Plate with pumpkin muffin.

Julia Mueller

While pumpkin muffins are the perfect treat for fall — pumpkin is a winter squash — you can make these muffins year-round using canned pureed pumpkin. This straightforward recipe turns out moist, sweet and flavorful. A delicious breakfast or brunch, you can lighten up these oil-free muffins by using less sugar and can easily make them dairy-free.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a 12-muffin tin with baking cups (or lightly spray with cooking spray if you don’t have muffin cups on hand).

Muffin tray lined with foil baking cups.

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Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ground ginger in a mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: eggs, milk and pureed pumpkin.

One mixing bowl with wet ingredients and another with dry ingredients.

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Stir together the dry ingredients until well combined. Similarly, whisk together the wet ingredients until well combined.

Two mixing bowls with stirred contents.

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Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients.

One mixing bowl with a wet mixture being stirred into a dry mix.

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Stir until a thick batter forms and everything is well combined.

Mixing bowl and spoon stirring ingredients.

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Pour batter into the lined baking cups and fill 3/4 of the way full. Place on the center rack of the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until muffins test clean when poked in the center.

Muffin cups filled with batter.

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Remove the muffins from the oven, and allow them to cool at least 20 minutes before serving, as they will stick to the muffin cups while they’re still hot..

Pan of baked muffins.

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This recipe can be made gluten-free by substituting gluten-free all-purpose flour for the regular all-purpose flour. Remove the refined sugar by using 1 cup of coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar.

Note that baking temperature and time may be slightly different for those who live at high elevation.