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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Spicy pumpkin perks up these muffins, and cranberries lend a sweet-and-sour tang. Made with wholesome whole wheat, they're great to bring to a brunch. —Lynne Parrish, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin, yogurt and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners; fill three-fourths full with batter.
  • Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 muffin: 188 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • jmarschel
    Jan 18, 2013

    I'm rating this recipe excellent but that is based on the changes I made to it. I used half the amount of sugar called for and next time I may decrease even more or try using agave nectar instead. I used fresh homemade cranberry sauce instead of dried cranberries and because of this I took out the oil. They turned out fabulous.

  • traciecollins
    Dec 31, 2012

    I made these muffins this afternoon. I was a little worried about reading the reviews -- everyone was modifying the recipe in some way. I had to substitute oatmeal for the oat bran as I couldn't find it in my supermarket. Seeing as oatmeal may make a heavier muffin than oat bran, I additionally subbed 1/4 cup unbleached white flour for 1/4 cup of the whole wheat. That said, I was extremely happy with how these muffins turned out. I think I might try adding walnuts to the batter to make a more substantial, meal-like, muffin. But, again, they are good as-is.

  • abrandau
    Dec 6, 2011

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  • marthaloving
    Aug 18, 2011

    I made these the first time following the recipe. I made them the second time and substituted buttermilk for the yogurt, added 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and they were much lighter and tastier. The third time I made them, I used my altered recipe and added fresh blueberries and baked in 4 small loaf pans. Will freeze for the holidays. They were excellent.

  • ybales1
    Jul 19, 2011

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  • wandnapper
    Mar 28, 2011

    These tasted great but the batter was too thick to pour into the muffin tin. Also, they barely rose when cooking. I think I will try adding some water next time to make a more uniform muffin. Still, they were simple to make and had a very nice flavor to them. I substituted Splenda for the sugar, but I don't think that made any difference.

  • DawnDemery
    Mar 13, 2011

    My husband and I absolutely love these -he told me to keep making them and he'll let me know when he gets tired of them - I made 3 batches last week. I used the revised version - reduced sugar to 1/2 c. , 1 TBSP oil, 1/4 c. applesauce and I also substituted 1 of the eggs with 1 TBSP flax seed meal and 3 TBSP water. They are moist and delicious. I love healthy muffins. I keep a container in the freezer so they are always available.

  • mom23kids
    Mar 9, 2011

    Wonderful blend of flavors. So easy to make too.

  • 5fabulousfrosts
    Feb 28, 2011

    I made the modified version of this recipe and the muffins are yummy!

  • Mamasuejean
    Feb 27, 2011

    Some were asking how to make this with fewer calories. I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and put in egg substitute or use just egg whites. Cutting the cranberries back and using fresh cranberries in place of the dried, plus cutting the canola oil back to 1 Tbsp and using applesauce, about 1/4 c and adding 1 tsp vanilla would cut the calories drastically. As I have stated these changes, one muffin is 4 points plus on Weight Watchers.