Super Soft 100% Whole Wheat Apple-Pumpkin Muffins

Though I’m not ready for Christmas to be dripping from the ceilings of every department store (yea, I’m talking to you, Hobby Lobby), I am definitely ready for some fall baking! I mean, at least while it’s still scorching here in Austin I can pretend with a delicious mix of pumpkin, cinnamon, apple and nutmeg that cooler days are close…

Every morning on my walk with our pup, I daydream about brisker days and all the delicious baked goodies that my oven will be churning out. The summer sun hasn’t stopped me from enjoying these amazing muffins, though. These babies are the most mouthwatering morning treat to hit my kitchen lately! They’re chockfull of spicy aromas and are pretty sinless at just over 200 calories a piece. Not to mention easy to bake, freeze, and tote with you to the office for a homemade breakfast or snack on the go!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my Austin home and the great life we have here! But hey, a girl deserves to mentally transport herself once in a while. Sinking my teeth into one of these warm pumpkin muffins takes me to a cozy New England cottage with a crackling fireplace and creaky wood floors – just like where we spent the end of last September. Gives me the warm fuzzies… or maybe that’s just the lint stuck to my shorts. Wait… shorts?! Ugh, we’re still a long way off yet.

Even if you’re not feeling the fall spirit yet, I know you’ll love these luscious, super-soft whole wheat muffins as much as my hubby and I do. All it takes is one bowl and a little patience after they come out of the oven. Slice one in half, slather on a little butter and enjoy this terrific morning treat for yourself!

Here’s to a delicious start to the week with something simple, scrumptious, and just plain wonderful. These muffins have become a big favorite in my house, and I bet after one bite you’ll see why!

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Super Soft 100% Whole Wheat Apple-Pumpkin Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. allspice)
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (two 4-oz. cups)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together whole wheat flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and add eggs, pumpkin, applesauce and oil. Mix just until the dry ingredients are absorbed. Fill muffin cups to the top with batter. Sprinkle with chopped pecans or walnuts.*

Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan before removing from cups.

Enjoy!

TIPS

You can also add the chopped nuts into the batter after mixing all other ingredients, instead of sprinkling on top.

To freeze: Place muffins in a re-sealable plastic bag or airtight container, then freeze up to 3 months. Let muffins defrost at room temperature or reheat one in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.

Calories: 184 | Fat: 10g | Carbs: 20g | Protein: 3g | Sugar: 7g

Adapted from Stick a Fork In It

      

66 Responses to “Super Soft 100% Whole Wheat Apple-Pumpkin Muffins”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 19, 2013 @ 12:48 am

    I’m not ready for fall but I adore fall flavors so these muffins are a winner!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 19, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    Beautiful apple pumpkin muffins, girl! Such pretty and festive styling with lovely fall colors, too. I’m with you…I adore fall. Cannot wait to start baking for fall and winter. And, I look forward to baking these babies soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 19, 2013 @ 1:13 am

    Gorgeous muffins. I love the whole-wheat touch too!

    And I am so not ready for Christmas either! Time has just been flying by!

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    ThisBakerGirlBlogs — August 19, 2013 @ 3:29 am

    They look gorgeous. Fall is my favourite season, not least of all because of all the delicious bakes that come with it :)

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    Ashley — August 19, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    With the exception of summer produce, I am definitely ready for fall! Now you have me wanting it to come even faster! Love that you used whole wheat flour in these – they look delicious!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 19, 2013 @ 5:29 am

    Beautiful muffins Georgia :) Fall is my favorite season (well, it’s a toss up between that and summer) but I just love waking up to pumpkin first thing in the morning. Pinning these beauties – they are a must try!

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — August 19, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    Back up. You’re telling me that Hobby Lobby is already Christmas-ed out?! I mean, it isn’t even Halloween yet! I’m having issue with the fact that stores are starting to tout their Halloween candy stash… I can’t possibly handle Christmas yet. But fall baking, I can get on board with any time of year. Especially when it comes in fantastic muffin form! :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 19, 2013 @ 6:21 am

    Fall is definitely coming! And these muffins are fabulous!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 19, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    These look amazing, Georgia! I’m with you on being ready for fall! We had a few days of a “cool front” (read: not 100+ degrees) here in Dallas this weekend and it was glorious!

