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Blueberry Pumpkin Muffins

Updated on November 17, 2014
Delicious and healthy! Muffins made with fresh blueberries and pumpkin.
Delicious and healthy! Muffins made with fresh blueberries and pumpkin. | Source

Take 1

If you're like me, you usually skip all the cutesie anecdotes and just go right to the recipe. But see, if you do that, you will miss the fact that I tried this recipe three times before I got muffiny looking things.

My First Attempt

These are not what I would call muffiny looking things...
These are not what I would call muffiny looking things... | Source

Take 2

Yep. Those aren't them. Those are my first muffins. They don't really look like muffins. But they tasted delicious!

We had a guest staying at our house when I made them. He was diabetic, and didn't usually partake in the foods I consider worth eating. But these have no sugar in them (except in the topping), and he LOVED them. I spent the night at a friend's house, and when I came home the next day there were only 2 left!

Taste trumps appearance, he decided. I decided they were not quite photo worthy. Plus, I don't want to send poor unsuspecting people off with a muffin recipe that will fall apart when they try to take them out of the tins. Our guest suggested I add cement. Thankfully, I know a little more about cooking than he does.

Three Cheers for Blue and Orange!

Mix the bright blueberries into the orange pumpkin batter. The colors of this recipe are so fun!
Mix the bright blueberries into the orange pumpkin batter. The colors of this recipe are so fun! | Source

A Recipe of My Own

Maybe it's because I just graduated from college and want to believe that I now know everything, but I don't like having to take advice from other people. That's not good. Take advice from people! (That is my advice to you).

I imagine that I am also an expert cook (with all my years of experience), and can simply make up my own recipes. Now don't freak out; I used a couple of other recipes as references. But this is why it did take me three tries to get my muffins to look like muffins.

While I was making these, I was very careful to follow the recipe exactly. Because if the recipe says it, it must be right!

However...that is probably not the most sound idea when your recipe looks like this:

It's a pretty legit recipe...
It's a pretty legit recipe... | Source

Fear Not

I did it! I was so proud of myself. I made muffins that look like muffins. And they taste good, too. Seriously, they are good. There are juicy blueberries that juxtapose the bready pumpkinyness, and the amazing cinnamon crumb topping (I did not make up that recipe), that adds the perfect amount of extra sweetness.

I like them. I certainly hope you are as excited about them as I am after you try them.

*The ingredients shown in this picture are not exactly the ones used in the final muffin recipe. But the list is correct!
*The ingredients shown in this picture are not exactly the ones used in the final muffin recipe. But the list is correct! | Source

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Blueberry Pumpkin Muffins
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 48 min
Yields: 12 muffins

Blueberry Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  1. Heat oven to 400 F. Line 12 muffin tins and grease the liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg.
  3. Mix in applesauce, pumpkin, milk and oil.
  4. Gently add blueberries to the mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Do not over mix.
  7. Scoop a spoonful into each muffin tin. Top each with crumb topping.
  8. Bake at 400 F for 18-20 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven, and place the muffins on a cooling rack.
Cinnamon Crumb Topping
Cinnamon Crumb Topping | Source

Cinnamon Crumb Topping

3/8 cup flour

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 cup butter, melted

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in the butter, and use your fingers to crumble the mixture.

Muffins ready to go into the oven.
Muffins ready to go into the oven. | Source
THIS is the final product. I promise.
THIS is the final product. I promise. | Source


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    • My Bell profile image

      Marcelle Bell 

      3 years ago

      These muffins look so yummy! My be in order for a sweet breakfast for my girls Saturday morning after Halloween. Love the pic of the first attempt and how you reworked it. I do the same thing all the time - make my own recipes and love to cook! Great hub!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You sure got those muffins to look good! I would never have thought about using blueberries with pumpkin. They sound and look delicious. Pinning to my Healthy and Yummy board and sharing.

    • Julia Eppehimer profile imageAUTHOR

      Julia Eppehimer 

      3 years ago

      @esmonaco: Blueberries are great! And they go really well with pumpkin! I never would have thought of it, except I saw someone made a pumpkin pie with blueberries in it. It's a great idea!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I love blueberries and of nothing better than them being in this delicious recipe. Thanks :)

    • Julia Eppehimer profile imageAUTHOR

      Julia Eppehimer 

      3 years ago

      @bearnmom: Let me know what you think when you try it!

    • Julia Eppehimer profile imageAUTHOR

      Julia Eppehimer 

      3 years ago

      @peachpurple: I hope you get some eggs soon! And I hope you like the muffins!

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      gosh, i am out of eggs. Wait till I get those eggs and blueberries, I am gonna make these muffins for sure. Voted up

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      Laura L Scotty 

      3 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Your recipe sounds enticing. I'm going to save this one for later in the month when I start my pumpkin cookies.


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