Pumpkin corn muffins with honey sage butter

These pumpkin corn muffins are the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Serve them with a fall soup, stew or chili or, eat them alongside breakfast.

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Have you ever tried to pare down your pantry stock? We’re about a month out from moving and I’m determined to not have to dedicate boxes to canned/boxed/bagged food. But, I’m a total pantry hoarder so this is quite the challenge.

Currently, on the floor of my hallway pantry you will find no less than 3 jugs of maple syrup, 2 huge containers of extra virgin olive oil, multiple 5lb. bags of flour, 4 jars of almond butter, 2 jars of peanut butter, 1 jar of coconut butter and yet only one little can of pumpkin from last year.

Above that, there are cans upon cans of beans, chicken/vegetable broth, coconut milk, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, whole tomatoes and a whole lotta nuts.

I hate running out of things mid recipe, hence the stockpile. However, making meals with all of this stuff without having to buy other supplemental food items is practically impossible. I look at those jugs of maple syrup and for a split second my mind goes to the pasta scene in Elf and I think “hmm, maybe?”.

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So instead of tackling the maple syrup, beans and tomato problem I have on hand, I went for the lone can of pumpkin and came out with these. Pumpkin I can do.

But now that the pumpkin is gone, I’m going to apologize in advance for what may come out of this blog in the next month.

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If I end up on here trying to convince you to make some disgusting maple syrup, canned tomato and peanut butter concoction, just excuse the temporary insanity and make a pumpkin corn muffin instead.

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Pumpkin corn muffins with honey sage butter
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These pumpkin corn muffins are the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Serve them with a fall soup, stew or chili or, eat them alongside breakfast.
Recipe type: muffins
Serves: 10
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
Honey sage butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together remaining wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins until about ¾ full.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes until tops are starting to turn golden brown around the edges.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  8. While muffins are cooling, mix together the honey sage butter ingredients with a spoon in a small bowl.
  9. Serve the muffins warm with the butter.


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  1. 1

    As usual, these look incredible. I can’t wait to try them!

    In terms of the Maple Syrup… why not try making Maple Butter? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_butter

  2. 3

    Drooling over these gorgeous muffins!! Also a good reminder I’m out of cornmeal. Love!!

  3. 4

    Yes, yes, yes! I NEED these in my life. All I need is a can of pumpkin puree and I’m golden.

    Quick question – would the recipe work just as well with regular all-purpose flour? Any adjustments you’d recommend?

    • 5
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I think you’d be fine replacing all purpose for the whole wheat pastry flour but I would still use the cornmeal. Not sure about replacing both the cornmeal & whole wheat with the all purpose, that might change the ratios a bit.

  4. 6

    Why woulda thought of pairing pumpkin with corn! Cornbread meets pumpkin sounds ah-may-zing! Delish.

  5. 7

    i love this creation! it’s so creative to make regular corn muffins into a Fall treat!

  6. 8

    Oh my gosh, these with a pot of chili? I see a football Sunday meal in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 9

    they look yummy!

  8. 10

    Peanut butter and syrup was a childhood staple… on pancakes, in sandwiches, on bananas, on toast, by the (large) spoonful. My moms side of the family all keep some mixed up in the fridge, I think! (Just leave out the tomatoes!)
    btw… these muffins sound delish!

  9. 11

    I absolutely adore corn muffins and adding pumpkin seems like a logical (and delicious) thing to do for the fall season. I will definitely be trying these! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. 12

    Corn muffins are the best – even better with pumpkin during this season!

  11. 13

    I love pumpkin and Greek yogurt, so I’m all about this recipe! I’ve never made sage butter, but it sounds great.

  12. 14

    I ate one of these for lunch. I didn’t know if I’d like whole wheat flour and pumpkin in cornbread muffins, but I did. I topped them maple butter after seeing the suggestion in the comments. Thanks!


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