Pumpkin muffins recipe

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Pumpkin muffins
  • healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories225 Kcal11%
Sugar3.6 g4%
Fat10.6 g15%
Saturated Fat3.4 g17%
Salt0.37 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein8.9 g18%
Carbohydrates23.4 g9%
Salt0.37 gRow 7 - Cell 2

The perfect way to use up leftover pumpkin, these sweet pumpkin muffins take just 30 minutes to bake.

Just like our pumpkin cupcakes, these pumpkin muffins are packed with pumpkin, making them extra moist. These muffins are also flavoured with other ingredients such as Cheddar, chives, and pumpkin seeds. The perfect packed lunch treat.


  • 275g (10oz) plain flour
  • 1tbsp baking powder
  • 85g (3oz) light spreadable butter, melted
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 100g (3½ oz) reduced-fat mature Cheddar cheese
  • 275g (10oz) peeled and grated pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 2tbsp freshly snipped chives
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml (6floz) semi- skimmed milk
  • 2tbsp pumpkin seeds




  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC (gas mark 5, 375ºF) and line a muffin tin with 10 paper muffin cases.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
  3. Stir the sugar, cheese, pumpkin or butternut squash and chives into the flour mixture and mix well.
  4. In another bowl, beat together the eggs, milk and melted butter and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined - the batter will be lumpy.
  5. Fill the muffin cases, then sprinkle the tops with the pumpkin seeds. Bake for 20-25 mins until risen and firm. They're delicious eaten warm or cold.

Top tips for making pumpkin muffins

This recipe would work just as well with butternut squash. You could also try adding nuts to the mixture including walnuts and almond, which would pair perfectly with the sweetness of the pumpkin.

Find out more about how to use leftover pumpkin with our handy guide.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 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