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Spiced Maple Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Tender and moist, nutritious with whole grain flour, naturally sweetened with maple syrup and generously studded with tart dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds, make these maple cranberry pumpkin muffins your entry into pumpkin madness season!!

Spiced Maple Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins one muffin broken in half showing inside

Just when you think you’re safe and not going there, the bug hits. You try to ignore them and then all the pumpkin recipes smash right into you–everywhere you go! Pumpkin recipes–they’re rampant. As you can see, I got caught. I couldn’t let the season go by without sharing this recipe for super-moist pumpkin-spiced muffins.

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Grab 2 bowls, one for the wet, one for the dry. Whisk everything together, scoop into muffin tins, (Affiliate link)  and bake. Easy. You gotta love muffins!

mixing pumpkins and cranberries into Spiced Maple Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

After your muffins are out of the oven and you’ve had your first bite, pat yourself on the back. You’ve made a batch of incredibly delicious pumpkin-spiced muffins! Bet you can’t eat just one.

unbaked Spiced Maple Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins in muffin tins

If the pumpkin wave hasn’t splashed your world yet, it’s time. Dive in and blend cinnamon and her spicy friends into your own homemade pumpkin pie spice mix.

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Spiced Maple Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins recipe details:

  • Dried cranberries are generally sweetened with cane sugar, but you can find them sweetened with apple juice. (Affiliate link) Be sure to check the label.
  • A multi-purpose ice cream scoop drops uniform clean portions of muffin batter into tins. The handy scoops come in different sizes–look for a number engraved on the metal bar that moves inside the scoop—the number tells approximately how many scoops to a quart. My go-to muffin scoop is a (#16), which holds a little less than 1/3 cup, like this one, (Affiliate link) or this one. (Affiliate link)
  • Pumpkin and chocolate go together like Cinderella and her glass slipper. If you’d like, stir ½ to ¾ cup of chocolate morsels into your batter, instead of or along with the cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
  • At Thanksgiving, instead of dinner rolls, Robbie’s family always served pumpkin bread. These pumpkin muffins are a riff off the Pumpkin Pecan Bread from my Chocolate Snowball cookbook. (Affiliate link)

Maple Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins in basket

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What is “White” Whole Wheat Flour?

  • “White” whole wheat flour is ground from white wheat berries. It’s a whole grain flour, which means it includes the bran, germ, and endosperm of the wheat grain, just like they grind regular whole wheat flour from hard red wheat berries. These two flours are basically interchangeable.
  • I like white whole wheat flour for baking because of its lighter color and flavor. Organic white wheat flour used to be easy to find at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods but I don’t see it as often on the shelves. I buy it at Natural Grocers (Affiliate link) or through Amazon. (Affiliate link.)

Make it a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and bake something pumpkin-y!

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** This is an update of the spiced cranberry maple muffins I posted several years ago. It was time to bring this awesome recipe to the front of the blog!

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Nutrition Facts
Spiced Maple Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 251mg11%
Potassium 174mg5%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 5600IU112%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • I’ve been bit by that bug too! I just found myself converting a apple strudel recipe into a pumpkin strudel recipe. However, these photos are so sumptuous that my pumpkin bug bite may have had its itch scratched. GREG Reply · 25 October, 2015

  • Love that this is without sugar! Thanks!
    Where do you find unsweetened cranberries? Reply · 6 September, 2019

    • Good question. Apple-juice sweetened cranberries. They used to sell them at Whole Foods but now that it’s Jeff’s store no more. I think you’ll have to call around to the best health food store in your area. Or have you ever ordered from Vitacost? They sell them online. With the recipe, I linked to an Amazon product but it is expensive. You should be able to find them somewhere local for a decent price.
      Letty Reply · 6 September, 2019

  • I love pumpkin and fresh cranberries! These muffins look so fluffy and perfect…I’d love to try them with oat flour! Reply · 8 September, 2019

    • Good idea. Next time I make them I’ll use oat flour. Reply · 9 September, 2019

  • Please report, as then the recipe would be gluten free. That is valuable information for me. Thanks! Reply · 9 September, 2019

  • That looks perfect for the fall season! Bet it’s gonna taste even better Reply · 19 September, 2019

    • Thank you! Be sure to add chocolate chips! Reply · 21 September, 2019

  • Anna

    Mmmm! I’m sure they’re extremely delicious! I do adore both pumpkin and cranberries. Thank you for this fall recipe 🙂 Reply · 24 September, 2019

    • Thank you Anna! You will truly love these muffins! Reply · 24 September, 2019

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