Mini Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Kids!

by Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
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Here’s a simple and easy recipe for moist healthy pumpkin muffins in mini form that kids absolutely love! It all comes together in one bowl and ready in less than 30 minutes. These dairy-free mini muffins make for a fun and healthy breakfast or snack. I’ll be making them every Fall.

Mini Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Kids! - Moist, dairy-free mini pumpkin muffins made with oil, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, & natural sweetener. Easy to make, healthy & delicious, & the perfect size for little hands. | Beat Bake Eat




If you’re looking for a delicious and easy recipe for mini pumpkin muffins for toddlers and kids, look no further! Not only is this quick and easy, it’s also simple and straightforward too. And it requires very little effort to make from scratch. It calls for basic ingredients, comes together all in one bowl and only takes about 10 minutes to mix together.

I love making these healthy pumpkin muffins for breakfast and snack time.

Mini Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Kids! - Moist, dairy-free mini pumpkin muffins made with oil, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, & natural sweetener. Easy to make, healthy & delicious, & the perfect size for little hands. | Beat Bake Eat

Canned Pumpkin Puree Muffins

These muffins are pumpkin puree muffins. They’re not made with filling so make sure that your can of pumpkin puree says ‘100% pumpkin’. You don’t want to end up using pie filling in this recipe because it’s much sweeter and that would defeat the whole point of these muffins being healthy.




Low Calorie Muffins Under 100 Calories

This recipe has all of the great flavors you love when it comes to pumpkin muffins but without all of the extra calories.

It is completely dairy-free so there’s no butter and no milk, but these muffins are so moist that you won’t miss either of them.

There’s not much sugar in this recipe which is perfect because the muffins are sweet enough for little ones to actually want to eat them but not so much so that they’re bouncing off the walls afterwards!

I went with brown sugar and a little natural liquid sweetener (honey or maple syrup), but for a healthier option use the coconut sugar.

Because these muffins are made with whole wheat flour it bumps up the nutritional value. They are much higher in fiber when compared to white flour muffins and they are also low in calories; 65 to be exact! Additionally, these muffins are low in saturated fat and low in sugar; less than 4 grams per serving!! So you don’t have to worry or feel guilty if your kids have three or four.

This is why I love whole wheat mini muffin recipes.

Not only do they make for a healthy toddler breakfast, they’re great for the lunchbox too. And they’re a lot better and healthier than the snacks and muffins you’ll find at the grocery store, believe me.

You can find more nutrition facts at the bottom of the recipe.

Mini Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Kids! - Moist, dairy-free mini pumpkin muffins made with oil, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, & natural sweetener. Easy to make, healthy & delicious, & the perfect size for little hands. | Beat Bake Eat

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

  • Pumpkin is only about 50 calories per cup. It is so very low in calories because it’s made up of mostly water.
  • It is rich in vitamin A which strengthens the immune system and helps to fight against infections. It is also packed with many other vitamins and minerals as well.
  • Pumpkin is high in vitamin C which helps your body heal faster.
  • And last but not least, it’s a great source of fiber too.

All of these health benefits make these mini pumpkin muffins perfect for kids, toddlers, and even babies!




Because of the sugar, vanilla, and spices, these muffins are packed with flavor. And because of the oil and pumpkin, they’re super soft and moist too.

I opted to spice these with cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Feel free to replace those with pumpkin pie spice but don’t go overboard because you don’t want it to be overwhelming.

This recipe calls for vegetable oil but if you don’t have that on hand you can also use melted coconut oil (which tastes amazing) or any other neutral flavored oil.

If your kids love chocolate you should definitely try these with half a cup of mini chocolate chips mixed in. They’ll think it’s a treat!

Mini Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Kids! - Moist, dairy-free mini pumpkin muffins made with oil, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, & natural sweetener. Easy to make, healthy & delicious, & the perfect size for little hands. | Beat Bake Eat

More Kid-Friendly Healthy Muffin Recipes:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids, so why not make it a clean eating one?

Mini Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Kids! - Moist, dairy-free mini pumpkin muffins made with oil, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, & natural sweetener. Easy to make, healthy & delicious, & the perfect size for little hands. | Beat Bake Eat




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Mini Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Kids! - Moist, dairy-free mini pumpkin muffins made with oil, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, & natural sweetener. Easy to make, healthy & delicious, & the perfect size for little hands. | Beat Bake Eat
Mini Healthy Pumpkin Muffins for Kids!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

Here's a simple and easy recipe for moist healthy pumpkin muffins in mini form that kids absolutely love! It all comes together in one bowl and ready in less than 30 minutes. These dairy-free mini muffins make for a fun and healthy breakfast or snack. I’ll be making them every Fall.

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 24 Mini Muffins
Calories: 65 kcal
Author: Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Spray mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray, or lightly grease with oil, or line with mini muffin liners and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl mix together the pumpkin, sugar, spices, and salt until smooth.

  4. Stir in the honey/maple syrup.

  5. Beat in the oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
  6. Add the flour and baking powder and gently mix until fully incorporated. Do not overmix.
  7. Scoop the batter into the mini muffin pan distributing it evenly among the cups.
  8. Bake for 11 – 12 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few crumbs.
  9. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to cool completely or serve while warm.

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6 comments

Sara Nicole Koekenberg September 5, 2019 - 2:20 pm

These mini muffins look great! Do they freeze well, Crystal?

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Crystal September 5, 2019 - 10:26 pm

Thanks, Sara! I’ve never frozen these before but from my experience almost all muffins freeze well if done properly. Before freezing, make sure that the muffins are fully cooled. Then, place them in a large freezer bag, squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing, and write the date on the bag. Muffins keep for about 2 months but I find that it’s best to eat them within the first 2 – 3 weeks for the best quality.

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Lisa January 14, 2020 - 5:26 pm

Hi Crystal,
What would be the cooking time and temperature if I make these muffins full size instead of mini muffins? I am new to your website, but I tried the 2 bananas, Banana Bread recipe and it was perfect! Looking forward to trying many more of your recipes.

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Crystal January 14, 2020 - 11:53 pm

Hi, Lisa!
Bake them at the same temperature for 18 – 20 minutes. Just a reminder; this amount of batter would only make 6 full-sized muffins, not 12.
I’m really happy you tried my banana bread recipe and I’m so glad that you like it!
Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I look forward to hearing from you again.

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Samantha P October 6, 2020 - 10:14 pm

My toddler is extremely picky and he ate these! Thank you for the great recipe!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat October 8, 2020 - 8:54 pm

You’re very welcome! Figuring out what to feed a picky toddler is hard so I’m glad he enjoyed these. Thank you for the 5-star rating!

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