‘Pump’ It Up Muffins

‘Pump’ It Up Muffins

At first I was going to make mini muffins to have as a snack option. In the end, however, I decided to go all the way and make six big muffins that I can have for breakfast options instead! I’ve dubbed them “Pump” It Up Muffins – thanks to the extra “power” provided by oats and flax. I hope that’s a somewhat original name!

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate chips (divided evenly)
  • Cinnamon to taste

Combine ingredients in a bowl (leave out the chocolate chips at first). Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray and evenly distribute the muffin mix into each cup. Stick chocolate chips on top. Bake at 375* for 25 to 30 minutes.



So they look super scrumptious and all, but my favorite part about pumpkin pie is the crust. I thought to myself, what could I use to mimic the crust and still be somewhat light and healthy?

Two words: TEDDY GRAHAMS!!!!!!

A perfect imitation of a graham cracker crust. Plus, they’re adorable! :mrgreen:

Each muffin has 180 calories and 7 grams of fiber!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rika May 9, 2008 at 11:11 pm

those ARE adorable! <3 looks delish too- and i love the healthyness- especially how theres only 1 tbsp of brown sugar 😉

good job!


2 RLS May 30, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Oh wow! These will definitely be on my to do list next week… soo cute!!!

I love your recipes


3 ruby red vegan June 3, 2008 at 12:06 am

Oh my goodness, I didn’t know muffins could be cute — but these are the cutest muffins I have ever seen! And they’re super-healthy. Go you!


4 Jenn June 3, 2008 at 12:10 am

Rika ~ Thank you! I’m all for skimping on the brown sugar when there are other sweet ingredients!

Beck ~
Thanks, let me know how they turn out if you do make them!

ruby red vegan ~ Thank you! The teddy grahams were a last minute find, but I’m so glad I remembered them because they really make the muffin :)


5 ChocolateCoveredVegan June 10, 2008 at 11:56 am

Awww, sooo cute with the teddy grahams!


6 Sharon August 20, 2008 at 2:58 pm

HAHAHAHHA, I love the teddy grahams!

I seriously couldn’t stop laughing! Look carefully, there are bears that have their hands up and some bears that have their hands down!


7 eatingbender August 20, 2008 at 10:33 pm

CCV ~ Haha, thanks :)

Sharon ~ I didn’t notice that before! Haha, I love it!!


8 coco November 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm

oh……those teddies are so cute!!!!!!~~~~~~


9 eatingbender November 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm

coco ~ Thanks :)


10 Laura November 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm

they do look great! I definitely want to try them out! One question, how many oz of pumpkin are in the can that you call for? Thanks!


11 Andrea [bellaeats] November 23, 2008 at 8:32 pm

These are soooo cute and delicious looking! I will definitely have to try them…what a great breakfast option!


12 eatingbender November 23, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Laura ~ Good question! It was the smaller, 15 oz. can of Libby’s. I will change the recipe to reflect that – thanks :)


13 eatingbender November 23, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Andrea ~ Thanks! Let me know if you do try them :)


14 runjess November 24, 2008 at 9:34 am

Love the teddy grahams!


15 laci February 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

Wow these are SO cute! I love the little bears, I am definatly trying this recipe with bunnie grahams! 😀


16 eatingbender February 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm

runjess ~ Thanks!

laci ~ Let me know what you think if you do try them!


17 makenna February 18, 2009 at 12:18 am

thank you thank you for this base! I just made a batch, with some random substitutions based on a lack of ingredients! This sounds like a lot of subs, but your recipe was actually an amazing base

here’s what I did — (no pumpkin, added a banana and a chopped apple, replaced applesauce with yogurt, had no flour so I used 1c. oats and 1/2 c. fiber one (didn’t need the extra 1/2 cup oats to make up for the 1 c. flour, threw in some raisins, a splash of maple syrup, a splash of milk, and of course lots of cinn), and I have 9 pretty huge looking muffins ready to bake tommorow morning sitting in my fridge!


18 eatingbender February 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

makenna ~ Haha, I’m glad I could provide a good base for you :) Your substitutions definitely sound amazing. I hope that you enjoyed your muffins!


19 Jessica March 26, 2009 at 6:15 am

I keep forgetting to comment here.

I made these muffins a few weeks ago before a trip, for a healthy, filling snack for the plane.

The only change I made was using spelt flour instead of whole wheat and I added a tbsp of butterscotch chips on top of the chocolate and mixed half of both chips into the batter.

They turned out really, really great. I loved how dense and moist they were and although mine turned out a little flat (probably b/c of the spelt) they were still awesome. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be making these again for sure.


20 Jenn (eating bender) March 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Jessica ~ Awesome! I love the changes you made – butterscotch chips especially sound amazing. Thanks for checking back and letting me know – I really appreciate it :)


21 insideiamdancing September 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I made these and LOVED them- I omitted the grahams (can’t get them here :( ) and chocolate chips, but they turned out great! I also used an apple pear puree (all I could get). Oh, and subbed the flax- one batch, I used 1 egg, and the second batch used 2 egg whites. Couldn’t tell the difference but will use a whole egg from now on… I feel bad throwing away yolks!


22 alyssa December 18, 2009 at 8:10 am

I would love to make these but I do not have any flax in the house. Can I use anything else? Maybe just skip it all together?


23 Jenn (eating bender) January 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Hi Alyssa ~ I definitely think you could omit the flax — maybe use an egg instead to keep everything together. Let me know if you try them!


24 ohshineon January 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I’ll definitely be making these soon, though I may try subbing greek yogurt for the applesauce. Think that’ll work? I love the teddy grams — super cute. Too bad I’ll be biting their heads off…


25 Jenn (eating bender) January 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

I think Greek yogurt could definitely work! It might be a little more tangy and a little less sweet, but worth a try for sure. :) The teddy grams are my favorite part, though it is too bad they are too delicious not to bite their heads off…


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