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Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

A silver muffin tin with six Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins in the tin, along with an two artificial pumpkins to the left of the muffin tin, an orange towel under the muffin tin, and cinnamon sticks to the right of the muffin tin. Everything is sitting on a wood backdrop.

 

Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

It’s pumpkin season and what better way to celebrate my very favorite time of the year than by sharing this recipe for Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins!

Fall time has always been a special time of the year for me, maybe because I’m an October baby or maybe because I just love the togetherness of family during the slower fall and winter months. I love plaid, pumpkin, lattes, leaves, boots, scarves, and generally all things fall and Pumpkin Spice. Yes, I am one of THOSE people, and I make no apologies! πŸ˜‰

Ever since I was a child, fall time has always been my favorite time of the year, due in part to the delicious baked goods in abundance, (especially pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins) during the autumn season.


I grew up attending a small, community church and each year, usually just as the weather started to cool somewhat, a sweet little lady in the church would start to bake Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Muffins and would sell them to buy Christmas gifts for her grandchildren later in the year. We always bought pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins from her because she always had the very best!

One quirky thing about her pumpkin bread was that no matter how many loaves you purchased, you could always count on finding ONE piece of an eggshell in each loaf. It was only one little eggshell piece and you never knew who would end up with the slice of pumpkin bread containing the eggshell, but you could bet money that there WOULD be an eggshell in the pumpkin bread. We used to try to predict who would end up with the slice of pumpkin bread containing the eggshell. haha!

 

 

A hand holding a Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffin with a muffin tin filled with muffins in the background along with two artificial pumpkins, some cinnamon sticks, an orange towel and a wood backdrop.

 

 

Egg Free Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins are every bit as delicious as her famous Pumpkin Bread was, but I can guarantee that you won’t find any eggshells in these Pumpkin Muffins, why am I so confident? Well, because these Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins only have THREE ingredients, and they are completely egg-free! Yep, you heard me right! These Egg and Dairy Free Pumpkin Muffins are fluffy, delicious, soft, moist, and so simple and easy to make!

The smell of pumpkin spice muffins always takes me back to my visits to the Pumpkin Patch each fall with my school group. We always went to the Pumpkin Patch for a field trip and it was the highlight of my year, going through the corn maze, climbing over the tops of the hay bales, and picking my very own pumpkin.

Now that I have a child of my own, I have made it a tradition for our family to visit our local Pumpkin Patch every year and I can already tell my son is loving it as much as I did as a child. It’s so fun to start new traditions with him and re-live some favorite childhood memories!

 

 

A silver muffin tin with six Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins in the tin, along with an two artificial pumpkins to the left of the muffin tin, an orange towel under the muffin tin, and cinnamon sticks to the right of the muffin tin. Everything is sitting on a wood backdrop.

 

 

Ingredients for these Easy Pumpkin Muffins

With autumn just around the corner and the stores already decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving, I felt like it was the perfect time to share my Easy Pumpkin Muffin recipe with you so that you can whip up a batch of these and have your house smelling like Fall time.

Start out with one, 15 ounce can of 100% pure pumpkin puree (no seasonings, just the pure pumpkin), 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce, and 1 box of Spice Cake Mix. I prefer to use Betty Crocker or Pillsbury boxed cake mixes because I find that they are the most moist and flavorful (and also the closest tasting to homemade I have found) but you can use any brand of boxed spice cake mix you prefer.

Lastly, grab a muffin pan and line it with silicone muffin liners. If you are using a half dozen muffin pan like I did, you will need to make two batches since this pumpkin spice muffin recipe yields 12 pumpkin muffins.

 

 

A regular sized can of pumpkin puree, a jar of unsweetened applesauce, a box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Spice Cake Mix, and a half dozen silver muffin tin with six multicolored silicone muffin liners in the tin.

 

How to keep your Pumpkin Muffins from sticking

Let me give you a pro tip when it comes to making these pumpkin muffins; first, you can find this exact muffin pan I’m using below, at Walmart for only $o.88 (yes, I typed that correctly!) and it bakes so well and evenly! I will definitely be buying more because it bakes better than some of my more expensive muffin pans!

