Vegan Kabocha Squash Muffins

These vegan kabocha squash muffins are perfect snacks for fall! You won’t be able to resist them. Made from Japanese pumpkins and full of natural sweetness!

Vegan Kabocha Squash(pumpkin) Muffins

These vegan kabocha squash muffins are my favorite treats when kabocha squash is in season.

They are easy-to-make, not-too-sweet, dairy-free (no butter or eggs are required), fluffy and moist!

Try these delicious muffins, and enjoy them for breakfast or as an afternoon snack!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love kabocha squash.
  • You are looking for vegan kabocha squash reicpes.
  • You want to make muffins with kaobcha squash.

Let me walk you through the ingredients and how to make them with step-by-step instructions.

Before getting to the recipe, I will also explain what kabocha is and how to pick a good one, and so on, so please check it out as well.

About This Recipe

  • Use Japanese pumpkin, Kabocha
  • Vegan, easy, one bowl recipe
  • Baking time: 25 minutes

Kabocha Squash – Japanese Pumpkin

Vegan Kabocha Squash(pumpkin) Muffins

If you are unfamiliar with Kabocha – Japanese pumpkin, let me introduce you.

The most Kabocha we can find in Japan is like the picture above. The taste is very starchy and sweet. We can find it all year round at a store, but the main season is from fall to winter.

Kabocha is hard and heavy. You have to hold it in both hands. The skin is green, and the inside is a beautiful orange color.

Kabocha is a versatile vegetable. We cook it for many varieties of dishes such as tempura, miso soup, deep fry, salad, simmered dish, oven dish, desserts, and many more.

What are the health benefits?

How to Pick a Good One

When you go to a grocery store, please check these points and find a delicious pumpkin.

If you buy a whole pumpkin, check the stem: If the stem looks like a cork, it is a sign that it has matured. Also, hold it and check the skin. Good pumpkins are hard, heavy, and have glossy skin.

If you buy a cut pumpkin, check the seeds and stringy pulp: If the seeds are full and the stringy pulp is tightly packed, it is a sign that it has matured.

How to Store

If it is a whole kabocha, you can store it in a cool, dark place for 2-3 months.

If it is a cut kabocha, scoop the seeds out, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and keep it in the fridge.

How to Cut Kabocha squash

If you’re unsure how to cut Kabocha squash, check out this complete guide!

I used to be scared to cut a whole kabocha as the skin is hard and tough to cut, but it’s actually easy.

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📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for Vegan Kabocha Squash(pumpkin) Muffins
  • Kabocha squash: We use 1/8 Kabocha squash. Find the one already cut into a quarter size if you can. If whole kabocha squash is the only option, this post “How to Cut Kabocha Squash” would be helpful.
  • Flour: I use cake flour, but you can also use all-purpose flour or pastry flour (not bread flour).
  • Baking powder: I use aluminum free baking powder.
  • Oil: I use taihaku sesame oil (no smell or color), but you can use another type of oil.
  • Soy milk: I use unsweetened soy milk (no sugar or flavor added).
  • Maple Syrup: I use Canadian maple syrup.
  • Sugar: I use beet sugar. You can use any sugar of your choice.

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Please go see Vegan Blueberry Muffins for more details on the ingredients.


You have all the ingredients now, so let’s make the muffins! Please check the video “How to Make Kabocha Muffins” also!

How to make Vegan Kabocha Squash(pumpkin) Muffins

First of all, preheat the oven to 180 C.

  1. Prep: Cut the pumpkin into bite-sized pieces and steam them. Or you can boil or use a microwave oven. (I like to steam as the sweetness is richer than other methods.)
  2. Mash steamed kabocha: Remove the skin, put it in a mixing bowl, and mash to make a puree. (I don’t want that green color in muffins, so remove them, but the skin contains plenty of vitamins, so use them for a salad or miso soup instead of throwing them away. )
  3. Wet ingredients: Add soy milk, oil, sugar, and maple syrup in the bowl.
  4. Combine
  5. Dry ingredients: Place a strainer on the bowl, add flour and baking powder, and shift them.
  6. Combine
  7. Bake: Pour the dough into a muffin pan and bake in preheated 180 C/356 F oven for 25 mins.
Vegan Kabocha Squash(pumpkin) Muffins

Here you go! Leave the pan on a cooling rack until cool. Once it cools down, remove them from the pan and enjoy!

