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Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Tender pumpkin muffins are studded with apples and topped with a delicious brown sugar, bacon streusel topping.

School this year will look very different for my kids. Since I have an autoimmune disease and I also have heart issues, I've decided to keep my kids home for the first semester of school. Luckily, they are old enough that if I do have to return to work, they will still be able to do their school work as needed. Plus hubs works afternoon shift, so he'll be home to make sure they log in to online learning on time.

Them being home all day, might lead to an increase in snacking. My go to for readily available snacks, that aren't full of chemicals and preservatives, is muffins. Especially with the colder weather, my kids seem to have become bottomless pits. They are constantly hungry and I figured muffins would be great snacks for them. 

These muffins are SO delicious. Slightly sweet with bursts of tart apples and a smoky sweet bacon streusel topping. The kids inhaled 2 each, the day I made them. 2 days later, there is only 2 muffins left! I know many of you are probably leery about bacon, in a sweet recipe, but trust me, the bacon streusel is phenomenal.

Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel

Streusel topping:
1/2 C flour
1/4 C brown sugar
4 Tbs butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 C pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1 1/4 C flour
1 C sugar
2 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 C pumpkin
1 egg
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 Tbs flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

In a small mixing bowl combine the 1/2 C flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the crumbled bacon and pumpkin seeds. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the 1 1/4 C flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, egg and vegetable oil. Toss the apple with the remaining Tbs of flour.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing until just about combined. Add in the apples and mix until everything is just combined; making sure not to over mix.

Scoop 1/4 C of batter into each muffin tin well. Evenly sprinkle the bacon streusel on top of the batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the largest muffin, comes out clean.

Let cool 5 minutes, before removing from muffin tin, to a wire rack.

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  1. These look amazingly substantial!

  2. Wow, I have never heard of any recipe like this, but they sound delicious! I will definitely have to be trying this recipe out. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you for stopping in. I hope you take the time to try the muffins. So worth it :)

  3. These sound delish! I wonder if you can just substitute gluten free flour for the wheat flour?

    1. I'm not very versed in using gluten free flour, but I've read that for every 1 cup of flour you need in the recipe, remove 2 tablespoons of the gluten free blend and substitute with 2 tablespoons gluten free cornstarch. Hopefully that works!

  4. I so would have never thought of the bacon twist! Going to have to try it!

    1. It add a nice salty contrast to the sweet muffin. Definitely worth a try :)

  5. I’m not huge on sweets in general and cakes specifically, but these look soooo yummy and I can’t wait to try them out myself 😋

  6. You always have the tastiest recipes!

  7. These look delicious! I’m always so leery of pumpkins in snacks as I’ve never been a fan of the flavour, but these might make me venture out of my comfort zone!

    1. You really don't taste the pumpkin all that much, just the nice warm blend of spices :)

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting. I look forward to sharing with you again :)

  9. I ll love try this recipe! It is so good and healthy. I need to make it 😋

  10. Such a cool recipe even with the added bacon. So thankful you are sharing at Love Your Creativity. Happy Sunday.

  11. Cindy,
    OMG, these muffins are calling my name. Yummy. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky Party. I hope you stop by.

    1. What a wonderful surprise. Thank you so much for stopping in, and for featuring these muffins this week. See you at the party!

  12. Oh my word do these muffins sound delicious! You had me at pumpkin and sold me on bacon. My coffee and I need one of these this cool September morning.


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