In today’s post I’d like to share with you a recipe that combines two of fall’s favorite foods – pumpkin and apples! Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins are a wonderful blend of pumpkin and apples plus flaxseed, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup topped with a cinnamon-brown sugar streusel.

The Recipe

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins
Yields 18
A great muffin combining fall flavors of pumpkin and apples!
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Cook Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup flaxseed
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  7. 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  8. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  9. 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  10. 2 cups finely chopped apples, peeled & cored (about 2 apples)
Streusel Topping
  1. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1 tablespoon melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat 18 muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners.
  2. Blend in a large bowl 2 cups flour, flaxseed, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat together eggs, pumpkin, oil and maple syrup. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, beating until just blended.
  3. Fold in the apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  4. For streusel: In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Drizzle melted butter over the top and blend with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over muffin batter using a teaspoon measuring spoon.
  5. Bake until toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins are made using the traditional method of making muffins in which the dry ingredients are combined in one bowl and the wet ingredients are combined in another bowl; then the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together until the dry ingredients are just moistened.

 Did You Know?

Studies have shown that apples provide some anti-cancer benefits for several different types of cancer – colon, breast and lung cancer related to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Apples may also have anti-asthma benefits as well. Having a low glycemic index (GI), apples may improve blood sugar regulation by reducing glucose absorption and by stimulating the pancreas to put out more insulin.

Apples have a moderately sweet, refreshing flavor and a tartness that is present to a greater or lesser degree depending on the variety. Red Delicious and Golden Delicious are two of the sweetest apple varieties; Granny Smith apples are the most tart.

Tart apples, which retain their texture during cooking, are often preferred for cooked desserts like apple pies. Sweeter varieties are usually eaten raw.

Apples are grown all over the world! You may find an orchard nearby this time of year where you can pick your own apples. When I was growing up my Dad took our family to Taylorsville, North Carolina each fall to buy apples by the case. It was a fun family outing!

More Apple Recipes

Here are some other Silver Foodie recipes containing apples that you might like:

German Apple Pancakes in the post Breakfast & Brunch 3

Baked Sliced Apples in the post Brunch & Breakfast 4

Nutty Apple Muffins in the post Muffin Mania 3

Applesauce Spice Muffins in the post Muffin Mania 2

Morning Glory Muffins and Walnut Apple Crisp in the post Autumn Apple Delights

I hope you’ll try one or more of these recipes and enjoy pumpkin and/or apples soon!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins — 39 Comments

  1. Janet, oh my pumpkin-apple muffins! I am drinking coffee and these would taste so good right now. Saving this recipe…Happy Sunday! Pam @ Everyday Living

  2. Hi Pam, Thanks for the kind words and visit! Hope you’re doing well this early Sunday morning! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  3. Janet – these look so good!! I love a not too sweet muffin! Thanks for sharing on the What?s for Dinner link

  4. Hi Helen, Thank you, I think the pumpkin balances out the sweetness of the apples. Hope you have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  5. These sound delicious, I love muffins for breakfast and these are great for fall. I will have to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. These sound amazing! I love all the pumpkin and apple recipes in the fall, so why not put them together?! ? Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictories linkup!

  7. Hi Jasmine, Thanks for your kind words – I love muffins, too! I hope you enjoy these & come back again soon! Blessings, Janet

  8. Hi Danita, I agree, and I think these muffins combine pumpkin and apple so well! Thanks for stopping by and for hosting #SmallVictories Link Up! Blessings, Janet

  9. Hi Janet! These sound delicious! I live in apple country here in PA. My favorites are honeycrisp! yum! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! We enjoy seeing great ideas each week!

  10. Hi Lori, How fortunate are you to live in apple country! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! Thanks also for hosting Dishing It and Digging It! Blessings, Janet

  11. Hi Charlene, I hope you do get a chance to make these yummy muffins! Thanks for hosting the Family Joy Blog and I’ll see you there Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  12. Thank you for linking your recipe at the Let’s Get Real Weekly Link Party. Hope I see more from you next Thursday at Cooking On A Budget. Have a great weekend and don’t be surprised if you are featured!

  13. What a perfect fall muffin! I am really getting in the fall spirit. Now if only Mother Nature would catch on ? Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

  14. These will be perfct fall muffins! Thanks so much for sharing with us today at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  15. Hi Patty, It’s always my pleasure to link up with Let’s Get Real Link Party! Thanks for the heads up and I hope you have a great week-end, too! A week from today I have my 50th high school reunion so I’m looking forward to next week-end! Blessings, Janet

  16. Hi Josette, I’m with you, streusel makes anything better! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to make these muffins soon! Blessings, Janet

  17. Hi Carlee, I know what you mean – we’re still wearing shorts here in NC! I’m really looking forward to some cooler weather so I can sit out on the deck more. Thanks for your kind comments and visit! Blessings, Janet

  18. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for the nice comments! Hope you have a nice weekend as well! Thanks for hosting Full Plate Thursday! Blessings, Janet

  19. Wow, you are full on fall!! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Throwback Thursday!


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  21. What a great recipe. I bet these would go down really well at a tea party. I’d love to give making these a go.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  22. Hi Sally, I hope you’ll give these muffins a try, and I think they’d be great at a tea party! Thanks for your kind comments and visit! Blessings, Janet

  23. They sound yummy! I guess there is definitely some truth to the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. ? Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  24. These look absolutely delicious. I wouldn’t have thought to mix pumpkin with apples, but now that you have me thinking about it I must admit it sounds great.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope you’ll come back again next Friday when we open our doors again at 12 AM EST.

  25. These sound incredible and now that the weather where we are is finally cooling down (starting tomorrow) I feel like I can truly get into the fall spirit ? Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

  26. Hi Angie, Thanks for your nice comments and visit! I wish it would cool down here in NC! Thanks for hosting Funtastic Friday! Blessings, Janet

  27. Hi Crystal, Thanks for the encouraging words about the Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins! I hope you have a chance to make them soon! Thanks for hosting #HomeMattersParty and I’ll see you next week! Blessings, Janet

  28. I can never get enough pumpkin and these muffins are calling my name. Love the flaxseed addition too. I heard there would be a shortage of canned pumpkin this year. Hope not!

  29. Hi Johanne, I hadn’t heard about the possible shortage of canned pumpkin – I’ll have to run out and buy some more! Thanks for your visit! Blessings, Janet

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