If the muffin is stuck and hard to take out, be sure to grease some oil on the inside or use a glassine cup next time.


If you don’t eat right away, keep it in the fridge. It will last up to 3 days. Warm it up in the microwave when you eat it; it will be fluffy again.

You can also freeze it by wrapping it in plastic wrap. It will last up to one month.


These vegan kabocha squash muffins are delicious snacks! There are so many ways you can enjoy them – here are some other variations!

  • Gluten-free: Replace all flour with rice flour.
  • Healthier version: Replace half of the flour with whole wheat flour
  • Add toppings: Top with pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts, or mix chocolate chips in.

How to Cook Kabocha Squash

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If you are new to kabocha squash or looking for more recipes to spice up your fall menu, check out my Kabocha recipe in this post!

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Seasonal kabocha is sweet and starchy, so it is perfect for making desserts. I hope you will enjoy the recipe and have a fun break time with these easy homemade muffins!

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Vegan Kabocha Squash(pumpkin) Muffins

Vegan Kabocha Squash Muffins

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 pieces
Author: Juri Austin
These vegan kabocha squash muffins are perfect snacks for fall! You won't be able to resist them. Made from Japanese pumpkins and full of natural sweetness!


  • 1 c Kabocha, without skin (100g)

Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 c Soy Milk, 160g/185ml
  • 4 Tbsp Oil, 60g/65ml
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar, 30g/45ml
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup, 20g/16ml

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 c & 3Tbsp All-purpose flour or Cake flour, 150g/285ml
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder, 8g/10ml


  • Preheat an oven: 180 C/356 F
  • Steam kabocha: Cut kabocha into small size and steam (or boil) for about 10 mins
  • Mash kabocha: Remove the skin, put them in a mixing bowl and mash to make puree.
  • Wet ingredients: Add wet the ingredients to the bowl and mix.
  • Dry ingredients: Sift dry ingredients into the bowl and roughly blend with a spatula.
  • Pour to a pan: Pour the dough into a muffin pan evenly.
  • Bake: Bake in preheated 180 C/356 F oven for 25 mins.



  • Equipment: 6 cups muffin pan.
  • Substitute: You can use plant milk or other type of milk instead of soy milk.
  • You can boil kabocha or use microwave oven instead of steaming.
  • If the muffin is stuck and hard to pull it out, next time be sure to grease some oil on the inside or use glassine cup.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 229kcal | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 21.6mg | Sugar: 15.1g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: kabocha muffins, vegan
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  1. The recipe was not good for doubling or tripling the recipe in metric. I did double and used suggested amount for the wet ingredients by tablespoons but for the dry ingredients I used the scales to measure in metric because it’s easier but it was a complete failure because you did not double the amount of the dry ingredients. In other words, I did double wet and single dry because the recipe did not double. It was horrible after baking and I had to throw everything away. Please update the metric part for double and triple recipe.

    1. Hi Jessica, thank you for sharing your experience, and I really appreciate your feedback. I will thoroughly review the measurements to ensure they are appropriate for doubling and tripling the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Juri
    This is my first-time making muffins and they turned out great, very delicious. I owe it all to your eloquent, easy to follow instructions. Every recipe I’ve made from your website has turned out great. Thank you.

    1. Hi Eurico, I’m so happy that you enjoyed the muffins. Your comment always encourage me to keep making recipes:) Thanks for that!

  3. 5 stars
    Hello Juri,
    I made these muffins this morning and they are very good! Thank you for another lovely recipe! Happy holidays to you and your family!