My second Pumpkin Muffin baking tip is to use silicone liners (these muffins tend to stick in paper liners so I don’t recommend them at all) and spray your silicone liners with nonstick cooking spray before adding your batter, otherwise the batter will stick.

 

 

A silver, half dozen muffin tin with green, purple, red and blue silicone muffin liners in the tin.

 

 

Step by step instructions on how to make Easy Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Now that we have the muffin pan lined with silicone muffin liners and the liners sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, empty your entire box of Spice Cake mix into a medium/large sized mixing bowl.

When my mom baked growing up, emptying the cake mix into the bowl was always my job and I took it very seriously, although I would usually still end up coated in powdery cake mix.

To this day, no matter how careful I am, I always end up with a light dusting of cake mix all over me!

 

 

A clear glass bowl with Spice Cake Mix in the bowl, the box of Spice Cake Mix behind the bowl, and the silver muffin tin with silicone muffin liners in it to the left of the bowl.

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Cake Muffins

After you’ve emptied the Spice Cake mix into your mixing bowl, add in the 15 ounce can of 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree.

Be sure you are using pure pumpkin puree (the ingredients should just be pureed pumpkin) and not Pumpkin Pie filling since the Pumpkin Pie filling will have spices and seasonings in it.

Your Spice Cake mix will provide all of the spices and seasonings you will need for this recipe.

 

 

A clear glass bowl with Spice Cake Mix and pumpkin puree in the bowl, the box of Spice Cake Mix behind the bowl, and the silver muffin tin with silicone muffin liners in it to the left of the bowl.

 

 

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Stir the pureed pumpkin and the Spice Cake mix until both ingredients are well combined and completely smooth.

It will seem like you don’t have enough liquid in this batter at first, because the batter will be very thick; but don’t worry because we will be adding some unsweetened applesauce in the next step to fix that.

Remember how I said there are no eggs in these Pumpkin Muffins? The unsweetened applesauce acts as the “egg” substitute, giving this pumpkin muffin batter just the extra liquid it needs to be just right.

 

 

A clear, glass bowl with Spice Cake Mix and Pumpkin Puree stirred together with a jar of unsweetened apple sauce to the left of the bowl and the Spice Cake Mix box behind and to the right of the bowl.

 

Pumpkin Muffin Batter

I know you’ve been waiting (and stirring like a crazy ninja) so go ahead and add in that 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce to your muffin batter, then stir until it is well combined with the other ingredients.

If you want a little extra spice and sweetness, you can always sub in Cinnamon Applesauce for the Unsweetened Applesauce, but I feel that the Spice Cake mix gives these Easy Pumpkin Muffins all they need in the sweetness and spice category.

 

 

A clear, glass bowl with Spice Cake Mix, Pumpkin Puree, and unsweetened apple sauce stirred together with a silver, half dozen muffin tin full of silicone muffin liners to the left of the bowl and the Spice Cake Mix box behind and to the right of the bowl.

 

 

How to prepare Pumpkin Muffins for baking

Go ahead and set your oven temperature to 350F and allow it to preheat while you fill your muffin tin with the Pumpkin Muffin batter.

You’ve got your muffin tin lined with silicone muffin liners, you’ve sprayed the muffin liners with nonstick cooking spray, so now all that’s left is to fill those liners up with pumpkin muffin batter!

I used a tablespoon to scoop the batter into my muffin liners and I just went ahead and filled the liners to the top.

 

 

A silver, half dozen muffin tin with six silicone muffin liners filled with Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins in the pan.

 

 

How to bake Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Place your muffin tin into the oven and allow your pumpkin muffins to cook on 350F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean.

If you have a somewhat wonky oven (like I do) you may need to adjust the cooking time down or up slightly or even adjust the temperature to 325F.

 

 

A silver, half dozen muffin tin in the oven filled with silicone muffin liners and Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffin batter in the silicone muffin liners.

