Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins — These mini pumpkin muffins are coated in cinnamon sugar and are bursting with fall flavor! Even better, they’re accidentally vegan! 

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins 

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins

Mini food is my downfall. It’s so cute and easy to pop, one after the next. The cute and easy factor, combined with pumpkin, and look out. Impossible to resist.

These mini pumpkin muffins are soft, moist, fluffy yet pleasantly dense, and packed with fall spices. They’re so flavorful and make your house smell amazing. I’d scratch-and-sniff the walls if I could while they bake.

A nice bonus is that they’re on the healthier side, at least that’s what I tell myself. There are no eggs, dairy, or butter. Perfect if you happen to run out one of those ingredients, too. I used my favorite, easy, and accidentally vegan pumpkin quick bread recipe because it never lets me down. I’ve made it as full-size muffins, as a cake, and as a loaf.

The milk I used is Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk and I love it. It only has 30-calorie per 8 ounces, tastes great, and if I need a milk for baking, vegan or otherwise, it’s what I use most often. All Silk products are dairy-free and gluten-free and I like that Silk is committed to and believes in the benefits of a plant-based diet.

The muffins are great on their own, but I can’t resist tossing them in cinnamon-sugar. I find the cinnamon-sugar sticks just fine without dipping the muffins in melted butter, which keeps them lighter.

As I ate 5 in about 5 seconds.

stack of Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins 

What’s in These Mini Pumpkin Muffins? 

To make these pumpkin spice muffins, you’ll need: 

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Coconut oil
  • Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Molasses
  • Vanilla extract

mini pumpkin spice muffins in white dish

How to Make Mini Pumpkin Muffins

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugars, pumpkin, oil, milk, molasses, and vanilla. 

Pour the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter is quite thick, but if yours is seemingly too thick, add a splash of milk to thin it out. 

Divide the vegan pumpkin spice muffin batter between 24 mini muffin cups and bake until the tops are set, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Once the muffins are out of the oven, roll them in cinnamon sugar as soon as they’re cool enough to handle. 

mini pumpkin muffins in white dish

Can I Use a Coconut Oil Substitute? 

Coconut oil adds a nearly imperceptible undertone that’s sweeter and more fragrant than canola or vegetable oil and the muffins don’t taste coconutty, but substitute with another oil if you’d like. I prefer baking quick breads with oil rather than butter because oil keeps them moister and springier.

Can I Use Another Type of Milk? 

Yes, any unsweetened milk (dairy or non-dairy) will work in this mini pumpkin muffin recipe. 

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins - Soft little muffins that pack a big punch of pumpkin flavor! Mini food just tastes better!! YUM!

Tips for Making Mini Pumpkin Muffins

First of all, make sure you’re using pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling is pre-sweetened and spiced and will mess up the taste of these easy pumpkin muffins. 

When baking these pumpkin spice muffins, you’ll want to start checking on them at 8 minutes and keep a very close eye on them from then on because mini muffins cook quickly and all pan sizes and ovens vary. You definitely do not want to over bake these babies! 

Lastly, note that the cinnamon sugar coating could liquify and ‘melt’ the longer the muffins sit on your counter. As the days pass, the muffins attract moisture and soften, which causes the coating to melt. Simply re-roll muffins through additional cinnamon-sugar if desired.

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Pumpkin Muffins

These mini pumpkin muffins are coated in cinnamon sugar and are bursting with fall flavor! Even better, they're accidentally vegan!

Yield: 24 mini muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (vegetable or canola oil may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (other milks may be substituted including coconut, soy, rice, cow)
  • 2 tablespoons mild or medium molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray two 12-count mini muffin pans (or use one Non-Stick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan) very well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pans; set aside.

    Muffins

    1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and optional salt; set aside.
    2. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugars, pumpkin, oil, milk, molasses, and vanilla until combined.
    3. Pour the wet pumpkin mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix. Batter is quite thick and if yours is seemingly too thick, add a splash of milk to thin it.
    4. Divide batter equally among the cavities of the prepared pans. Each cavity will be just under 3/4 full (don’t exceed 3/4 full or they could overflow).
    5. Bake for about 11 to 12 minutes (start checking at 8 minutes and keep a very close eye on them because mini muffins cook quickly and all pan sizes and ovens vary), or until tops are set, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling but no batter (if making full-size, baking time will be similar to this recipe).
    6. Allow muffins to cool in pans for about 10 to 15 minutes before removing and placing on a rack to cool completely. They can be dipped in the cinnamon-sugar coating as soon as they’re cool enough to handle.

    Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  1. In a medium bowl, add the sugar, cinnamon, and stir to combine.
  2. Gently roll each muffin through cinnamon-sugar until evenly coated. Serve immediately.

Notes

Muffins are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Note the cinnamon sugar coating could liquify and ‘melt’ as the days pass because the muffins attract moisture, get softer as time passes, and the coating melts. Simply re-roll muffins through additional cinnamon-sugar if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 48mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g

More Pumpkin Recipes:

If you haven’t already pre-ordered it, Cooking With Pumpkin: Recipes That Go Beyond the Pie is my second cookbook and the official release date is October 6. There’s over 50 pumpkin recipes including sweets, savory, drinks, and a photo for nearly every recipe. I’d be super grateful if you headed over to Amazon.

