Real Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

pumpkin recipeThis post was written by Emily Rubin, RD, a Clinical Dietitian in the Jefferson Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 

It’s that time of year for food products… pumpkin spice everything! The question is, are you really getting any pumpkin or pumpkin spice in these foods? Read the labels, many of these products contain little to no pumpkin or pumpkin spice, therefore there is no pumpkin nutrient benefit. This muffin recipe contains 100 percent real pumpkin and pumpkin spice; they are high in antioxidants, vitamin A, beta-carotene, fiber, protein, calcium, and low in fat!

Real Pumpkin Spice Muffins – with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Yogurt Topping

Yields:  20 minis or 6 regular size muffins

Muffin Ingredients
• 1 ¼ cups whole grain pancake/waffle mix
• 1 scoop low sugar vanilla protein powder
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 egg
• ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla Almond milk
• ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
• ¼ cup light pumpkin or vanilla Greek yogurt
• ½ cup canned 100% pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
• ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
• 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix
• 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
• ½ cup Truvia brown sugar

Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Topping
• 1 Tbsp brown sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Yogurt Topping
• ½ block reduced fat cream cheese
• 3 Tbsp light vanilla or caramel Greek yogurt
• 2 Tbsp of Truvia brown sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Lightly grease or line a muffin tin – Use non-stick cooking spray for both options.
  3. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients – waffle mix, baking powder, protein powder, and
    pumpkin pie spice mix and cinnamon and Truvia brown sugar
  4. In a separate bowl – whisk egg, milk, Greek yogurt, pumpkin, applesauce together.
  5. Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together.
  6. In another small bowl mix Truvia brown sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Scoop batter into muffin tins to the rim.
  8. Sprinkle brown sugar/cinnamon on top of muffins.
  9. Bake at 350 for 17-20 minutes until golden brown and tops spring back when lightly
    touched. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack.
  10. Allow to cool an additional 30-45 minutes before applying topping.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Yogurt Topping

  1. Using a mixer – mix cream cheese, yogurt, cinnamon, and brown sugar
  2. Apply a thin layer on top of cooled muffin – or spread inside the muffin

Serve warm or cool — the muffin is great with or without the topping. Enjoy!

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