the method! Help please. Julie P homesteading in the U.K.!
Julie, thank you so much for the heads up, we just got it fixed!
Thank you for differentiation of how much of which kinds of flours to use! I just got a pumpkin and have homemade applesauce I’m excited to use! Sadly, I don’t have an instant pot. So I guess I’ll be baking the pumpkin ?
Making these delish looking muffins soon! Thanks!
Can you please provide nutritional information
How could I incorporate some sourdough discard for this recipe? I love a good way to use my discard (also…. your sourdough chocolate bread that I use discard for is to DIE for and alwaysa hit).
Great recipe!! My pumpkins didn’t grow this year but i’ve been substituting banana squash in my pumpkin recipes and it works fantastic, a very similar flavour. My daughter has egg and dairy allergies and using substitutions worked very well. I replaced the eggs with flax eggs (1 tbsp ground flax & 3 tbsp water). Thanks Melissa for another super recipe!
These were so moist and yummy – skipped the glaze and “frosted” with whipped cream cheese! Thank you for sharing!
A soon as I read the recipe I couldn’t wait to make these muffins. They exceeded expectations (and I now have a new favorite glaze 😉 My family and I have a New favorite … Yumm!
Melissa how big a pumpkin/ pumpkins ( by weight ), do you use in your IP? I have a 6qt. Thank you
This is a keeper recipe!! It is so good ! I just made them this morning with my own pumpkin and applesauce. Mine were gf and the rest of the family was regular. Oh so good!! Thx for sharing !!
The muffins stuck to the liner papers. I cut down the sugar by 1/4 cup, since I used sweetened applesauce, and I added a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. They were very tasty, but the stickiness is kind of a turnoff.
Made these yesterday and they were sooo good!! I wasn’t sure about the maple glaze so I just fixed half the glaze amount to glaze half the muffins. Wrong choice, should’ve glazed them all!!! Glaze was so good I was wiping up the drips so I could lick my finger! 🤣 They were super moist too. PI’ll be making these again soon!
Do you have a calorie count for the pumpkin applesauce muffins with maple glaze?
Can I refrigerate the batter for 2-4 days, so that I can bake a dozen today, and a dozen in 3-4 days? I have another muffin recipe that permits that, but I thought I’d better check to make sure about this one.
I’ve never tried that so I don’t know if it will affect the rise or not.
Well, I just ended up baking the whole batch after all.
I just made a batch of these. They taste good, but they really stick to the paper liners. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what have you done to prevent this? I’m thinking I will increase the melted butter in the recipe, to about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup. I wouldn’t mind a richer muffin anyway. Just don’t want to go overboard and make it too oily.
I just made these today. I used avocado oil to in my muffin pans without liners. They popped right out and are so moist. Delish!
I wonder if it had something to do with the paper liners I used. It was a new package, and I don’t know if they are an “off” brand or not. Next time I make muffins, I will try some with the old liners (I discovered that I still have a few that were “hiding,” some with these new liners, and some with oil but no liners. And then see what happens. Thanks for responding to my comment.
The same thing happened to me. Am making them again this afternoon for Thanksgiving breakfast, and am not going to use liners. Am just going to grease the pans.
Oh, and forgot to mention…. These are A-MAZE-ING!! I love them! Shared them with new neighbors, and they called to say they were the best muffins they’d ever had!
These are fast and so delish. Not too sweet. I am however wondering anyone has done a substitute for the eggs?
I was wondering where to find the nutritional information. I am trying to figure out how many Weight watchers points they are per muffin.
Just made this Pumpkin applesauce recipe and put them in 4 mini loaf pans instead of a muffin tin, baked for 40min at 350. They came out perfect! And the taste is phenomenal. Perfect fall snack or breakfast 🤤 I used sprouted spelt.
I haven’t tried these yet – question: will these be less sweet if I don’t use the chocolate chips? Should I add more sugar to compensate?