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Pumpkin Sauerkraut Muffin Recipe

Audrey is a cook who loves creating new flavors by tweaking recipes to include healthier ingredients.

Your whole family will love this pumpkin sauerkraut muffin recipe.

Your whole family will love this pumpkin sauerkraut muffin recipe.

Sauerkraut? Really?

Yes! As strange as this combination may sound, pumpkin sauerkraut muffins are a famous Eastern European bread concoction. Using sauerkraut keeps the muffins moist and in combination with the other ingredients, you don't taste sauerkraut at all. This is a great way to combine a breakfast treat with a daily dose of vegetables!

This recipe was adapted from a recipe I found on about.com. One option for this muffin recipe is to add one cup of chocolate chips, resulting in chocolate chip pumpkin sauerkraut muffins!

Pumpkin sauerkraut muffins

Pumpkin sauerkraut muffins

Recipe for Pumpkin Sauerkraut Muffins

Yield: Makes 8 jumbo or 12 regular muffins, though I actually had 18 regular muffins from this recipe


  • 2 large eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used nonfat)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (I used fresh)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sauerkraut (rinsed, drained, squeezed dry)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (I used unbleached)
  • 1 cup raisins (I used golden)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips if desired (option; I left out)
  • Coarse sugar (optional; I left out)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pans with vegetable or olive oil spray and set aside.
  2. Combine eggs, milk, oil, pumpkin, sugar, sauerkraut, spices and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add raisins, pecans and optional chocolate chips to wet ingredients.
  5. Stir in flour mixture but only stir to combine. Don't over stir.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls into muffin tins.
  7. *** I did not do this step: Bake 10 minutes for jumbo muffins or 8 minutes for regular muffins. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake an additional 10 minutes for jumbo and 8 minutes for regular.
  8. In all, bake jumbo muffins for about 20 minutes total and regular for about 16 minutes total though check with a toothpick to make sure the centers are done before removing from oven. I actually had to bake mine 5 extra minutes for regular-sized muffins.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Halloween and Holiday Tips for Pumpkin Sauerkraut Muffins

  • Use orange coarse sugar as a topping to sprinkle on muffins halfway through baking time
  • Use white coarse sugar for an elegant look
  • Try another color of coarse sugar for other occasions

How to Use Fresh Pumpkin vs. Canned Pumpkin in Recipes

When I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin, I buy the smaller pie pumpkins. You can find these at most grocery stores and are identifiable by their deeper orange color. They weigh roughly between 2 and 4 pounds usually.

There are several ways to cook pumpkin but the most common are baking and boiling or stewing. Keep in mind that usually fresh cooked pumpkin does not have the same deep color as canned pumpkin but it is just as good.

Use fresh pumpkin in pies instead of canned or in cookies, cakes and muffins. It also makes a natural thickener when added to soups.

How to Bake a Pumpkin

  1. Preheat oven to 325 or 350 degrees
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the membranes and seeds. The seeds can be washed and dried, salted and roasted in the oven for delicious pumpkin seeds
  3. Spray a cookie sheet or shallow baking dish with vegetable spray and place pumpkin halves cut sides down on dish or sheet
  4. Or line cookie sheet or baking pan with foil, spray with vegetable spray and place halves cut side down
  5. Or wrap each half of pumpkin in foil and place both on cookie sheet or inside baking dish (to prevent pumpkin leaks onto the oven)
  6. Bake until soft when touched
  7. Remove from oven, allow to cool and then scoop out the pumpkin
  8. Smash to desired consistency or blend in food processor or blender
  9. Use same amounts called for in recipes requiring canned pumpkin

How to Cook a Pumpkin on the Stovetop

  1. Cut pumpkin in half and then remove the membranes and seeds. Again, you can wash, dry and bake the pumpkin seeds for a great snack or addition to other recipes
  2. Slice pumpkin into narrow slices much like watermelon or cantaloupe and peel outer rind off pumpkin
  3. Cut the peeled pumpkin slices into small chunks
  4. Cover just barely with water (some people also add a bit of apple juice) and cook at a low simmer on the stovetop. Cook time will vary depending on how much pumpkin you have, how big the pan is and how fast the cook time. Don't overcook and test every so often for softness
  5. When the pumpkin is soft but not mushy, remove from the stove and pour through a sieve. Save the juice/water from the cooked pumpkin and add that to soup as a stock or freeze for later use
  6. Allow the pumpkin to drain thoroughly and cool completely
  7. Use a potato masher to mash the pumpkin to the desired consistency and use cup for cup in recipes calling for canned pumpkin
  8. Or blend in food processor or blender to desired consistency

Tips and Suggestions for Pumpkin Sauerkraut Muffin Recipe

  • Use buttermilk instead of regular milk but adjust baking powder and add appropriate amount of baking soda
  • Use walnuts instead of pecans
  • Substitute hazelnuts for pecans
  • Use white chocolate instead of regular chocolate chips
  • Substitute dried cranberries for the raisins
  • Use brown sugar instead of white sugar
  • Substitute applesauce for all or part of the oil
  • Use fresh sauerkraut from the deli case (I used fresh instead of canned)
  • These keep well for several days covered or in a storage bag
  • These muffins freeze wonderfully
"I shouldn't have eaten 11 pumpkin sauerkraut muffins but I couldn't stop myself"

"I shouldn't have eaten 11 pumpkin sauerkraut muffins but I couldn't stop myself"

Culinary Tips From Griffin (The Malamute)

It seems my 'little' malamute Griffin has a strong yen for my pumpkin sauerkraut muffins.

Last night, while I was draining the pumpkin in a strainer, he managed to get up on the counter and eat roughly at least half of my fresh cooked pumpkin. I had to start over and had just enough to make my muffins today!

If that were not enough, fresh out of the oven and cooling on the rack, my 'little pumpkin' Griffin just ate 11 muffins. All I can say is thank goodness I did not add the chocolate chips to this recipe or I would have been on an emergency run to the vet! Bob is on probation in the dog watching department! (just kidding)

If there is a problem with this latest development, I will be back to write a note on what can happen if your dog eats 11 pumpkin sauerkraut muffins. I am only glad that I had 6 other muffins cooling on a different rack before he discovered those.

I could swear he was licking his chops, though!

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Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 20, 2010:

Sa'ge - I thought so too about the little girl - she was adorable! She can cook in my kitchen anytime - and thanks for the great tip!!

LTC - I know - it kinda made me go blek? But then when I tried them BEFORE Griffin ate most of them....they are very good! Thanks guys for the read!

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on October 19, 2010:

Would never have dreamt in my wildest dreams of putting sauerkraut into muffins but you make it sound more than edible and very interesting. I'll give it a go.

Sa`ge from Barefoot Island on October 19, 2010:

this is the best muffins ever :D oh that little girl in the video was so cute, she is such a great little commentator baker. I watched them all. I have had these and they are so good. Try orange zest with sugar sprinkled on top, it taste so good. danced on your tabs :D hugs :D

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 19, 2010:

Hey, Dawn - I'll have to ask Griffin if flaxseed is a recommended addition to the recipe! Thanks for stopping by!!

Dawn Michael from THOUSAND OAKS on October 19, 2010:

Ok sounds really gross but I trust you...lol any way I love Sauerkraut and pumpkin. I will kid test it, but of course I have to add some crushed flaxseed do you think that will ruin it. I am all into fiber...lolo

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 14, 2010:

Virtual muffins coming your way, Micky!

Crewman6 - I know it sounds really weird and yes - you could substitute squash or sweet potato for the pumpkin! Griff could have used some sympathy as I think he 'exploded' 2 days later after the 'sauerkraut cloud' - yikes!

Crewman6 on October 14, 2010:

Lots of fun to read, as always. I'm with Hello, Hello on the pumpkin, though. Never could stand the things. I like Sauerkraut, maybe I can substitute something for the pumpkin! Great job, and extend my sympathies to Griffin; I have the same problem... can't stop at just one when I've got the munchies.

Micky Dee on October 14, 2010:

That sounded like something I would do! But you did this so well! Send me some Dear.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 13, 2010:

Thanks for the read, Om - isn't that the weirdest recipe ever? I still have to make the sauerkraut chocolate cake for someone. Probably not Griff though since chocolate can be a very bad thing.

Om Paramapoonya on October 13, 2010:

Pumpkin and sauerkraut? So funky! Just my type of food hehehe...and by the way, I think Griffin and I are pretty much alike; we both have no self discipline when it comes to yumminess! :)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 12, 2010:

Thanks HH for the read - that is horrible! Not eating pumpkin would be ALMOST as bad as not being able to eat chocolate!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 12, 2010:

Wow, that is a bit something. Whatever will you come up with next? Mind you, I will omit the pumpkin. That is one vegetable I can't eat.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 12, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by and it's amazing - folks either think it is unique like me or they say 'bleck'! Too funny.....they were really, really good -the ONE I got to sample before Griffin took care of the rest!

Katie McMurray from Ohio on October 12, 2010:

WOW how cool, I can't wait to try this. I love pumpkin and I love sauerkraut. This may be one I don't tell the kids what's in it till they try it. Amazing this is just to cool baking with sauerkraut, I'm running out to buy some today... Thanks

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 12, 2010:

Bayoulady - Thanks so much for chuckling along with me! Griffin seems to have this knack for making me laugh out loud most every day. At 17 months, he still makes me crack up though I wasn't laughing when I found out what he had done! Oh well - I doubt he learned his lesson from the 'sauerkraut cloud'. Thanks so much for the read.

CP - Isn't that the truth? I hear your suggestion and I'm working on that - I'm actually starting to entice Griff to come into the kitchen while I'm there even more and get him to 'make a mistake' so I can reprimand it right then....I think I may have more success than having Bob on 'puppy patrol'.

CM - Ha - you ain't a kiddin! I kinda figured that out when he ran past me one night with a whole acorn squash in his mouth or another evening with the entire bag of English muffins! It seems his size is not helping my cause as he is 'just the right height' for snatching anything. More work to be done! Thanks for stopping by.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 11, 2010:

your dog is a real chowhound! LOL

Christopher Price from Vermont, USA on October 11, 2010:


What an interesting recipe. I'll have to give it a try, but not tell the ingredients to the rest of the family until they have eaten one.

You seem to have a proclivity for combining seemingly disparate things and ending up with unexpectedly good results...like a Malamute with a Welsh name!

Just one suggestion...higher counters or shorter puppies!


bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on October 11, 2010:

First-How funny in your comments when you commented on Griffin's need to go out and was havins a sauerkraut cloud. I literally laughed out loud.I am going to take your word for it about the kraut!Your hub was so interesting-the recipe, ways to cook pumpkin, the videos. Best of all (other than that yummy recipe)was including the shenanigans of Griffin!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 11, 2010:

Marisuewrites - Ah yes, please vote up Griffin in your heart - he is a wonderful lad! He was just trying to help me feel confident in my baking skills - that has to be it! He is one clever dude that one.

Peggy W - Thanks so much for commenting and laughing WITH me - I almost didn't put that part in but it was just too cute to keep to myself. He is my laugh-every-day-of-my-life dog I think!

BJ- I'm so sorry to hear that you do not wish to keep this recipe as one of your favorites! I was going to send you a box for Christmas of them too!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 11, 2010:

Audrea - I read Pumpkin Sauerkraut Muffin as the title of your hub and my first thought was no way. Sauerkraut baked into pumpkin muffins just won't do it for me. Then you blew my mind when you added chocolate chips to the mix. What a waste of perfectly good chocolate.

I'll take your word for it that "you don't taste the sauerkraut." But since sauerkraut tasted or untasted is not my cup of tea, I think I'll pass on this one. Give my share to Griffin.

Muffins with chocolate chips would really amuse me.

But add the sauerkraut, my dear, and you lose me.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2010:

The combination of ingredients made me curious enough to read this hub and what really tickled my funny bone was hearing about your dog Griffin and his acquistion of your pumpkin sauerkraut muffins. He was just obviously sampling them for you to let you know if they were worth eating! Haha!

marisuewrites from USA on October 11, 2010:

Too cute, I like Griffin!! What a dog, think of the cunning this took! I swear they are wonderfully thinking four-legged sweetness in our life. I love this hub! What wonderful work you did and lots of great info about pumpkins. I'll also link to this hub!! =)) keep it up, voted up and awesome and useful!

No way to vote Griffin up, but they needs a vote for the pet pals in our life...eh?

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 11, 2010:

Thanks for the read, dallas93444 - and yes, it is!

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on October 11, 2010:

The season is here.. Thanks!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 11, 2010:

Erthfrend - That's what struck me as so unique about this recipe and they really are good! It seems that Griffin also agrees with me. Thanks so much for the read.

Nell - You might just love them! I was very skeptical when I read it and even when I was baking them but goes to show you can always be surprised.....never more so than with Griffin's love of muffins! Good lord - these are taste tested by dogs AND humans!

Nell Rose from England on October 11, 2010:

Hi, If Griffin likes them then so do I! lol I must admit to never trying pumkin let alone this but there is a first for cooking everything, so you never know i might just get the hang of it! loved Griffins picture! ha ha cheers nell

erthfrend from Florida on October 11, 2010:

I was so surprised to see pumpkin and sauerkraut as a combination in muffins!! Your recipe sounds delicious though. Its amazing what foods we can combine that end up tasting delicious! Thank you for sharing this, it sounds very healthy and yummy! I hope your dog's belly is ok too!!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 11, 2010:

He confessed later that the devil made him do it! No doubt....it was even more priceless when Bob had to come down and deliver the 'good news' to me! Ah well, I did all that work for something, right?

SilverGenes on October 11, 2010:

Griffin has good taste but 11 muffins? Now that's just plain funny! Great hub and I will for sure try these!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 11, 2010:

Thanks for leaving a comment, Simone - and hope you like the real pumpkin as an alternative. The baking method is much easier by far although I have to wonder if Griff would have liked it as well....hmmm...will have to ask him next time!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on October 11, 2010:

A fascinating pairing of ingredients! I love your tips on the pumpkin too. I've always gone with canned stuff, but now I think I might try the real thing for once!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 11, 2010:

Dim - I'm sure the postman would enjoy delivering a sauerkraut muffin in his mail bag - yikes - may be a bit potent by the time it arrives but sure enough!

Ken - My pups seem to be glued to my side most of the time if given the opportunity and although Denaya has wonderful manners, my little Griffin pumpkin is still 'in training' obviously. The rat! He has made my Kodi look like an angel in retrospect as so far in his short life, Griffin has stolen loaves of bread, countless English muffins, an acorn squash, my freshly cooked pumpkin and now 11 sauerkraut and pumpkin muffins.

At least I guess he is a well-rounded (LITERALLY if he keeps this up) little malamute - and he is getting a variety of foods including vegetables! What a bugger!

Sending you and Dim virtual muffins - they are less likely to asphyxiate the postman that way.

saddlerider1 on October 11, 2010:

Oh my Pumpkin muffin what a wonderful job you did of displaying your fine baking skills. However I would caution you when cooking, keep animals out:0) If I were Griffin I would have been so tempted as well, it's bad enough us humans can't stand not needing to sample while were cooking/baking.

The videos were wonderful as well as your dialogue. Now send me a muffin my pumpkin through the hubs, surely they are capable of that. We have everything else in here we need:0)) MMMMMMM so tasty can't wait to have another.

De Greek from UK on October 11, 2010:

How about sending me one through the post? :-)))

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 11, 2010:

BKC - I hear you on the sauerkraut - I absolutely love sauerkraut and that's probably why I decided to give this recipe a whirl! Thanks for stopping by.

Lela - Actually I usually have 2 fur rugs in my kitchen at all times as they both think that they are going to get something. I actually tripped over Griffin one day with a huge pot of something and managed SOMEHOW not to spill it or kill him by falling on him! They really are too funny. Now I scoot them to the perimeter of the kitchen while I'm working - but Bob is supposed to be on 'Griffin detail' when he is in the house and there are 'things' out on the counter.

Too bad he was so absorbed in his phone that he didn't hear our little darling sneaking back into the kitchen to grab a 'few' muffins for his early evening snack! I just shudder to think what would have happened had I put the chocolate chips in them and thankfully I decided not to!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 11, 2010:

Griffin sounds like a dog I once had named Tonto. Tonto would camp in front of the oven whenever I made muffins. He loved them!

Dogs are wonderful.

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on October 11, 2010:

Two things I love, pumpkin and sauerkraut. And when I think of sauerkraut my mouth just naturally waters. Oh, I'll try this combo. A bit of savory and less sweet is a good thing.

Thanks for the 'food for thought' - sounds great!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 11, 2010:

Lela - I know it sounds absolutely awful but they were great - the 1 muffin of the 12 left behind anyhow! Glad the tips were helpful though.

Faye - Thanks for stopping by and it really is an odd combo but it works!

Sage - Too funny as that is what caught my eye the other day looking for pumpkin recipes. Griffin did wake up the night before last needing to go 'out' so yes, I think maybe the pumpkin caught up with him although my daughter tells me that it is actually a food given to dogs who have GI distress so no worries there.

He woke us up needing to go out this morning at 4:30 and there was a bit of a sauerkraut 'cloud' about him. He seemed quite happy and content last night though the little bugger! I think I'm going to have to get a very large bell and put it around his neck when Bob is 'watching' him in the house and I'm writing! Or bring him with me to my office - knowing him, he'll eat the bell to boot. He is a sweet thing with a huge appetite!

Sage Williams on October 11, 2010:

Audrey - The name on these muffin certainly caught my eye. Who would have ever thought to combine sauerkraut with pumpkin. None the less, I will take your word for it that they are delicious. I am bookmarking and hope to try soon.

I can't get over Griffin. He looks quite content. Was there any repercussions of him eating the pumpkin and the muffins?


Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on October 10, 2010:

Thank you Audrey, for an unusal recipe, that I'm going to try, it sound delicious and I'm all about variety. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 10, 2010:

No, I will not put saurkraut in my muffins, and you can't make me!

However, I will accept your tips on cooking pumpkins. Luv ya,


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 10, 2010:

Thanks Prasetio for the read and for stopping by - I love muffins for on the go or putting up in the freezer...tell your mom to watch out for pesky malamutes though! Apparently they really like pumpkin and sauerkraut!

Suziecat7 - I totally hear you and while I was researching pumpkin that's what I came across. Weird - but they are delicious....the 7 or 8 we had left when Griffin was done with us!

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on October 10, 2010:

I've never thought of sauerkraut in suck a way. Great pumpkin cooking tips too. Enjoyed.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 10, 2010:

Muffin is my favorite. I thought I really love your recipes. I'll show this to my mom. I believe she'll love all the video. Thanks for share with us. Good work, Audrey. I my VOTE special for you.

Prasetio :-)

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