Nothing says Fall like football and pumpkin. These tasty treats come out of hibernation around Week 1 of the NFL season and disappear shortly after the Super Bowl.

Funny, that seems to be about the time everyone gets sick of both Football and pumpkin.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Oven temp:
Yield: 12 muffins or 10 muffin tops

1 cup All-Purpose Flour
¾ cup Whole Wheat Flour (okay to use all All-Purpose Flour if that’s what you have)
¾ cup Sugar
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
Zest of one Lemon

2 large Eggs
1 cup canned Pumpkin
¾ stick (6 Tbls.) Butter, melted
2 Tbls. Course Raw Sugar (optional, for topping)

Optional Add-ins
1 cup Golden Raisins, or
1 cup Chocolate Chips, or
½ cup Walnuts, chopped

Optional Streusel Topping
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
½ tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tbls. Butter


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and lemon zest – and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Add pumpkin to the melted butter and stir thoroughly.
  4. Make a hole in the middle of the pumpkin mixture and add in the eggs. Use whisk to scramble eggs, then use a spatula to incorporate into the pumpkin mixture thoroughly.
  5. Add in your raisins and/or chocolate and/or nuts and stir to incorporate.
    MBM Tip: if you want to make different types of muffins (i.e. some with raisins, some with chocolate – typical in my house) then incorporate add-ins after the next step.)
  6. Make a hole in the dry ingredients and pour in the pumpkin mixture. Use a spatula to fold the wet and dry together until just combined. Don’t over mix.
  7. Measure equal amounts of the batter to greased or paper lined muffin tin.
    MBM Tip: These also make great muffin tops
  8. If you are adding a topping, now is the time to do so. Sprinkle course sugar over the top of muffins somewhat liberally. For streusel, whisk the dry ingredients together and then use a fork or pastry cutter to cut in the butter until course crumbles appear. Sprinkle crumbles evenly over muffins.
  9. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

Are you ready for some footballllll?!