 

 

Now you have the Best Ever Pumpkin Muffins

Once you’ve did the “toothpick check” on your muffins and the toothpick has come out clean with no hint of wet, muffin batter on it, remove your muffins from the oven and then carefully remove the muffins from the muffin pan.

I have pretty burn-proof fingertips from all of the cooking I’ve done over the years, so I just played Hot Potato with these muffins and grabbed them out of the muffin pan quickly with my fingers.

If your fingers don’t also serve as oven mitts, try using a spoon to leverage the pumpkin muffin out of the muffin tin and gently place it on a baking rack.

 

 

A silver half dozen muffin tin with six, cooked, Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins in the muffin tin.

 

 

Simple Pumpkin Muffins ready to eat

I know you’re just dying to tear into these Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins, but please wait until they are completely cooled before removing them from the silicon muffin liner, otherwise, you may have a crumbly mess on your hands.

After cooking these muffins, I made the mistake of being over-eager to eat my pumpkin muffin and attempted to remove the muffin liner before the muffin had time to cool – bad idea!

Sad to say, I was left holding the top of the muffin while the bottom half stared back up at me sullenly from the muffin liner. Take my advice and just let these little treats cool off first!

 

 

A silver muffin tin with six Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins in the tin, along with an two artificial pumpkins to the left of the muffin tin, an orange towel under the muffin tin, and cinnamon sticks to the right of the muffin tin. Everything is sitting on a wood backdrop.

 

 

Share these Skinny Pumpkin Muffins with a friend!

If you’re looking to brighten someone’s day, add a little pumpkin spice in their life! These Pumpkin Muffins make great little gifts or treats to bring to a party, so have fun with them!

For all of my fellow coffee lovers out there (can I hear a holla back, Fam?!) these easy muffins pair amazingly well with a hot latte and would make the perfect breakfast or brunch muffin to serve this fall and winter.

 

 

Three pumpkin muffins sitting on a gray plate with two artificial pumpkins in the back ground, an orange towel under the plate, and some cinnamon sticks place to the top right of the plate. Everything is sitting on a board backdrop.

 

How to store these Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These Pumpkin muffins can be stored at room temperature for up to 48 hours but will stay freshest in the fridge for up to 7 days.

If you have extra pumpkin muffins left over, you can wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil and place them in a freezer friendly ziploc bag.

These pumpkin muffins can be frozen for up to three months and will taste fresh and delicious when set out at room temperature or in the fridge to thaw.

May you have all of the Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Pumpkin lattes, and Pumpkin Pie your heart can hold this fall season, and may the winds of autumn forever be in your favor. πŸ˜‰

Thank you for joining me today in making these Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins and please do come back soon!

-Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins are fast and easy with all of the wonderful flavors of Pumpkin Spice in a muffin.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Pumpkin Muffins, Easy Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix any brand
  • 15 oz 100% Puree Pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 

  2. Combine all three ingredients in a large glass bowl and stir until all ingredients are fully combined and no lumps remain.

  3. Line a muffin tin with silicone muffin liners and spray the liners with nonstick cooking spray.

  4. If using a half dozen muffin tin you will need to make two batches since this recipe yield is 12 muffins.

  5. Spoon the pumpkin muffin batter into the silicone muffin liners, filling them just to the top.

  6. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  7. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you have extra pumpkin muffins left over, you can wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil and place them in a freezer friendly ziploc bag.

These pumpkin muffins can be frozen for up to three months and will taste fresh and delicious when set out at room temperature or in the fridge to thaw.Β 

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    Melissa Griffiths
    August 23, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I love using cake mix as a starter for muffins – these look beautiful!

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      Amy - The Speedy Spatula
      August 23, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you Melissa!
      I think cake mix muffins are my favorite because they’re just so simple and easy!

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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    August 27, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    You’ve made this look so easy to make – and they look so tempting! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – have a fabulous week!

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    Miz Helen
    August 27, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    What a great muffin, I will sure be giving these a try! Hope you are having a good week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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    August 29, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I found these on Meal Plan Monday on Southern Plate. Shared on Pinterest and Facebook. Gonna make some soon.

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