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    Kathryn — August 19, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    I’ve been trying to hold onto summer for as long as possible but maybe it’s time to give in and embrace fall baking?! These muffins look wonderful!

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    Tieghan — August 19, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    Pumpkin first thing is the morning is my favorite thing. I have to admit that I use pumpkin all year round, so no matter what season I am always using pumpkin! These are gorgeous and I love everything about them!

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    Eileen — August 19, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Pumpkin and apples -ahh… Like you, I’m also ready to turn out a few fall treats using apples and pumpkins. Fall is my favorite season but I’d love to skip the long, never-ending winter we see here in the North. Your muffins look like something out of Better Homes & Garden magazine, only better Georgia! I’m saving the recipe :)

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    Alyssa Longobucco — August 19, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I love making a big batch of muffins and having them for breakfasts throughout the week. This seem like these perfect way to ring in fall (I’m SO ready).

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    Jeanette — August 19, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    I can just about smell those pumpkin muffins Georgia!

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    carrian — August 19, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    oh my gosh, I soooo need these!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 19, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    These muffins look like the perfect way to start the morning!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 19, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Christmas already? It’s August! That sort of thing drives me nuts.

    However, if that gets me pumpkin and apple muffins, I’ll reconsider.

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    Eat Good 4 Life — August 19, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    These look terrific. I have a baking list for this coming fall but none using pumpkin. I shall try these because they are right up my alley :-)

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — August 19, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    These look like the most perfect, fluffy muffins! I’m ready for fall baking, too, believe me. It’s my favorite time of year. These are going on my pinboard to try ASAP. Love the whole wheat flour and all those lovely flavors!

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    JulieD — August 19, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    These look so good, Georgia!! Reminds me of Fall…I can’t believe it’s almost here!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 19, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I am totally getting into the fall spirit, and especially the fall baking spirit. These muffins sound and look to die for. Definitely a good way to ring in the new season!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 19, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    So pretty! I love that it is almost pumpkin season. Pumpkin muffins have to be one of my favorites!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — August 19, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    love these! i’m making pumpkin soup tonight because i miss pumpkin and fall so much. can’t wait for it to get here!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — August 19, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    I am ready for scarves, hot chocolate, and everything pumpkin/cinnamon/apples. good bye Dallas heat. please go. On a side note, making these muffins might help things get started :)

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    Louanne — August 19, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    I love everything pumpkin and am going to try these this week for sure. I am like you pretending that it’s not still in the 90’s in North Texas.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 19, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Pumpkin season arrives! These muffins look scrumptious!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — August 19, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    This sounds amazing Geogia! I love the idea of combining pumpkin and apple together. Will be putting this one on my to-bake list. YUM! :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 19, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, Georgia!! I can’t wait for Fall..and I can’t wait to make a batch of these to devour :)

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — August 19, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    The soft and super spongy textures shows through your pictures and it is definitely going in my board..

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — August 19, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Gorgeous shots, Georgia! These are the perfect way to start off Fall!

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    Melissa — August 19, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    I have an apple cookie recipe I love to make in the fall- these look like a step up in the right direction (health wise!) Fall baking is the best; thanks for inspiring me. (and beautiful pictures).

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    Ramona — August 20, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    I would definitely indulge in these without an ounce of guilt. Love all the healthy ingredients…. what a treat. :)

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 20, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    There’s nothing wrong with pretending. Surprisingly, the weather has been cooler here in Baltimore. Usually, it’s hot and humid and my hair is a wreck. I’m ready to fall and everything that comes with it. I made pumpkin cheesecake popsicles last night. I just couldn’t help myself. These muffins look scrumptious.

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    cquek — August 20, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Definitely making these next weekend!

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    Jaclyn — August 20, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    The best part of fall – the pumpkin and apple baked goods :). These look so good!

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    val — August 20, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    Wow – healthy and delicious.

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    Paula — August 20, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    Goodness! These look amazing. Hard to do but you have me almost wishing for the cooler Fall weather and all the lovely scents of that season.

    (Bob is beautiful BTW)

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 20, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    Beautiful! Even though I’m enjoying a mild August in DC, I can’t help but look forward to the changing of the leaves and fall foods–particularly pumpkin, cinnamon, and stews and braises. Nothing beats it, in my opinion.

