Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

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These pumpkin cornbread muffins are slightly sweet and moist from the pumpkin! They’re the perfect side to a big bowl of cozy soup or chili. Dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar free and made with whole grains. 

I know there are a few more weeks of warm weather and summer produce ahead but I’m one of those crazy pumpkin people and I’m totally okay with starting the pumpkin fun a little early.

Healthy pumpkin cornbread muffin sliced in hand and laying on a muffin liner and spread with ghee.

I love just about anything with pumpkin in it. From edibles delights like pie, soup, muffins, oatmeal and beer to inedible things like candles and lotions. Pumpkin is such a versatile, healthy ingredient to cook with and I love the spices that are normally paired with it — especially pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and curry.

Stack of 3 healthy pumpkin cornbread muffins.

The pumpkin cornbread muffins I’m sharing today are inspired by my childhood. I grew up eating sweet cornbread, usually straight from the Jiffy box, paired with a pot of slow cooked beans and fried potatoes, a hearty bowl of chili or goulash. Nothing against that cornbread but this version is much better for you (sorry mom!). It’s dairy-free and egg-free, made with whole grains and refined sugar free. It still has that sweetness I like in cornbread, but it’s not overly sweet.

Healthy pumpkin cornbread muffins on a table with a cloth napkin and greenery sprigs. One muffin is sliced and spread with ghee.

I used the new honey flavored Almond Breeze for this recipe for an extra hint of sweetness but you could use the regular unsweetened if you’d like to keep the recipe vegan.

Healthy pumpkin cornbread muffins on a table with a cloth napkin and greenery sprigs. One muffin is sliced and spread with ghee.

Isaac and I gobbled up these muffins rather quickly — one night we paired them with a bowl of soup and the rest were eaten for breakfast or as a snack. I’m particularly fond of cutting them in half, warming them up in the toaster oven for a few minutes and spreading each half with a thin layer of nut butter — so good!

If you try these healthy pumpkin cornbread muffins, be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is super helpful for me and other EBF readers who are planning to try the recipe. 

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

5 from 7 votes
These pumpkin cornbread muffins are slightly sweet and moist from the pumpkin! They're the perfect side to a big bowl of cozy soup or chili. Dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar free and made with whole grains. 
Healthy pumpkin cornbread muffin sliced and laying on a muffin liner and spread with ghee.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, canned or freshly cooked and processed
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze almond milk, honey or unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Prepare a regular sized muffin tin by greasing or lining 8 cups.
  • In a medium sized bowl, make your flaxseed eggs by combining the flaxseed with water, giving it a good stir and allowing it to sit for a few minutes to thicken up.
  • In large bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (pumpkin, almond milk, coconut sugar, coconut oil and molasses) into the bowl with the flaxseed eggs and stir well to combine.
  • Gently add the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. Do no over mix.
  • Evenly divide the cornbread mixture into 8 cups. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden in color and a toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin Calories: 199kcal Carbohydrates: 35g Protein: 3g Fat: 5g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin cornbread

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    31 comments
    1. Kellie
      November 15, 2020 AT 4:54 pm

      5 stars
      These are delicious! I used a regular egg, brown sugar and buttermilk because I needed to use it up. We loved these with a bowl of white bean soup.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 15, 2020 AT 7:47 pm

        I’m glad you enjoyed these cornbread muffins, Kellie! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it. 🙂

    2. Jill
      November 8, 2020 AT 6:28 pm

      5 stars
      These are really good and easy to make

    3. Rachel Inman
      October 22, 2020 AT 1:42 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious! Made these with veggie filled turkey chili for my boyfriend and I, and they were a major hit! I am gluten free, so I substituted all purpose GF flour, and it worked well. I used 2 eggs and subbed maple syrup for molasses (since I don’t have any). Can’t wait to make these again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 24, 2020 AT 4:17 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear, Rachel. I’m pumped these cornbread muffins were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    4. Liz N.
      December 17, 2019 AT 4:53 pm

      4 stars
      Made these tonight to go with a big pot of pumpkin turkey chili. I used 2 eggs in place of flax meal and water. They came out great. I might make a honey butter to add a bit more sweetness. Thanks for the recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2019 AT 5:02 pm

        So glad the muffins turned out for you, Liz! They would be delicious with honey butter. 🙂 Thank you for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, I so appreciate it. <3

    5. Debra Bonanno
      September 28, 2019 AT 4:59 pm

      May I ask if this receipe is only for humans or do you feed it to birds?I came across this because I was looking to see if it is ok to feed a cockatiel cornbread.The reason I’m writing is I see thereb is nutmeg in the receipeI have read not to give a cockatiel nutmeg. it is toxic to them.Just want to pass this on just in cse I need to.I might make the receipe but not for my cockatiel.Thanks.

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