Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin muffins (or pumpkin anything) are a favorite in my house. These muffins are Gluten-free, and I replaced some of the fat for greek yogurt which boosts the protein!  Pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene which the body converts into a form of Vitamin A.  It’s also rich in fiber and other nutrients such as potassium. Austin inspired me to create these pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese center that isn’t super sweet like a frosting!  I recently went to a local deli and saw these “pumpkin cream cheese yogurt muffins” and being a dietitian, I knew that these were loaded with sugar! But to someone who doesn’t know what goes into those store-bought muffins may think they are super healthy because they’re made with yogurt!  Well….I have news for you, they are laden in sugar and super high in calories! Some of those muffins have upwards of 30 grams of sugar for 1 muffin! Yikes!  Ok, I digress.  Now back to these muffins that I baked from scratch and so excited to share this recipe because I only used 1/3 cup of brown sugar for the muffin batter and 2 teaspoon of agave natural sweetener for the cream cheese filling. Each muffin contains about 6 grams of sugar. Yummmmm, if you love pumpkin and cream cheese, try these!

Ingredients:

1 cup of oat flour

1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/3 cup greek yogurt (low fat or whole milk)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 eggs, whisked

1 cup canned pumpkin (look for a can with a BPA-free liner)

2 tablespoons milk or dairy alternative

Filling:

6 oz low fat cream cheese, softened

2 teaspoons agave

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a muffin tin with liners, spray lightly with cooking spray
  2. For the muffin batter: In a large bowl, sift together flours, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the yogurt, oil, eggs, milk, pumpkin and sugar.  Whisk well.
  4. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and pumpkin mixture and whisk to combine (do not overmix or you will end up with tough muffins).
  5. To make the filling: In a small bowl, beat cream cheese with agave and vanilla until smooth.
  6. Place pumpkin mixture in muffin cups about 1/3 full. Then add about one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter. Try to keep cream cheese from touching the paper cup. 
  7. Then top with more pumpkin batter and seal in the cream cheese with it.
  8. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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