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Easy Pumpkin Muffins for Toddlers

This is the EASIEST Pumpkin Muffin recipe you will EVER make! This one-bowl muffin recipe has just 2 ingredients (plus water) so they are easy enough to make with even the littlest kids, and they taste FANTASTIC!

2 pumpkin muffins stacked on each other

Are you ready to make the easiest muffin recipe you will ever make?

Not only are these muffins super easy to make, but they taste delicious - perfectly moist, soft, with the perfect texture:

hand holding pumpkin muffin cut in half to show the texture of the inside

Related: 60+ Delicious Muffins for Toddlers

3 Ingredient muffins

Then grab a box of spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin puree, a cup of water, and a mixing bowl. Mix it all together in one bowl, pour into your prepared muffin pan, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-22 minutes.

pumpkin muffin batter being spooned into a muffin tin

The hardest part will be waiting for these muffins to cool before you can taste one!

pumpkin muffins on a cooling rack

Related recipe: Egg and Cheese Breakfast Pockets

Perfect muffins for toddlers and kids

I call this the perfect muffin recipe for toddlers because:

» These muffins are crazy easy to make with minimal mess. No measuring ingredients (other than the water), no way to mess it up. I am all for teaching toddlers how to measure ingredients properly (read my post about the benefits of cooking with toddlers), but there are days when I cannot be bothered with an educational kitchen experience extravaganza!

ingredients for 3 ingredients pumpkin muffins: spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, water

» These muffins have no raw ingredients, so they are taste-safe if your baby or toddler puts things in their mouth as they cook! I mean, they do have raw flour which carries a risk of salmonella, but that risk is low. Not that you should have your toddler taste the muffin batter, but they will be OK if they accidentally give it a taste because there is no raw egg.

» These muffins have a hidden vegetable - PUMPKIN! Pumpkin is super healthy, loaded with fiber and vitamins, and low in calories. Even though this muffin recipe is made with box cake mix, I still think it's not the unhealthiest thing that most toddlers eat! It even made it on my list of hidden vegetable breakfast recipes for toddlers.

» These pumpkin muffins are great for making into small snackable muffins that are perfect for packed lunches for daycare, preschool and school. They're nut-free and peanut-free so daycares and schools won't have a problem with these! Curious about allergy testing in babies? Read about our experience with food allergies.

» Making muffins together is a great way to get toddlers interested in cooking. It's also a great sensory activity for toddlers. If you're new here, this blog is all about overcoming picky eating in babies and toddlers, and some of the best ways to overcoming picky eating are:

  • Cooking together, and letting toddlers play with food and ingredients in the kitchen in a safe, no-pressure environment
  • Having positive eating experiences. So if your toddler loves muffins and has a great time at breakfast, that's a step in the right direction towards getting him or her to look forward to lunch or dinner. And even if your child doesn't like muffins (hey, it happens!), cooking together is still a super valuable experience for overcoming picky eating.

So let's bake some muffins with our little ones!

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Yield: 12 large muffins, or 24 smaller muffins (48 mini muffins)

Easy Pumpkin Muffins for Toddlers

pumpkin muffins on a cooling rack

A super easy pumpkin muffin recipe made with boxed cake mix and pumpkin puree! This is a fun and easy muffin recipe for baking with kids, and these muffins taste fantastic and have a great texture!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 1 (15-oz) box spice cake mix (use regular yellow cake or white cake mix if your child doesn't like pumpkin spice)
  • 1 (15-oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup water


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin liners. This recipe will make about 12 large muffins, 24 smaller muffins, or 48 mini muffins.
    2. Mix the 3 ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. (See notes for additional add-ins to try!)
    3. Fill each muffin liner about ¾ of the way. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


Optional add-ins for pumpkin muffins:

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

The nutritional information provided is just an estimate based on 24 small muffins (perfect size for a toddler treat!) and will vary based on the actual ingredients you use. If you are tracking nutrition for yourself or your child, check with a nutritionist, dietitian, or pediatrician about whether this recipe is right for you or your child.

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