The air is crisp, the coffee is hot, and the muffin flavor of everyone’s choice is pumpkin spice! Our Streusel Pumpkin Muffins with Oat Maple Glaze are a fabulous fall-inspired treat loaded with wholesome ingredients. Real pumpkin, Lifeway Oat, and applesauce add sweetness and fiber, plus #pumpkin is a natural source of vitamin A and #plantbased iron. Bake up a batch of these seasonal vegan delights tonight and you’ll wake up to pumpkin spice paradise in the morning.
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- For the Muffins:
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup avocado or vegetable oil of choice
- 1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar
- 1/2 cup unrefined light brown sugar (lightly packed)
- 1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin pureé
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup Lifeway Vanilla Oat
- For the Crumb Topping:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1/4 cup unrefined cane sugar
- 1/4 cup unrefined light brown sugar
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 6 tbsp vegan butter (spread, not sticks)
- For the Maple Icing:
- 1 1/2 cup natural confectioners' sugar
- 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. more Lifeway Vanilla Oat
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until well combined. set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk oil, sugars, pumpkin puree, applesauce, and Lifeway Vanilla Oat until well combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold everything together gently until combined.
- Fill liners until mostly full.
- Make the crumble topping by whisking flour, sugars, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined. Mix in the melted butter until crumbs form.
- Bake for 5 minutes at 425, and then reduce the temperature to 350, and bake for an additional 16 minutes, or until you can pull out a clean toothpick from the center of a muffin.
- Allow the muffins to dry and mix together all icing ingredients until smooth. Top muffins with icing when ready to eat. You can keep the icing in an air tight container in the fridge.