Make Ahead

Best-Ever Pumpkin Spice Muffins

October  5, 2020
2 Ratings
Photo by Theresa Lemieux
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Makes 12
Author Notes

This recipe has been refined over 15 years to come up with the most tender, flavourful, irresistible pumpkin muffin ever. The almond flour keeps it moist for days. —Theresa Lemieux

What You'll Need
  • Pumpkin Muffin Batter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cups almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoons ginger
  • ¼ teaspoons ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoons allspice
  • ¼ teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1⁄3 cups vegetable oil
  • ¼ cups orange juice
  • Spiced Sugar Topping
  • ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoons ginger
  • ¼ teaspoons allspice
  • ¼ teaspoons ground cloves
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)
  2. Place flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and stir until well mixed.
  3. Place spices and brown sugar in a bowl; add eggs and orange juice beat until smooth. Stir in canned pumpkin and oil.
  4. Stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until just combined.
  5. Stir together topping ingredients until well mixed. Spoon a little on top of each muffin, or spread equally over the loaf.
  6. For muffins, place cupcake liners in a muffin tin. Divide batter equally and top with sugar-spice mixture. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. For a loaf, line a loaf pan with parchment paper and fill with mixture, then add topping evenly across the top. Bake on middle rack of oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick (or spaghetti!) inserted in centre comes out clean. Let pan cool on rack for 15 minutes; turn loaf out and let cool completely.

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5 Reviews

Andrea September 26, 2022
You’re not kidding when you say best ever! I have been baking over 45 years, and I have never made anything more delicious.
Theresa L. September 26, 2022
Thank you so kindly!
melinda November 13, 2021
This recipe appears to have a mistake. 2 sets of baking powder/soda listed. I went with one and hopefully it will turn out ok!
Andrea September 26, 2022
That’s not a mistake! They both do different things and many recipes call for both. Try it with both next time!
Jeremy October 22, 2022
The recipe says to add 2 teaspoons of baking powder two times for a total of 4 teaspoons. Plus baking soda twice