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Butternut Spice Oat Muffins

This week it’s going to be all about simple, quick recipes because we’re still recovering from an amazing holiday on the east coast. It was a quick trip but we had a great time with family and friends. Being away from the farm kitchen was amazing for a few days and it felt great to take a break from being the head cook and let others do their thing. I got a lot of inspiration and cannot wait to try and re-create a few dishes. The recipe I’m most anxious to try at home is a creamy (vegan) celeriac soup that my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I all enjoyed while dining out for lunch in Concord, MA. It was one of the best soups I’ve ever had and I hope I can create something half as good! Stay tuned.

Now that we’re settling back into being home it’s nice standing in front of my own stove while Henry eats all the crumbs and I get to methodically stir a bowl of muffin batter. It’s amazing how much you can miss something so basic, yet somehow feel completely grounded when you’re back at it. Home sweet home!

These butternut spice oat muffins are a lovely morning treat and are perfect when dunked into a cup of piping hot coffee. They’re sweet (but not too sweet) and the butternut squash puree lends a subtle nuttiness that I just adore. If you roast or steam your squash in advance these muffins are a breeze to prepare. Not only are these extremely moist, but they’re hearty and will help jumpstart any busy morning. I couldn’t resist adding some chocolate chips and had a heavy hand with the spices (both of which took these muffins to a whole new level!) I hope you all love these as much as we do. Pour a cup of coffee, whip out your wooden spoon and get baking!

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.

Butternut Spice Oat Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 25 minutes    Serves: 12 muffins

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup cooked and firmly packed butternut squash puree (can substitute with pumpkin if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup walnut oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a standard size muffin tin and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, butternut squash, milk and oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups and bake in the oven until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of a muffin, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the pan before gently removing them and placing on a wire rack to cool completely. Store muffins at room temperature in a ziplock bag or sealed container for 3 days.


*Cooking times will very from kitchen to kitchen

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7 thoughts on “Butternut Spice Oat Muffins

  1. Christine says:

    Looks delicious! Have about that much butternut squash leftover. We will try it. What is the name of the restaurant where you enjoyed the yummy soup? Thats my neck of the woods! I go over there often and am always looking for new places for a nice bite to eat. Glad you had a nice visit!

    1. Andrea says:

      Hi Christine! The restaurant was Bondir. The food was fantastic and that soup was to die for! Let me know if you end up going there. Happy New Year! xo

  2. Stacy says:

    I just need any recipe that encourages my daughter (and me) to eat vegetables. Especially for breakfast. Do you think I could use butter as a substitute for oil? I’m currently out right now. Thanks for the recipe and I’m seriously looking forward to that celeriac soup recipe.

  3. Diana says:

    I’m having a problem with one of your ingredients. “old fashioned rolled files” is it possible that spell checker got you?

    1. Andrea says:

      oats! thanks for the catch.

  4. Katie says:

    Why do you use suggest the oils that you do? I’m already getting butternut squash in my CSA (it’s june!) and am looking for ways to use it!

  5. Willow Cohen says:

    Just wanted to share, this is my go-to muffin for breakfast, before a long run, cycling or skiing, and for a pick-me-up snack. I add dried cranberries instead of chocolate chip (and sometimes with!), and they are just the best. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

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