Last Call for Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins

Despite the first hints of spring in some parts of the country, I'm still in love with the autumnal flavor of pumpkin: slightly sweet, smooth and creamy, but with an unbeatable depth. Plus, canned pumpkin is a nutritious, shelf-stable food available year-round. Tweet this This modified coffee cake recipe — made using white whole-wheat flour and less oil and sugar — makes a delicious treat for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins with Crumble Topping Tweet this

Recipe by Kimberly Suddeath, RDN


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon plus a pinch salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil an 18-cup muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine 1½ cups all-purpose flour, white whole-wheat flour, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  3. In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine oil, eggs, buttermilk and pumpkin puree.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and use a spatula to combine until moistened, without over-mixing batter.
  5. Create crumble topping. Use a whisk to combine remaining ½ cup all-purpose flour, brown sugar and pinch of salt. Then, using your hands (or a pastry blender or fork), cut butter into the bowl to form coarse crumbs.
  6. Pour batter into muffin pans, about halfway full. Sprinkle with crumble topping until muffin cup is about three-quarters full.
  7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool before serving. Makes 18 muffins.
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Kim Suddeath, MS, RDN, LDN, is the founder of Simple Natural Nutrition, an online nutrition consulting practice. She blogs at Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.