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 Pumpkin Spice Kefir, and applesauce add sweetness and fiber, plus pumpkin is a natural source of vitamin A that is excellent for skin and immune system health.
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- For the Muffins:
- 1 3/4 cup gluten-free oat flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar
- 1/2 cup unrefined light brown sugar (lightly packed)
- 1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin pureé
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup Lifeway Pumpkin Spice Lowfat Kefir
- For the Crumb Topping:
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup unrefined cane sugar
- 1/4 cup unrefined light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 6 tbsp. butter or butter alternative
- For the Maple Icing:
- 1 1/2 cup natural confectioners' sugar
- 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. more Lifeway Pumpkin Spice Kefir
- 2 tbsp. rolled oats for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until well combined. set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the sugars, pumpkin puree, applesauce, and Lifeway Pumpkin Spice Kefir 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 and sprinkle rolled oats on, then let cool a few minutes before serving. Tip: You can keep the icing in an air tight container in the fridge if you have some leftover!