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Bite it! HG's Sweet-Cream Pumpkin Muffins
HG's Sweet-Cream Pumpkin Muffins

Pump' It Up!

How do you make a yummy pumpkin muffin even better? Stuff it with sweet cream cheese filling! Here's our guilt-free take on the baked goodie du jour...

Ingredients:
Filling
4 oz. fat-free cream cheese
2 1/2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Muffins
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/3 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/3 cup brown sugar (not packed)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups, or spray it with nonstick spray.

To make the filling, in a medium bowl, combine cream cheese with Splenda, and stir until smooth. Add egg substitute and vanilla extract, and stir until uniform.

To make the muffins, in a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.

In medium-large bowl, combine remaining muffin ingredients, and whisk until uniform. Add to the flour mixture, and stir until just mixed and smooth. (Batter will be thick.)

Evenly distribute half of the muffin batter among the cups of the muffin pan, and smooth out the surfaces.

Use a spoon to form an indentation in the surface of each cup of batter, large enough to hold about 2 tsp. filling. Evenly distribute the filling among the indentations.

Evenly distribute remaining batter among the cups, and smooth out the surfaces. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 16 - 18 minutes. Enjoy!

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 muffin (1/12th of recipe)
Calories: 120
Fat: 0.5g
Sodium: 240mg
Carbs: 23.5g
Fiber: 3.5g
Sugars: 5.5g
Protein: 5.5g

PointsPlus® value 3*

HG Alternative: If made with an equal amount of granulated white sugar in place of the Splenda, each muffin will have 145 calories, 30.5g carbs, and 13.5 sugars (PointsPlus® value 4*).

Fight it! Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, Average
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, Average

Scream Cheese!

By this time of year, ordinary pumpkin treats might have lost a bit of their allure. Oh, who are we kidding?! Perfectly spiced pumpkin muffins could never bore us. And ones injected with sweet cream cheese goodness? YES, PLEASE! Too bad the stats are so steep. Rather than writing to Santa and asking for a mega-dose of self-control, make a round of our sweet stuffed pumpkin muffins! They're moist, flavor packed, and (DUH) crazy delicious. And with just 120 calories and half a gram of fat each, you can devour one without a lick of guilt! Warning: If you leave a batch of these babies unsupervised, the temptation may be too much for others to handle. So make sure you secure a muffin for yourself...

Serving Size: 1 muffin
Calories: 405
Fat: 15g
Sodium: 258mg
Carbs: 60g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 40g
Protein: 5.5g

PointsPlus® value 11*

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