Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

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Vegan Pumpkin Muffins are perfect for your next Fall baking fix! They are made with just 7 simple ingredients, and are gluten-free and egg-free for anyone who has special dietary needs. My kids love how light & fluffy they turn out.

vegan pumpkin muffin on black plate

This recipe reminds me of Pumpkin Bread, but muffins are significantly faster to bake, and are already portioned for you.

They make an easy breakfast or snack on the go, and they are even nut-free, so they are safe to send to school!

vegan pumpkin muffins stacked

Ingredients You’ll Need

These muffins are made with oat flour, which is simply rolled oats ground into a very fine texture. You can make homemade oat flour, or buy it at the store for convenience.

If you need this recipe to be gluten-free, be sure to look for certified gluten-free oats, to avoid any cross contamination during processing.

vegan pumpkin muffin ingredients in glass bowls

Here’s what’s inside these muffins:

  • Oat flour
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Maple syrup
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Baking powder
  • Coconut oil (or other mild-flavored oil)
  • Salt

I use a jar of pumpkin pie spice, so you don’t have to get out several jars of spices, but you can also make your own pumpkin pie spice blend at home!

You’ll need to have cinnamon, ginger, and cloves on hand to get a similar flavor.

How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

  1. Mix the batter. In a large bowl, combine the 7 ingredients and mix well. I like to use a whisk to break up any clumps in the flour, but keep in mind that the batter will get thicker the more you stir it. Oat flour is very absorbent! This works best if your ingredients are at room temperature. If your maple syrup is cold from the fridge, it will cause the coconut oil to harden and thicken up the batter. (It should still bake fine, though!)
  2. Fill the muffin pan. Line a muffin pan with 12 liners, and divide the batter between the 12 cups. They should be slightly over half-way full.
  3. Bake. Let the muffins bake for 25 minutes at 350ºF. They should rise and crack on top when they are finished.
  4. Enjoy! Allow the muffins to cool for at least 30 minutes, then serve them plain, or with your favorite topping.

My daughter loves these pumpkin muffins so much, she has asked me to add frosting to them for her birthday treat. Try topping them with my sweet potato-based Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting, or coconut whipped cream for more of a pumpkin cupcake!

vegan pumpkin muffin cut in half on plate

Helpful Tips & FAQ

Can you bake this as pumpkin bread? No! I tried baking this exact recipe as a loaf instead of muffins, for 55 minutes at 350ºF, and I don’t care for the taste or texture nearly as much. I don’t know why it’s so different, but it is. Stick to muffins!

Note: Mini muffins should also work, if you prefer a bite-sized portion. Mini muffins usually cook in 15 to 18 minutes, in my experience.

Can I add a topping? Try the crumble topping on my Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins, if you’d like a streusel topping on these. It’s also made with oat flour!

Can you use a different flour? No, I don’t recommend using another flour for this recipe, as all flours will respond differently. You can check out my Buckwheat Pumpkin Bread if you would like to use buckwheat flour (which is also gluten-free).

For almond flour or coconut flour recipes, check out my Almond Flour Muffins or Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins, which both require eggs for structure.

pumpkin muffins on cooling rack

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Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins are like pumpkin bread, only they bake faster and are perfectly portioned! All you need is 7 ingredients to make this gluten-free Fall treat.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan pumpkin muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 197kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a muffin pan with 12 liners. In a large bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin, maple syrup, coconut oil, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt and use a whisk to mix it well, breaking up any clumps. This works best if your ingredients are at room temperature. If your maple syrup is cold from the fridge, it will cause the coconut oil to harden and thicken up the batter. (It should still bake fine, though!)
    vegan pumpkin muffin batter mixed in bowl
  • Divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups, filling them slightly over halfway full. Bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins rise and start to crack.
    vegan pumpkin muffins in pan
  • Let the muffins cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Store them in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to a week. Baked goods made with oat flour tend to dry out over time, so these have the best flavor and texture the first day you make them!
    finished vegan pumpkin muffins cooled down



Nutrition information is for 1 of 12 muffins. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee. 
If you want to cut back on the maple syrup slightly, I've also had success using only 2/3 cup in this recipe. My kids prefer the sweeter version, though, which is what I've posted above. 


