Pumpkin pecan muffins recipe

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Pumpkin pecan muffins in a basket with pumpkin displayed behind
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  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories248 Kcal12%
Sugar10.5 g12%
Fat12.7 g18%
Saturated Fat1.7 g9%
Salt0.05 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein4.8 g10%
Carbohydrates28.5 g11%
Salt0.05 gRow 7 - Cell 2

These pumpkin pecan muffins are made with sweet pumpkin puree making them extra moist. And earthy pecans, which pair perfectly together.

Unlike our pumpkin muffins recipe, we've used pureed pumpkin in these muffins to make them just a little bit quicker and easier to bake. We've also added some pinch ground cloves along with the pecans to really bring that autumny feeling into the muffins. And while we've kept these pumpkin pecan muffins super basic, you can decorate them using traditional icing for an extra twist of sweetness.


  • 1 egg
  • 175ml semi-skimmed milk or unsweetened soya milk
  • 100g canned pumpkin puree
  • 55ml olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 220g plain flour
  • 75g sugar
  • 75g chopped pecans
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • dash grated nutmeg




  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  2. Line muffin tin with paper muffin cups
  3. Beat egg in medium-sized bowl, then add milk, oil, pumpkin, and vanilla. Stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth.
  4. In a separate large bowl, mix together all remaining dry ingredients.
  5. Add all of the wet mixture to the large bowl of dry ingredients. Fold together gently until the flour mixture is just moistened, ensuring you do not over-mix (over-mixing will cause the muffins to not rise properly). The batter will be lumpy, not smooth.
  6. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling nearly to the top.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean at the centre of a muffin.

Top tips for making pumpkin pecan muffins

If you can't find pumpkin puree, cook 100g of fresh pumpkin on the stove with a bit of water until the mixture is quite pulpy.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies