Maple Walnut Spiced Pumpkin Buns

Yesterday, I was supposed to post something Thankgiving-y… but got sidetracked in favour of a big political rant. So, with less than a week to go before Thanksgiving, here’s that post 🙂

We were up in Duluth this weekend, enjoying the fall colours, and photographing the Northern Lights for our first time ever. (My first time seeing it!).

All that crisp, clean air and warm autumn colours put me right in the mood for baking.

On a grocery stop, we passed a display of cinnamon buns, and my mind wandered. What about doing “pumpkin spice” buns? With actual pumpkin in the bread? Of course, I need to put maple syrup in it… and here we are!

I actually started with my Buffalo Chicken Buns recipe! I don’t make a ton of cinnamon buns, usually preferring savoury baking. A few tweaks, and these were AWESOME. Says my husband:

“It’s autumn in my mouth! I love the complexity of the flavours all together. It’s well balanced, with nothing overwhelming anything else. The soft bready texture with the creamy glaze, the stickiness from the filling, and the crunch of the walnuts all compliments and contrasts each other, and keeps it all interesting.”


Maple Walnut Spiced Pumpkin Buns

Maple Walnut Spiced Pumpkin Buns

Maple Pumpkin Spiced Muffins Recipe

Today, I’d like to share my recipe for maple pumpkin spiced muffins.

Did you check out yesterday’s recipe for pumpkin pancakes? Well, as is generally the case when baking anything – short of a pumpkin pie– with canned pumpkin, we ended up with leftover pumpkin. And so, here we are!

These maple pumpkin spiced muffins are rich, dense, moist muffins, that aren’t too sweet. They have the perfect balance of spice and pumpkin flavors! They’re great on their own, warm or cold… but would also be fabulous with cream cheese, or a bit of cream cheese frosting. They’re great as not only as an easy, grab-and-go breakfast, but also as a relatively healthy snack.

This recipe was originally posted way back in 2009, but I’m revisiting it in the spring of 2020. (Still updating photos and converting the recipe over to the new format!). It doesn’t feel like it’s been 10 years since posting this, but that seems to be a running theme today. Earlier, I was listening to the Wayback Lunch on Z103.5. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but… Today is April 28, 2020. March 10, 2020 was about 5 years ago, but “True Love Never Dies” came out no more than 4 years ago… in 2001.


It may be spring, but the familiar fall flavours of pumpkin and spice were definitely welcomed around here. Also, this is one of those recipes that makes a house smell SO warm and comforting while baking.


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Maple Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

Maple Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Ah! Today is day 2 of my “mental health weekend” with my husband. After so much work, rushing around, and general stress the past few weeks, we made a pact to engage in NONE of that, this weekend. No work, no car repairs, no chores, no stress. Awesome!

Of course.. we kind of cheated. Free time means I’m freed up to play around in the kitchen.. which means I can experiment, make home cooked meals… etc. This wasn’t totally a bad thing – We’ve been on a bit of a pumpkin kick ever since the Pumpkin Nanaimo Bar creation a couple weeks ago, and could now finally act on it.

So, this morning I made pumpkin pancakes AND pumpkin muffins! The pancakes are SO tasty – full of flavor, very fluffy and moist. SO good! Read on for the recipe – muffins recipe coming tomorrow! (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving – Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bar Recipe!

Happy Thanksgiving!

You know, this is my very first Thanksgiving as an out-of-the-closet immigrant! Feels good to not have to worry if wishing “Happy Thanksgiving” in the beginning of October will “out” me!

Unfortunately, this is also my first Canadian Thanksgiving that I’m actually too busy to celebrate. Normally, we celebrate both Thanksgivings each year. It kind of snuck up on me, too. I was listening to the Z103.5 morning show online, as I always do.. and they were excitedly talking about their long weekend plans. Drat!

So, while I didn’t have time or energy to really do much for Thanksgiving this weekend (because today isn’t a stat holiday in the USA), I decided I’d do something that was at least Thanksgiving-ish and Canadian – I’d invent a new, Thanksgiving themed Nanaimo Bar! It may not be a full turkey dinner, but as desserts go – you can’t get more Canadian than a Nanaimo bar. Done! Click through for a photo and the recipe!