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The most delicious pumpkin pecan muffins! They're vegan and perfect for breakfast.


Perfect pumpkin pecan muffins that are as easy to make as they are to eat.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword pumpkin muffins, vegan muffins, vegan pumpkin muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 Muffins
Calories 230 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce plus ½ tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (See Note)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground sea salt
  • ½ tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 10 tbsp vegan butter at room temperature (we use Earth Balance)
  • 1 cup granulated vegan white sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup chopped pecans plus approximately 16 whole pecans for garnishing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and lightly grease the individual cups of a muffin pan
  2. Whisk the apple sauce and baking powder until foamy. Set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until combined. Set aside
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add the applesauce, vanilla, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree and beat on a high speed for 2 minutes. It won’t be smooth and creamy, that’s okay.
  5. Stir in the flour and pecans until just combined.
  6. Use an ice-cream scoop or a large spoon and fill each muffin cup ¾ of the way full and press a whole pecan on the tops. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes , or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes and invert on a wire baking rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a gluten-free version we suggest using King Arthur All-Purpose Gluten-Free flour.


The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.