    Can’t wait to try these!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — August 21, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Okay, these might convince me that maaaaybe the fact that fall is right around the corner isn’t totally a bad thing. :) I love pumpkin!

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    Bill — August 21, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    We’ve been having some fall like weather in Atlanta the last couple of weeks. This recipe makes me start looking forward to fall flavors. These muffins are definintely going on my to do list! Awesome post and as always your photos are beautiful!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — August 21, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    It’s hot and muggy here in Carolina but these give me hope that there are better days around the corner. They look wonderful Georgia!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 21, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    These look amazing! I wish I had a few around to snack on right now – YUM!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 21, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    I love these!! I am SO ready for the Fall. Bring on cooler weather and more muffins!

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    Patty — August 21, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    Your muffins are going a long way to inspire me for my fall baking-I know it’s fun to plan for holiday baking which has to be a bakers favorite time of year ;) I’ve pinned these and hope to make a batch on one of the cooler days ahead ;)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 21, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    I’m so ready for fall baking too!! These look scrumptious! It’s time to pull out the pumpkin!!

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    Sandie@afoodieaffair.com — August 22, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Gorgeous muffins! I know what you mean about Fall and Hobby Lobby! Love that place!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — August 22, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    These muffins make me wish fall would hurry up and get here already.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 22, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    This is a nice start of fall baking! I start to feel the weather is more fall-ish than summer around here. I hope to enjoy baking this fall! I love your apple and pumpkin muffins. They look so yummy and nice reminder that fall is just around the corner. :)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 22, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    Fall is my favorite time of the year so I’ve been starting early with making fresh pumpkin puree and throwing it in dessert and savory dishes. This post makes me so happy to see both pumpkins and apples – it’s a fall explosion of goodness!

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    Claire Gallam — August 22, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!! I NEED THEM!!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — August 22, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    Pumpkin muffins are my ultimate favorite – love the whole wheat in these! Just beautiful, Georgia – pinned! I’m making these soon!

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    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — August 23, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Ah I love anything with pumpkin in it, that’s one reason why I am so excited for the Fall. Cheers to this delish recipe and maybe some pumpkin beer in our future too!

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    katie — August 25, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    mmm these muffins sound amazing! I can’t wait to start cooking all things apple!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — August 26, 2013 @ 1:35 am

    This is definitely tempting me for autumn baking, but I’m still not ready to remove summer from my life :D

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — August 27, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    YES for fall baking! These sound totally delicious, Georgia :)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 30, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    These look sooo good. And you know that I love the whole grain thing! Go, you! :D

    And I hope you get fall weather soon! Fall isn’t really fun when it’s hot.

    Off to share these babies on FB! ;)

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    Ashten — August 30, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    Do you use 2/3 of a 15oz can of pumpkin?

    • Georgia — August 30th, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

      I’m not sure exactly, but you should be able to get 3/4 cup out of the small (15 oz.) can of pumpkin.

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    Luv What You Do — September 4, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    Oh wow! I can’t wait for fall and pumpkin season to officially begin. These look delish! Like the PERFECT texture and everything!

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    Lucy — September 7, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    Oh my gosh, apple and pumpkin sounds like a great combination! I have to try this!

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    Michele West — September 26, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    Today is the 1st cool day of fall we’ve had. These are in the oven now!

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    Katie Perry — September 28, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    This is the second time in two weeks I have made these muffins for my family. They are absolutely delicious. I feel so good serving these to my kids. We put some warm crock pot apple butter on them too sometimes. Thanks so much for this recipe. To others reading this: if you haven’t tried these please do! They are sooo good!

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    Beth — October 25, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    These are really really good! I’ve made them 4 times in the past 2 weeks and every one is asking for the recipe! I just used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.

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    Ashley — October 31, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    These are the BEST whole wheat muffins I’ve ever tasted! & they are super soft! I just started baking with whole wheat flour & the results have been nothing to write home about.
    I will definitely be making these again & again!!

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    Amy @ Life to the Full — September 11, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    These sound wonderful. I just threw a batch in the oven!!! So excited to try them :)

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    Tanya — October 4, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Has anyone used stevia as a substitute for the brown sugar?
    Or what would be a good substitute for brown sugar for these?

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