Pumpkin (Raisin) Oat Bran Muffins

Hi from up in the air! I’m headed to CA for work where I’ll be doing the convention thing, eating out for almost every meal (I did end up packing some breakfast items) and enjoying the warm weather.

Of course, I didn’t forget my promise of another pumpkin recipe…



Pumpkin (Raisin) Oat Bran Muffins

Yield: 10 muffins – adapted from this Taste of Home Recipe

  • 1-1/2 cups Oat Bran
  • 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (I used Organic Sucanat)
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 large Egg Whites
  • 1 cup Cushaw or Pumpkin, Cooked (or Canned)
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp Pure Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Raisins (optional)

Combine the first seven ingredients in a small bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, cushaw/pumpkin, milk, oil and vanilla until well blended.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened. Gently stir in raisins, if using.

Coat muffin cups cooking spray or cupcake liners cooking spray; fill half full. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Serve warm and enjoy!
Nutrition facts for per serving with raisins (1 muffin): Approximately 170 calories, 4g fat, 31g carbs, 5g protein.

These muffins turned out great, but as expected with a muffin made primarily of oat bran, they are hearty! If you’re looking for a light and airy muffin, this would not be a good recipe for you, but on the other hand, if you’re looking for a healthy, hearty, nutrient dense pumpkin muffin – this would be a great choice!! I’ve been enjoying the muffins with a spread of almond butter for breakfast. I left a few for Isaac to eat while I’m away and packed a couple to snack on while traveling. Hooray for portability.

As mentioned above, I used cushaw, a green and white striped squash primarily grown in the south, that can be substitute for pumpkin in most recipes. My boss actually bought the cushaw, cooked it and gave me some of her bounty. I was excited to put it to good use and so far I’ve tasted it plain, used it in the muffins and made a pumpkin spice smoothie with it! I’m not sure if cushaw is always sweet or if it has to do with the fact that it was freshly cooked, but it’s much sweeter than canned pumpkin and doesn’t have any bitterness to it – I’m definitely a fan! Too bad I don’t have the means to cook fresh cushaw every week to feed my pumpkin obsession. 😉


For all you pumpkin lovers, be sure to check out my pumpkin recipes, which I’ve conveniently linked in the left-hand side bar. Or try out these delicious looking pumpkin recipes from FOOD & WINE.

Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Raisin Sauce
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Butter Brown Pears
Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Pie


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  1. I recently bought 12 cans of pumpkin when they went on sale for a ridiculously low price. Now that the weather is cooler, I wanted to start baking bread that contained pumpkin, oat bran and raisins. So, I Googled “pumpkin, oat bran, raisin bread” and found the above recipe. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks…I’ll be back to let you know how it turned out.

  2. The fact that you know what cushaw is makes me happy. Got a bumper crop going this year, and when I start talking squash on the phone with my folks up north, they have no clue what I’m talking about. I probably shouldn’t admit to talking about squash on long distance, come to think of it, but thanks for a new recipe!

  3. You know I’m all about the pumpkin! I hope you have a safe, happy trip. Enjoy the good food and the weather. Thank you for sharing another delightfully delicious recipe. Take care, love!

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