Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

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Okay, so I kinda lied a little. Well, more like, omitted.

These aren’t just Pumpkin Streusel Muffins. They are Pumpkin Streusel BRAN muffins.

I figured the “bran” part would scare you away.


It doesn’t taste like a bran muffin. I promise! I tastes like pumpkin goodness.


I know that many of you balk at the thought of bran muffins. I usually do too, except for this recipe. It’s the one from the All-Bran box, and it’s awesome.


My Nana (my dad’s mom) introduced me to the All-Bran muffin recipe. From third grade until sixth, Nana watched me before and after school, and all day during the summers.It was from her that I learned not only about a loving grandparent, but also about how lunch should be a three-course meal and it should be followed by dessert.


Nana also introduced me to the best sugar cookies ever. She used to make them for me all the time. I’d lick the sugar off the top and eat my weight in them. Years later I asked for the recipe and guess what? They were Pillsbury slice-and-bake.


My Nana knew how much I loved all things carb. Whenever we’d have dinner at her house she’d make me biscuits, or what we called “bissy-cats”.

Every few weeks I’d get to her house in the morning and a fresh batch of bran muffins would be sitting on the counter, cooling in the peach-colored muffin tin. These muffins were the reason I begged my mom and dad for her muffin tin. It’s in my cabinet, and I use it often. Mainly, I have it so that I can remember my Nana.



Now, I admit. These aren’t Nana’s bran muffins. I mean, they are her basic recipe, but I added Fall to them.


I’m SO ready for Fall. I’m over sweating, hot weather, and shorts.


It’s cooled off in the mornings here to high 50s…but by school pick-up it’s still in the 90s. HOT. We’ve got at least another month before we get relief. Sigh.


So I figured, if I make Fall treats…maybe Fall will come.


Like the Field of Dreams...only with sugar.


I replaced the oil and eggs in this recipe with canned pumpkin. Then I topped them with brown sugar streusel. Because streusel makes everything better. (Double the recipe for more of a coating…I was trying to be all “healthy” and stuff. Stupid pants don’t fit anymore.)


The pumpkin amazingly makes these SO moist and delicious. Like, more moist than regular eggs and oil. Seriously.


You reeealllly don’t taste the bran. I promise! And, they are filling – great for a post workout snack.



So there you have it. Low-fat healthy Fall on a plate.


Mother Nature? You listening? Bring Fall please and I’ll make you some muffins.



  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups bran cereal (I used All-Bran original, not flakes)
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or butter spread, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners and spray with cooking spray. (Don’t forget to spray the liners – the muffins will stick if you don’t!)
  2. Place the bran and milk in a large bowl. Let soak while you mix your dry ingredients.
  3. Place 1 1/4 cups flour (reserve the 1 tablespoon for the topping), sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a separate bowl and whisk.
  4. Add pumpkin to bran mixture and stir. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until combined. Evenly divide batter among 12 muffin cups (they don’t rise much, so you can fill them pretty full).
  5. Mix melted butter, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl. Using your hands, sprinkle a little on each muffin.
  6. Bake for 14-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly before serving. Best served warm. (I like to keep some in the freezer to microwave after a workout.)


Muffins are best served within 2 days. They also freeze well; just microwave for a few seconds for a warm snack any time of day!

Adapted from the All Bran Cereal box.

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  1. now this is the best ‘bran’ muffin i have ever seen!! love the streusel topping, and of course, the pumpkin!

  2. These look delicious Dorothy! I love warm muffins and especially with pumpkin in them (even with the bran). I pinned it 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!

  3. I’m with you on the fall baking for fall weather! And I’m loving this recipe–I actually have a banana bran muffin I was planning to bake this week, but this pumpkin version looks amazing. Pumpkin is by far my favorite flavor of all time–can’t get enough! YUM!

  4. If we all bake some of these do you think Fall will come earlier? I’d be willing to make them everyday!
    Btw – I love anything with Streusel in the name.

  5. These pumpkin muffins look delicious! I have numerous pie pumpkins growing in my garden, I will have to try your recipe. Pinning it!

  6. Admittedly, bran muffins kind of scare me because of the whole arch-enemy-thing between my stomach and bran. Sorry, I’ll spare you the 411 on THAT story. However, I was there when you made these and you were beaming over your little muffins, AND they have brown sugar streusel (which is the best ever) AND they have pumpkin in them, so I’m going to go out, face my fear, and say these bran muffins look awesome. And I want one.

  7. Wow…very “fall-ie” is that a word??? In short, YUM. I bet they smell good too.

  8. Did you get a new camera? New lighting??? You’re pictures are looking SO good!! I’m in love with streusel. On anything. So this is heavenly 🙂

    PS- I’m texting you and commenting on your blog 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. Oh Dorothy! You always make me laugh so hard! I just love reading your posts and the gorgeous photos and delicious recipes are just icing on the cake – or I guess in this case, streusel on the muffin 🙂 Pinning now and I’m right with you in wishing Fall would hurry up and A.R.R.I.V.E. Enough of summer already!

  10. Those look great. Why hide Bran? It’s so good and wonderful for you. It’s not something crazy like avocado in the muffin 🙂

  11. I am quite ok with healthy snacks…I’m having pants issues as well!! I do love what pumpkin does in baked goods…so moist and delicious!!! Yup, I’m officially and completely ready for warm weather to go away!!

  12. These look delicious. Can’t wait to make these–I’m ready for pumpkin.

  13. I am not afraid of bran muffins, especially these. Holy cow they look good! And I love you stories about your nana, she sounds like she was an awesome grandma! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  14. love the streusel – enough to eat a bran muffin:) I hope your if we make it- it will come attitude works. no more sweat!!

