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Pumpkin streusel muffin on a white doily on a green plate

Okay, so I kinda lied a little.Β 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.

Pumpkin streusel muffin on a white doily on a green plate, with three additional muffins in the back

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.

Pumpkin streusel muffin on a white doily on a green plate, with three additional muffins in the back

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.


Last Updated on May 12, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. What??? Oh you must remedy that. I can’t really judge, I’ve never tasted lots of things, ha! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the pin Joan!

  5. 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!!!

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

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

  8. Wowwww – Pumpkin streusel muffin – sounds fantastic
    I totally agree – streusel makes everything better πŸ™‚
    The texture seems to look moist – yummy

  9. 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.