Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins in a muffin pan.

Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins

If you love pumpkin and cinnamon, these Cinnamon Chip Walnut Pumpkin Muffins are for you! Cinnamon spiced and moist from pumpkin, this easy pumpkin muffin recipe is perfect for fall!

Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins in a muffin pan.
Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins

If you love pumpkin and cinnamon, these Cinnamon Chip Walnut Pumpkin Muffins are for you! Cinnamon spiced and moist from pumpkin, this easy pumpkin muffin recipe is perfect for fall!

Note: This post first appeared on October 14, 2012. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins in a muffin pan with cinnamon chips and walnuts in white bowls.

It was the first day that I felt like hibernating. The kind of day that you want to spend in a kitchen, warm from the oven, fuzzy slippers padding beneath you, with a pot of hot coffee on the table and a friend with whom to chat. The type of day when the overcast skies outside my window were not a source of gloom, but welcome. Because inside, the smell of baking pumpkin made everything cozy.

I ditched my routine and did just that.

On that brisk day, I met with a friend – it was a get together that was months in the making, and we were finally able to spend the morning chatting about photography and children and life in general. I had planned to have Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins ready by the time she arrived but found myself still measuring ingredients and stirring the batter as we chatted. I scooped some cinnamon chips and warned her that I was playing around with something new.

I’m glad she didn’t mind.

The aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin began to swirl in the kitchen, teasing our tastebuds. When they emerged, we called her little one over for a taste. Just when I thought her gorgeous blue eyes could not get any bigger, they brightened even more at her first nibble, and my heart melted. Her muffin disappeared and she asked for more. Here was a little darling who loved each bite of warm pumpkin, gooey cinnamon chips and morsels of walnut!

I hope you do, too.

Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins in a muffin pan.

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN MUFFINS

This easy pumpkin muffin recipe is incredibly simple to whip up! You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a couple of bowls, and in minutes you can pop it in the oven and smell them baking in the oven! Here’s how:

  1. Whisk or sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.Step by step instructions how to make Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the coconut oil and sugar. Add the eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and almond milk, and mix well.
  3. Add the flour mixture and slowly mix until just combined. Stir in the cinnamon chips and walnuts.Step by step instructions how to make Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins.
  4. Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 full. Garnish with additional cinnamon chips and crushed walnuts, if desired.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it rest for about 3 minutes before carefully removing from the tin. Enjoy!Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins | Kitchen Confidante

 

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Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins in a muffin pan.

Note: This post first appeared on October 13, 2012. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

Cinnamon Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Muffins

If you love pumpkin and cinnamon, these Cinnamon Chip Walnut Pumpkin Muffins are for you! Cinnamon spiced and moist from pumpkin, this easy pumpkin muffin recipe is perfect for fall!
Course Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 264kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoon liquid coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fresh or canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon chips plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup crushed walnuts plus more for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to at 350° F. Lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with muffin liners.
  • Whisk or sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the coconut oil and sugar. Add the eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and almond milk, and mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture and slowly mix until just combined. Stir in the cinnamon chips and walnuts.
  • Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 full. Garnish with additional cinnamon chips and crushed walnuts, if desired. Bake for approximately 20-22 minutes, or until it is a gorgeous brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let it rest for about 3 minutes before carefully removing from the tin. If they are not releasing easily, give it a little more time to rest then try again.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Pumpkin Bread, Food & Wine Magazine, November 1998.

PUMPKIN MUFFIN TIPS

Oil Substitutes: This recipe can also be made with melted and cooled unsalted butter. Olive oil or canola oil can also be used.
Mix ins: If you have trouble finding cinnamon chips, mini chocolate chips are absolutely delicious! Toffee bits are great, too. If you don't like walnuts, pecans work well. Feel free to use your favorite mix ins, this is a versatile muffin recipe.
Sugar Substitutes: Brown sugar adds a lovely texture to this muffin, but I have also made these with coconut brown sugar and it's just as wonderful.
Almond Milk Substitutes: If you prefer, regular dairy milk or buttermilk can also be used.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 3217IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. lea davenport

    Just made these muffins this afternoon and they are a big cinnamon flavor! Moist, rich and lovely. I’m happy. Since it’s cocktail time here in MT, I’m having with a bourbon. A nice little marriage. This recipe is a keeper.

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  2. Brian

    Look like such lovely muffins! And I imagine they are wonderfully moist from the pumpkin.

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  3. Jennifer

    These look so divine! You’ve inspired me to try and make a Gluten-free version for my little one.

    Reply
  4. Vijitha

    An apt post for the season. I am looking for some idea for the office potluck and I think I am going to bake your muffins. Absolutely stunning clicks. You did such an amazing job.

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  5. Maureen

    Cinnamon chips?? I suspect you’d have to live in the US of A to find those but these photos make me want these muffins! I think I’m in love.

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  6. GIna

    I’m going to be on the lookout for cinnamon chips. I can’t wait to work with my photos, you did such an amazing job. Thank you again. Yeah, my daughter goes back to school tom and hopefully I can get some work done. One of these muffins would certainly help.
    -Gina-

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    • liren

      I can just imagine all the goodies you will create with cinnamon chips when you find them, Gina :) You are the queen!

      I am SO glad you loved your pictures, it was such a fun day capturing them! I really loved it!

      Reply
  7. Laura Dembowski

    Sometimes you just need to hibernate :). That’s how I feel all winter. I love cinnamon chips. They have such an amazing flavor!

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    • liren

      Cinnamon chips are my newest love, Laura. And I do foresee a lot of hibernating in my future. I can’t wait :)

      Reply
  8. Jennifer @ Delicieux

    What gorgeous muffins Liren. I love cooking for friends and always think it’s a little special when you can share a treat with them straight from the oven. By the way, I love those adorable mini pumpkins. So cute!

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    • liren

      I do think the mini pumpkins are one of the best things about autumn, Jennifer. They make the best centerpieces!

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    • liren

      My new love! They are wonderful Lea, I hope you find them soon. I bought them at my local Safeway.

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    • liren

      I thought of you the whole time I made these, Laura! From the moment I spotted the cinnamon chips at the grocery to the time I mixed them into the muffins, I felt like you were with me that day! Thank you for introducing me to my new favorite chips :)

      Reply
  9. Jean

    The cloudy skies and occasional drizzle have been oddly welcome for me, too. I sat by my window the other day just happy to see the light shower outside.

    Sounds like a nice afternoon spent baking and catching up with your friend. The muffins look wonderful and I’d smile, too, at first bite.

    BTW, I was looking for cinnamon chips yesterday (have never used them). Where did you get yours? Happy Sunday!

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    • liren

      Wasn’t it nice to have that drizzly day? I do think I am ready for autumn, and it’s odd to think that the warm weather will return later this week.

      I found the cinnamon chips at Safeway! After seeing Laura (Tutti Dulci) use them, I squealed when I saw them at the store :)

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  10. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    What gorgeous photos ~ you’re such a pro, Liren ! I love how you described your day and what a great recipe. I don’t bake too often with pumpkin, but now I think I found a perfect recipe to start with. Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming story and snack idea! Happy Sunday :-)

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    • liren

      Thank you so much, Betty Ann :) I just love pumpkin at this time of year…such a versatile veggie, and so delicious in all sorts of baked goods :) I’m hooked! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

      Reply
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