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Real Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Yogurt Topping

'Tis the season for pumpkin spice flavored everything. Skip the processed goods and try this healthy muffin recipe.

Pumpkin spice muffins with cream cheese frosting on platter.

Just one cup of pumpkin contains 200% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and more potassium than a banana. Reap the benefits of this seasonal squash by adding it to your favorite recipes or this healthy muffin recipe.

Servings: 20 minis or 6 regular size muffins


  • 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


  • 1 Tbsp. 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, pumpkin pie spice mix, cinnamon and Truvia brown sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl – whisk egg, milk, Greek yogurt, pumpkin and 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.



  • ½ block reduced fat cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. light vanilla or caramel Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. of Truvia brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  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.
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