Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Lower calories, but all the holiday flavor
Pumpkin spice muffin

Special occasions and holidays sometimes call for a baked treat and pumpkin is always a hit! These muffins are not only moist and delicious, but they are significantly lower in calories, saturated fat and sugar than their traditional counterparts. Enjoy!

Advertising Policy

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 box instant pumpkin spice pudding


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Paper-line or grease 18 muffin cups
  2. Combine flour, salt, sugar, spices, baking soda, and instant pudding mix in a bowl
  3. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, canola oil and buttermilk. Beat with hand mixer until blended evenly.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture, and stir just until moistened.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Once completely cooled, store muffins in lidded container or sealable plastic bags.

Nutrition information

Makes 18 muffins
Serving size: 1 muffin

Calories: 120
Protein: 3 g
Carbohydrate: 21 g
Dietary fiber: 1 g
Total fat: 4 g
Saturated fat: 0.5 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Sugar: 10 g
Sodium: 160 mg
Cholesterol: 20 mg

Advertising Policy