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Grandpa Joe’s Pumpkin Apple Muffins

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These muffins ooze fall. Loaded with pumpkin, apples and warm spices, they are soft and delicious bakery style muffins. This recipe has stayed a family favorite for good reason!

hand holding half a pumpkin muffin with chunks of apple inside.

     The warm fall flavors of pumpkin, apples and pumpkin piebspice always go so well together. These soft muffins bring them all together in every tasty bite.  They are easy to make and freeze beautifully. 

Plus you get that big rounded muffin top just like at the bakeries.  Your fall morning will be that much better if it starts with a mug of seasonal coffee or tea and one of these muffins!

Soft delicious bakery style muffins are a great way to start the day. These babies are loaded with fall flavors like pumpkin and apple. 

    They are a great grab and go breakfast for busy days. Toss one to the kids on their way to school or grab one for yourself before jetting to work.

They are also perfect with a cup of coffee for a leisurely breakfast. Maybe you could call a friend and catch up over muffins and a cup of joe. 

stack of pumpkin muffins ready to eat.

 If you prefer you could do a little catching up with yourself instead! 😉 Just make the muffins and enjoy a couple fall flavored moments!

When I sent out a a call for family favorite recipes, my husband’s Grandma was nice enough to send me this pumpkin apple muffin recipe that she said Grandpa Joe baked frequently. I never had the pleasure of meeting Grandpa Joe, but I still have a very warm feeling about him.

Everyone remembers him so warmly, it makes me really wish I had the chance to know him myself. He was the original family carpenter. He spent years putting his touch on many buildings around town.

He also built three houses for his family. Each time they learned a little about what they wanted in the next house until they finally built the house they really made home.

His knowledge, skills and tools are still very much alive in the hands of my father-in-law and husband. Ruth said that when Joe retired he enjoyed spending more time in the kitchen. This was one of the recipes he held onto.

pumpkin muffins in cupcake tin fresh from oven.

Grandma put a note on the back of the recipe saying our house would smell good. She was right!

This would be a great breakfast for house guests. It goes together quickly and fills the house with a wonderful scent as it bakes.

Of course the combination of apple and pumpkin just screams fall. I made a batch of these when the blog was brand new. I couldn’t help but to make another batch as soon as there were a few chilly mornings.

Breaking out the pumpkin and chopping a few apples just gives you that cozy feeling. Then there is the spice smell of them baking that is just intoxicating. Do yourself a favor and bake up a batch!

hand holding freshly baked pumpkin apple muffin.

Tips and Tricks:

Muffins freeze well! If you don’t need the whole batch at once, put the rest in a freezer bag and pull them out as you want them. Twenty or thirty seconds in the microwave and you’ll be on your way to a delicious muffin!

Don’t over mix the batter once you add the flour. Just give it enough of a stir to get it all incorporated. Stirring too much at that point will start to develop the gluten and make a tougher muffin.

You can sub in applesauce for some or all of the oil. It will change the final texture a bit, but still makes a delicious muffin.

I have also made these subbing in whole wheat white flour for part of the all-purpose flour with good results.

For a bakery style fluffy and moist muffin, make the recipe as written. 😊

stack of pumpkin muffins with one broken open to show apple chunks inside.

More great fall breakfast recipes

For another great pumpkin muffin option, try pumpkin streusel muffins. The buttery streusel and pumpkin base go so well together!

Or bake up some pumpkin pie baked oatmeal.  It is soft, delicious and super simple to put together.  It reheats well, so I like to make a batch on the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week. 

Another great suggestion is apple pie steel cut oats.  They are loaded with fresh apples, applesauce and apple juice or cider for an unmistakably apple flavor. Plus it smells so darn good while it cooks!

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Yield: 12 Muffins

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

stack of pumpkin apple muffins on wooden board

The warm fall flavors of pumpkin, apples and pumpkin pie spice always go so well together. These soft muffins bring them all together in every tasty bite.  They are easy to make and freeze beautifully.  Plus you get that big rounded muffin top just like at the bakeries.  Your fall morning will be that much better if it starts with a mug of seasonal coffee or tea and one of these muffins!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs - slightly beaten
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 cups apples - peeled and chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Combine eggs, pumpkin and oil. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring until moistened.
  4. Stir in apples.
  5. Place in 12 greased muffin molds.
  6. Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 206mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These muffins ooze fall. Loaded with pumpkin, apples and warm spices, they are soft and delicious bakery style muffins. This recipe has stayed a family favorite for good reason!

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Andrea Nine

Monday 19th of October 2020

There’s that yumminess! I checked my doorstep, they weren’t there, lol. Happy Monday!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Ha! I accidentally ate them on the way. I'll have to make another batch!

mommar6

Monday 19th of October 2020

I just love these family recipes that have been shared and loved for generations

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I do too! This is a good one for sure!

Anonymous

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

I love family recipes that have been loved throughout the years. I bet your house did smell wonderful! These muffins sound so good. Thank you for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. Have a great week!

Carlee

Saturday 8th of September 2018

I do too, it makes them extra special! These muffins are good anyway though, history or not!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Sunday 26th of August 2018

I love stories like this behind a recipe. These look delicious - my two fall favorites in one!

Carlee

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

Me too <3 Thank you!

Mary Neumann

Saturday 25th of August 2018

I love family recipes like this, Carlee! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with all of us at Weekend Potluck...thanks for ALL your awesome shares! I added this to my fall list of goodies to bake. Have a wonderful weekend!

Carlee

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

I love recipes that have a family connection like these too. Especially when they make you feel a little closer to somebody who is no longer here. I hope you enjoy the muffins and thanks so much for stopping by!

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