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Pumpkin Apple Muffins

September 21, 2020 (Last Updated: November 5, 2020)

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Pumpkin apple muffins are a delicious moist muffin with all the comforting tastes of fall. Made with pumpkin puree and shredded apples and a streusel topping. These muffins are prefect for breakfast, brunch or even dessert!

Pumpkin muffins with a streusel topping on a white cake stand.topping

I don’t know why pumpkin recipes are limited only to pumpkin season. Pumpkin season isn’t an official season, but it tends to begin when the first signs of fall arrive. 

I think I could really enjoy pumpkin all year long. Although maybe I enjoy it so much because it is only around for a few months. Nevertheless, t is time to fully embrace pumpkin season and make as many pumpkin apple muffins as possible. 

What are pumpkin apple muffins?

These muffins are made with pumpkin puree, shredded apples, and warm spices including cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. To make these muffins even more delicious, they are topped with a streusel topping with even more cinnamon.

Make these muffins for Thanksgiving Day breakfast or a lazy day Saturday anytime of the year. If you’re feeling generous, make an extra batch and share with your neighbors. 

A pumpkin muffin cut in half on a white plate.

What type of apple can I use?

Almost any type of fresh apple works well in these muffins. You could use a granny smith, fuji, braeburn, or your favorite apple. Just peel and grate the apple and you’re good to go!

Can I make these without the streusel topping?

Yes, you can make these muffins without the crumby topping. I’ve made them both ways and while I love the topping, there are times I just don’t want an overly sweet muffin. 

Pumpkin muffins on a baking rack.

How do I make these muffins?

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  1. Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, spices and salt.
  2. In another bowl, combine eggs, oil and pumpkin.
  3. Add apples,  pumpkin mixture into flour mixture and combine.

Make the streusel topping

  1. Mix streusel topping until small crumbs are formed.
  2. Place muffin batter in greased muffin tins and top with streusel.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Cool muffins on a baking rack before eating.


Most of what you need for making these muffins, you will already have in your kitchen. But you do need a few baking essentials.

Do I need to use a paper liner?

The choice is yours. I don’t usually use a paper liner when making muffins. If you don’t use a paper liner, be sure to spray the cupcake pan with a non-stick spray before adding batter. 

A pumpkin muffin on an orange pumpkin shaped plate.

More muffin recipes

I love making muffins. If you are looking for other muffin recipes, you might want to try some of these recipes:

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A pumpkin apple muffin on a white scalloped plate.

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Pumpkin muffins with a streusel topping on a white cake stand.topping

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Delicious muffin made with pumpkin puree and shredded apples and a touch of cinnamon.
4.7 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Muffins
Cuisine American
Servings 15 muffins
Calories 284 kcal



  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup grated apple


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (melted)



  • Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin and vegetable oil.
  • Combine pumpkin mixture with flour mixture.
  • Fold in grated apples.
  • Scoop mixture into muffin tins lined with paper liners or sprayed with a non-stick spray.


  • Combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and melted butter together. Mixture will be lumpy, but all flour should be incorporated into mixture.
  • Sprinkle topping on top of muffin batter.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Allow muffins to cool slightly before removing from pan. Continue cooling muffins on a baking rack.


Muffins can be made without steusel topping, if desired.


Serving: 1muffinCalories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 176mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 2625IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pumpkin apple muffins, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice muffins
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

This recipe was originally published in October 2019. The images and post have been updated.

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  • Reply
    October 26, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I really like these but was wondering, couldn’t you use the whole can of pumpkin and leave the oil out?

    • Reply
      October 26, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Hi Debbie,
      I’ve only made the muffin as written so I’m not certain how it would turn out. Let me know if you give it a try!

  • Reply
    Linda Dawson
    October 25, 2020 at 9:41 am

    2 stars
    This is way too much flour for the amount of liquids – had to add milk just to loosen it up a bit. The grated apple does not make up for the lack of liquid, maybe apple sauce would work better.

    • Reply
      October 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      Hi Linda,
      I’m sorry these did not work out for you. I’ve made these several times as written and have had others test it as well. I’m not certain what went wrong for you.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 21, 2020 at 5:49 am

    5 stars
    I love muffins of all types, but pumpkin and apple flavors both call to me…especially once the weather starts turning chillier. I like the idea of shredding apples into the batter here. (I assumed at first glance that it was apple sauce.) I totally want to make a batch of these. We have loads of apples here in our house, and I’m loving the fall baking season right now!

    • Reply
      September 21, 2020 at 6:07 am

      We just picked a huge box at my in-laws this weekend! Let the apple baking begin! 🙂

  • Reply
    September 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Warning…. read the recipe carefully, baking soda missing in the method, didn’t hit me till they were in the oven! 😥

    • Reply
      September 20, 2020 at 5:50 am

      Oh no! Somehow I did miss putting the baking soda in the instructions. I’ve fixed it now. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Reply
    May 30, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    5 stars
    Hands down, my new favourite muffin! Turned out perfect . I wasn’t going to add the topping,, but I’m very glad I did! Delicious…thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 30, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks, Leanne! I’m so glad you loved them! The topping is that little extra that makes a difference! 🙂

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    October 7, 2019 at 5:43 am

    5 stars
    You’re totally right about pumpkin recipes, Kathy! I love baking with pumpkin, but it only seems to be common during the Fall. However, I have noticed that our store carries canned pumpkin year-round. It’s a bit harder to find, but it’s there on the bottom shelf. These muffins sound like the quintessential Fall recipe. I definitely need to put this recipe on the menu soon. I’m thinking one of those muffins with a mug of coffee would be a great way to start these chilly days!

  • Reply
    October 6, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    5 stars
    I love pumpkin and apple together — and in a muffin is perfect! Super cute pumpkin plates, too! 🙂 ~Valentina

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    October 5, 2019 at 8:30 am

    5 stars
    Muffins are always such a delicious breakfast treat Kathy! And what a delicious fall flavor combination!

    • Reply
      October 5, 2019 at 8:38 am

      I do love baking – and eating muffins!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Good
    October 5, 2019 at 8:11 am

    5 stars
    Pumpkin and apple are so popular this time of year and then to combine those flavours in one delicious muffin? Brilliant! I bet they taste as flavourful as they look! Such a great weekend baking project, Kathy 🙂

    • Reply
      October 5, 2019 at 8:37 am

      They are yummy!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    October 4, 2019 at 6:16 am

    5 stars
    I love muffins – to me, they are my favourite baked treat! Especially with a great cup of coffee in the morning! 🙂
    These sound so good, Kathy! I love the sound of the topping too!

    • Reply
      October 5, 2019 at 6:26 am

      Muffins are one of my favorites too!

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