Cooking With Pumpkin: Recipes That Go Beyond the Pie by Averie Sunshine

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins — My favorite pumpkin muffin recipe, and it just happens to be vegan. Today’s muffins are adapted from this recipe.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache — It’s a cross between a pumpkin cake with just a bit of the buttery qualities of a yellow cake-mix-cake, but entirely from scratch, and there’s loads of chocolate in every bite.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies — — Rich, fudgy brownies topped with pumpkin and chocolate chips!! An EASY, no mixer pumpkin brownie recipe that’s FASTER than using a boxed mix! 

Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies — The cookies are soft, thick, perfectly chewy and not cakey which is a problem that often plagues pumpkin cookies.

Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake — A FAST and EASY no-mixer coffee cake with rich pumpkin flavor!! Super soft, tender, and topped with the BEST crumble topping that you’ll fall in love with!

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread — Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a slightly crunchy cinnamon sugar topping!! The mini loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and accidentally vegan!

Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins — These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are essentially baked oatmeal bites. They’re the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack! 

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

73 comments on “Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins”

  1. Oh man, these look dangerous! I always eat too many mini desserts….they’re just so cute, how can you only eat one?!? lol

  2. I love the idea of adding molasses! That must add to the amazing texture.
    Yep, we’re all suckers for the mini stuff. I can never get enough of those mini Snickers. Dangerous!
    These look incredible, Averie!

  3. These may be small but they look like they pack some serious flavor!! I love mini muffins, mini loaves, and donut holes…but when it comes to cookies, the bigger the better!

  4. I love mini anything and these muffins look so moist and all that cinnamon and sugar must make the outside slightly crunchy which I adore. I like that they don’t have to be dipped in butter before rolling in the cinnamon and sugar mixture which a lot of recipes call for… Girl math, saved calories from not dipping in butter means at least two more muffins can be consumed !!

    • saved calories from not dipping in butter means at least two more muffins can be consumed = EXACTLY! Great minds think alike! And yes the cinn sugar does make the outside slightly crunchy right as they come out of the oven and so good!

  5. Mini food is SOOOOO dangerous. I feel like as long as I can pop it into my mouth in one go, it doesn’t count (shhh, flawed logic).

  6. These are cute! They look delicious, too.

  7. I love that you can’t resist dipping them in cinnamon sugar – I’m right there with ya! So many awesome flavors going on with this recipe :) :)

  8. Great flavor combinations, moist, and dense!

  9. Averie these mini pumpkin muffins look absolutely perfect (love that they are vegan!) – I am so pumped for pumpkin season!! Pinned :)

  10. I love mini foods, too! They’re so cute and fun to pop and eat. These cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins look gorgeous, Averie! And I love that you added molasses in these cuties, too. Pinning!

  11. You always make the cutest mini food! Love how you coated these with the cinnamon sugar! Pinned of course!

  12. Mini food is my downfall too! Can’t stop. These muffins look amazing, love the cinnamon sugar coating. Can’t even imagine how many pumpkin baked goods you must have made in the last year or two :)

    • Girl. It’s kind of…unreal. I can’t keep track in my head what I’ve made and where. Cookbook, blog, things that I made for the book but didn’t make the cut and I swapped for something else…I’ve actually made things and forgot I already made that!! :)

  13. awww Averie these are just wayyy to cute! I love that they are vegan also, mini food is the best! ;-) pinning these little cuties

  14. So simple and delicious – I love it! I also have trouble resisting mini-sized things. Like travel products? Love them.

  15. THESE look INCREDIBLE! So excited it’s finally fall and I can whip these up!

  16. These are adorable! I love cute food. I could see setting out a basket of these at a brunch.

    I am a person who tells myself that one bite won’t hurt, and I do that like 80 more times, so I would easily eat a dozen of these and think they didn’t “count”. Haha. Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. You know what I love about pumpkin recipes? All those fabulous spices that go into them! These muffins look outrageously good, and yes, there will be no stopping at just one. Pinned!

  18. These are so cute, mini muffins are so easy to eat but I think these pumpkin ones will be even easier to eat, pinned! :D x

  19. So cute! I love the cinnamon-sugar coating.

  20. Oh boy, these are definitely in my future!

  21. Yay, that you made these so healthy! I think they won’t last long in our house, I am just obsessed with the idea that you rolled them in cinnamon sugar. : ) Congrats on your second cookbook!

  22. You made this recipe just for me, didn’t you? :) Healthy mini-muffins. My kind of food.

  23. Love mini anything! My husband just doesn’t understand the hype though:) How perfect that you made these with coconut oil and skipped the butter on the outside. The cinnamon and sugar coating is just so stinking beautiful on these bright muffin!

  24. Pumpkin things and mini things are two of my favorites. This could be dangerous.

  25. My mouth is watering! I love the richness in the colors of these!! Totally pinned and I want to make them ASAP!

    • I moved into my current place like 5 months or so ago? and I am just barely figuring out how to shoot in this house. And I have a whopping 90 minute ‘good window’ so thanks for saying that about the colors! :)

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