  15. My MIL makes great bran muffins. My pumpkin muffin recipe is actually hers, but she puts bran in it. I’m too lazy for such things.
    However, I might have to give this a try! 🙂

  16. I’m not scared of bran … we made bran muffins in middle school home ec class. I bet yours taste better and an A+ all the way!

  17. I secretly LOVE LOVE LOVE bran muffins!! I know, I’m like 80 years old. They are my favorite kind. I shy away from posting them all over my blog because mostly everyone I know has a huge sweet tooth for decadent muffins. These are by far, the YUMMIEST bran muffins I’ve ever seen Dorothy! I am so excited you posted this recipe b/c i love pumpkin too. The best of both worlds for a yummy fall breakfast. 🙂

  18. Mmmm, you know I love all things pumpkin!

  19. Bring on Fall is right and these sound amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  20. aww what a good nana, my grandma made me pudding with sprinkles at the bottom, I will always remember that. And I hate bran muffins, bad memories of my mom making them with raisins, gag! But pumpkin I could do!

  21. What great memories with have of your Nana. And that’s hysterical that her sugar cookies were Pilsbury! Your muffins look fantastic. I don’t eat bran muffins because they scare me but these? I’m totally makign them. Thanks!

  22. Looks delicious! I love pumpkin and am so excited for fall and all things pumpkin!

  23. These look delicious! And I’m sure you can’t even taste the bran cereal, so good call on not including it in the title 🙂 Since I don’t eat a lot of cereal (and for all of those people who are totally turned off from All-Bran), I’m wondering if there is another ingredient I could substitute for the bran cereal? Thanks for always sharing great recipes and ideas!

    • I would think Oatmeal would work – but I’m not sure how you would need to soak it. Possibly just sub the oatmeal and then add enough milk to the final mixture to get a muffin-batter consistency. Let me know how it works if you try it – I’d love to know!

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  25. These look yummy to the tummy! Do you know how many calories per muffin?

    • I’m sorry, but I am unable to calculate that. The All-Bran recipe says 170 calories per muffin, but that is with eggs and oil. The absence of those must make it better for you, right? 🙂

  26. Whoa, these look like big mamas! The bran doesn’t scare me away, I could use some bran in my diet right now. These are so perfect for fall.

  27. HAHA, I love this! I am dying right now to start baking with pumpkin. I want to dig into these so bad!

  28. Bran! BRAN!? How dare you give us a bran recipe!! *shock horror*


    These muffins look delicious, bran or no bran. I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie so something tells me I’d be super into these muffins!

  29. I believe I just found my 1st pumpkin recipe of the ‘season’!

  30. I am so buying All Bran next time I go to the store. These muffins look amazing!

  31. Aww! You’re too cute! Your Nana sounds amazing, too! Maybe I’ll try this bad boys out! ♥

  32. I’d love to sink my teeth into that beauty! Love most pumpkin desserts, and when they’re fancied up in lace I can’t help but be wooed. Thanks for sharing this yumminess. Found your blog from Tastetastic Thurs.

  33. Wowwww – Pumpkin streusel muffin – sounds fantastic
    I totally agree – streusel makes everything better 🙂
    The texture seems to look moist – yummy

  34. These are SO right up my alley! I absolutely Luv pumpkin in just about anything. Now, I’m thinking pumpkin frosting. Hum…

  35. I think I’m more excited about the bran in these. It means I can eat extra…right? 🙂 PS: I’m loving the new look!

  36. first of all, get rid of the dumb pants….they are dumb. They should learn to fit under all circumstances. Second, I will be joining you on this ‘fall dance’ and make punpkin muffins for my munchkins. Bring on the cooler weather!!!

  37. I have a secret, it’s shameful really. Promise not to make fun of me. I’ve never tasted pumpkin in my life. But I have made a resolution to get over this and start trying a few pumpkin recipes this season. These look like a perfect way to start.! Pinned!

  38. How funny that your grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe were slice and bake cookies:) I used to make White chocolate chip cookie from a tube every Christmas when I was in high school and people raved about them. I’m kind of scared to make then from scratch. What if they are terrible. My cover will be blown.

  39. What sweet stories you have of your Nana. Thanks for sharing them and your fall recipe! I, too, am ready for fall…usually as soon as summer starts. I don’t enjoy hot weather…yuck!

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  41. Bring on the fall recipes!! I’m SO ready!! these look fantastic!
    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/a-taste-of-fall/

    Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!

  42. Nana’s are just the best! Thanks for this recipe. I have been making muffins for the kids to eat as a quick schoolday breakfast and BRAN must mean these are healthy!

    Isn’t it funny to find out that one of your favorite recipes is from the freezer section? haha

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  45. Dorothy,
    These look scrumptious! I can’t wait to try the recipe. Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors. Thanks so much for linking up last week to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you have for this week’s party! Have a great week.

  46. I am so glad fall is back and that it’s okay to bake pumpkin treats again. I love these and they look sooo yummy. I’m gonna have try them. Pumpkin and bran is double the fun for me. Thanks for sharing! Love from Whimsically Homemade!

  47. I dont know what I want more.. this muffin.. or fall to come. Maybe if I eat the muffin then fall with follow? Ahhh.. I wish! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Financial Friday! Im featuring this tomorrow at 7! 🙂

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  49. AMAZING!! Have tried a few different pumpkin muffin recipes before and these are by far the best … and healthy too! Was a bit doubtful at first with the no butter/oil, egg or milk, but they turned out great. Will definitely be making these again. Thank you : )

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