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3179IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg

If you try these Vegan Pumpkin Muffins, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like them.

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Alexandria Phillips

I made these for the kids for a snack this morning. They were very yummy and very easy to throw together.

Dayne Conn

I absolutely love this recipe. It’s so good, yet healthy.


I LOVE this recipe! It has just the right amount of sweetness and great texture! Plus sooooo simple, too! Love that it uses oat flour, it’s one of my favorites! Thanks so much for another amazing recipe, will definitely make again 😉 Keep up the good work!!

Asitha Jayawardena

It’s good to have the recipe for vegan pumpkin muffins. Thank you 😊


Oh my word! These are perfectly sweet and the texture is soft and cakey. Soooo delish. I used homemade oat flour which is not as fine as store bought and they still turned out PERFECT! Will be making again soon!


Can u make your own oat flour by blending oatmeal in vitamix?


Can you use an oil other than coconut oil?

Amy M.

Long-time vegan baker, here, and WOW—amazing recipe! Made these today and not only were they easy, they taste incredible. I made my own oat flour using my Vitamix dry mixer (from whole oats) and used a fine mesh strainer to sift the flour. I also added 1/4 tsp of powdered ginger, because I love that extra kick. They hold their structure well (be sure to let them rest for 30 min out of the oven). Perfect with a pat of Earth Balance vegan spread and an afternoon coffee! Thanks so much, Megan, for helping us kick off pumpkin spice season with a soon-to-be cult favorite recipe!


Can’t wait to try these!
Just one question do you measure the coconut oil before melting or after?
Thank you!

    Megan Gilmore

    I melt it first, then measure. Hope you enjoy them!


      They turned out great and were just as delicious! I made my own oat flour and it worked great! Thank you for such an easy and amazing recipe!


These were SO good!!! I made them as mini muffins, same bake temp just for 13-15min. Even my kiddos liked them and they have never like anything pumpkin spice. YAY!!! Thank you for such a great recipe.


I was skeptical that these would taste too “healthy” (ie. flavorless!) but no– they were decadent. Baked as written. Very easy!


I just made these today. They are delicious! I made a double batch and they turned out great. I added 70% Dark Chocolate chips to half of the batter. Those tasted fabulous as well!
Thank you Megan!

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m glad you enjoyed the pumpkin muffins, Diana! It sounds delicious with dark chocolate chips, too.

Dayne Conn

Another great recipe. I absolutely love this. It’s so good, yet healthy.


These were excellent! I like some texture, so I didn’t process the oats super fine. Kids loved it and they took them to school every day last week for their morning snack. Always looking for some good, healthy snacks, so this was awesome!

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m so glad you & your family enjoyed the pumpkin muffins, Christina. Thanks for letting me know!

ElizabEth Santos

Delicious, everyone loved them. Will definitely be making more.


Hi Megan, I just made these and the batter was super thick, not like your pics. I reread the measurements multiple times so I’m not sure what I did wrong. They smell wonderful and will hopefully still taste good, just not sure what I did to make them so thick.


    I had the same issue! It made a lot of thick batter that didn’t rise, but they still tasted great. My husband and toddler loved them too. I just made them a second time and still had the super thick batter. Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but definitely making them all pumpkin season!

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Anne! Is it possible that the maple syrup you used was cold from the fridge? Any cold ingredient would make the coconut oil harden, which could cause the batter to thicken up. But, it should melt again in the oven, so I imagine they would bake up just fine either way. Hope you enjoy them!


These sound so good! I can’t have any form of sweetener except stevia. Will these still be good without the syrup? Also can you use almond flour?


These muffins have the perfect texture. They pair perfectly with a cup of coffee!


Can I sub the pumpkin with bananas?


Love these muffins I doubled the recipe,but didn’t double the maple syrup and used unsweetened applesauce instead of oil

Karen Stutman

Love, love, love these muffins!!
Very easy to make and so yummy😊
I am a huge fan of your recipes. Very helpful for my youngest son who has many food sensitivities. So grateful for your all of your creative efforts…

Marjorie Keller

Your Vegan Pumpkin Muffins were a definite HIT on Christmas morning:) Everyone wanted the recipe. I won’t just make them for Christmas but throughout the year. Simply delicious, and tasty!

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