Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins

The other day, Trey asked me if muffins count as a pastry. I said yes, but then I started to second guess myself. Maybe not? I’d love to hear in the comments what you think the official definition of a pastry is. (Don’t Google it before, just say what you think. I’m curious!) Whatever category these Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins fall into, I am a fan of that category. Ha!

These muffins are soft, almost spring-y on the inside (the crumb) but then the tops get dusted with a handful of granola before baking, so they pack a sweet crunch. And although I would still consider these treats, they are also packed with some very breakfast-appropriate ingredients like greek yogurt, granola, and pumpkin. Although I think you can have pumpkin at any meal you like this time of year.

You can bake these in a liner so they are easy to grab and take with you (also this makes them feel very coffee shop to me) or you can butter your muffin pan before baking and get a slightly crisper edge on your muffins. Either way, they are delicious, plus super easy to bake.

Bonus points because baking these makes your whole kitchen smell like a pumpkin spice candle. Enjoy! xo. Emma

5 from 5 votes

Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins

Servings 12


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • approx. 1 cup granola for the tops


  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugars and pumpkin. Then stir in the yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract until just combined.

  2. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon to the bowl. Stir together until everything is well combined.
  3. Fill each lined or buttered muffin cup 2/3 with the batter. Top with granola. Bake at 350°F for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I consider pastries to be butter based and flaky: streudel, danish, baklava, tarts, pies, croissants.

    Lots of treats fall outside my definition of pastry as I wouldn’t consider a cake a pastry.

    • I completely agree with Ella on what type of things are pastries. Muffins are considered a quick bread, like banana or zucchini bread, baking powder biscuits, and scones.

  • I’m going with this is a fruit. 😉

    I’ve always considered danish, cinnamon rolls, etc. pastries. I feel like muffins just have their own category.

  • This made me realize I have a very loose definition of pastry. I would’ve said pretty much all the things they sell at a bakery – croissant, muffin, scone, donuts, etc etc etc. But apparently that isn’t right!

  • A pastry is anything made with pastry. Muffins and similar cakey-items fall under cake.

  • Pastries are made with a pastry dough and don’t use all purpose flour. This is because they are usually have a flaky quality to them. For example buttertarts are a pastry, or croissants. Muffins are baked goods. Though delicious not flaky.

  • These look tasty! Love the granola on top. I make pumpkin muffins for my kids all year round! My trick is a box of betty crocker carrot cake (or spice cake works too, I prefer the carrot cake flavor though) and a can of pumpkin! Mix together and bake as per box directions! I am going to try adding the granola on them this week though!

  • YUM. These look incredible. I’ll have to try them and let you know what I think. I’ve been looking for a good fall breakfast muffin recipe for awhile, but I always feel so guilty cuz it’s like I’m just eating cake for breakfast haha. These definitely look like they have breakfast-appropriate ingredients 😉 Thank you!

    Here for the food.

  • My wife just looked up baby food ideas the other day (our son is 11 months old) and said apparently muffins are great for little kiddos. This recipe is officially on the list for this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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