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Whole Wheat Flax Bran Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy, good for you, pumpkin muffins, made with whole wheat flour, flax, and oat bran! They’re loaded with lots of flavor and are so moist! These Pumpkin Muffins would be a perfect healthy breakfast or snack!

Whole Wheat Flax Bran Pumpkin Muffins | Fabtastic Eats

I bought everything to do my own shellac manicure at home. Basically I was pretty much tired of spending so much at the salon all time time. The initial investment was nothing, and it pays for itself and more in just two manicures. Everyone was raving about how great it is, how long it lasts, how much money you save, how easy it is, etc. I did my first one last night, and here’s my problem with it…it took FOREVER. Like A full two episodes of Boardwalk Empire. I couldn’t believe it. I’m praying that it was just because it was my first time and I was being super careful. Hopefully I start to get the hang of things otherwise, I’ll probably never end up doing it.

Whole Wheat Flax Bran Pumpkin Muffins | Fabtastic Eats

How long into the winter do you run outside with your kids? There is a gym here that has “in-sight”care, which is basically a room where the kids play and there are treadmills, elliptical’s, etc. facing the kids so you can watch them while you work out. I’ve tried it once, and ended up having to leave after 15 minutes. My ten month old is a littler dare-devil and would climb up the stairs and go down the slide face first over and over again, giving me a few minor heart attacks. He thought it was hilarious, but after a little while, he started hitting his head, or getting tired and would just scream! It was kind of a disaster.

Whole Wheat Flax Bran Pumpkin Muffins | Fabtastic Eats

It’s so cold outside, and bundling my kids all up is kind of a lot of work, and Ive been using that excuse to not go run. It’s lame, I know. Plus the stroller crashed a couple times, so my two year old is petrified if I go any faster than a walking pace. Oops. Anyone have any tips or tricks for Fall/Winter workouts with kids? Please don’t say living room workouts, other than JM 30 day shred, I hate them. Though I hear T-25 is pretty effective? I just really enjoy running.

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Speaking of being healthy, these pumpkin muffins! They’re low-fat, low-cal, made with whole wheat flour, ground flax seed, and oat bran. There is no butter or oil, they probably sound really bland? Absolutely not! My mom and grandmother thought they would be dense little rocks since a lot of “healthier” muffins turn out that way..but I am happy to report that they were pleasantly surprised. I made a big batch for my mom to take to work in the mornings, and my dad and brothers ended up eating about 3/4 of them..they had no idea that these were good-for-you muffins! I call that a win!

Whole Wheat Flax Bran Pumpkin Muffins | Fabtastic Eats

Whole Wheat Flax Bran Pumpkin Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 24 Muffins

Whole Wheat Flax Bran Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy, good for you, pumpkin muffins, made with whole wheat flour, flax, and oat bran! They're loaded with lots of flavor and are so moist! These Pumpkin Muffins would be a perfect healthy breakfast or snack!


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup ground flax-seed
  • 3/4 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray and flour the cups of two cupcake pans.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, flax, bran, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the pumpkin, milk, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla, whisk together until combined.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together with a rubber spatula until just mixed.
  6. Stir in the chopped pecans.
  7. Fill the muffins cups about 2/3 the way full.
  8. Pop into the oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Then lower the temp to 350 and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Check to see if they're done by inserting a toothpick down the middle. If they're not cook in additional 3 minute increments.

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  • Reply Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    Umm…These are perfect, amazing, beautiful and I want them now.

    October 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah you’re amazing, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Love these healthy muffins–my son would be all over these!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you! My son was! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      October 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    It’s like you were reading my mind! I’ve been enjoying waaaay more than my fair share of fall baking. Since I don’t exactly want to give it up, I’ve been trying to lighten it up and these muffins are a perfect solution!

    October 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahaha this cooler weather is dangerous for our waistlines! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you try and enjoy!

      October 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies

    I always get excited about healthy pumpkin muffins! They look good. Keep me updated if the shellac gets any easier — I almost bought a kit for $70, but I mostly like french tips and think I’d make a huge mess of them.

    October 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Oh don’t buy the entire starter kit, I read that it comes with unnecessary product! Just buy the things individually! I’ll let you know that, hopefully it gets better. French tips are my fav too, Im contemplating trying it myself.I feel like that would take me three hours….

      October 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply DessertForTwo

    Finally, a healthy pumpkin recipe! I’ve been eating too many pumpkin desserts ๐Ÿ˜‰

    October 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah ooooh me too! Such a decadent season!

      October 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Tracey

    I just made pumpkin muffins this morning, but they were definitely on the decadent side of things ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta try this healthier recipe, they sound awesome! We’ve only just begun to have really cold weather here and I’m already over it, huddled under a blanket on the couch wearing layers. Good for you trying to get out there to run with 2 little ones!

    October 25, 2013 at 1:01 am
    • Reply Alaina

      haha most of the time you’ll find me huddled under blankets on the couch too, I really have to pep myself up to go outside! lol Thanks for the muffin love ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I desperately need something healthy and delicious like this in my life!! The past week has been full of fried foods, lots of bread and sugar, so these would make me feel just a tiny bit better about myself…

    October 25, 2013 at 2:12 am
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah we’ve all had those weeks…totally worth it, life’s all about balance right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you enjoy!

      October 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run

    these look incredible! making these this Fall for sure!

    October 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy!

      October 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    Wanna send some of your cold my way?! It’s still too hot here! I love these healthy muffins!

    October 26, 2013 at 5:22 am
    • Reply Alaina

      haha I’d be happy too! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    Made these today! Very yummy warm and with a smudge of butter! I halved the brown sugar and added a mashed banana and sprinkled in a tablespoon or two of chia seeds in the batter. Great recipe, thank you for sharing!

    March 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins | Pretty Little Grub

    […] got the basis of my recipe for the muffins from Fabtasic Eats but I made a significant amount of changes to make them healthier (minus the addition of chocolate […]

    September 10, 2014 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Connie

    What is the calorie count per muffin?

    November 8, 2014 at 2:33 am
    • Reply Alaina

      I don’t post them, because it’s different based on what brand ingredients you’re using and other things, but there are plenty of sites online that you can plug a recipe into to get an idea. hope this helps!

      November 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    This are sensational. Whole family loved them. And healthy – compare against any other pumpkin recipe. Will make these for life thank you so much.

    June 6, 2015 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply lisa

    you should give credit where credit is due. this a bob’s red mill recipe from their ground flax seed package. you just subbed pumpkin for the carrots and apples.

    August 2, 2015 at 9:38 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Hi lisa, I’ve never bought that particular package, and Ive never used a recipe off the back of any package ever, so if it’s similar, what a funny coincidence!

      August 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm
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  • Reply Kathrina

    I made these yesterday (with a few personal tweaks) and they are delicious! I will definitely make them again. Thanks for a great recipe!

    November 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh Im so happy that you love them! thank you!

      November 7, 2016 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Carly

    I was excited about the recipe but as I was reading the ingredients, there is 1 cup of brown sugar in these. That instantly takes away the claim that these are healthy.

    July 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm
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