Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Smooth canned pumpkin mixed with boxed yellow cake, a touch of pumpkin pie spice, and topped with a cream cheese swirl.
WW My Way Smart Points: 3 Green, 2 Blue, 2 Purple
WW Freestyle Smart Points: 2
Mixing the muffin batter takes a bit of elbow grease. I started by dumping the boxed sugar free yellow cake mix into a mixing bowl. I then added the pumpkin pie spice to the cake mix and gave it a mix until it was combined in with the mix. Then i added the can of pumpkin and used a baking spatula to mix them together. Don't add water, oil, egg, or anything else! The batter will be crumbly at first but keep working it and it will smooth out.
Once it is combined, I spooned the batter into cupcake liners and distributed it evenly across 24 muffins. If you want bigger muffins you will have to adjust the point value.
Making the Cream Cheese Mix
I used my homemade Greek Cream Cheese in this recipe which helped keep the points low. If you don't have the time to make that, I would recommend using fat free or 1/3rd reduced fat cream cheese. The point value might be a little different. I took about 6 oz of the Greek Cream Cheese and added in the vanilla and stevia. I gave this a good mix until it was all combined.
I then took about a tsp of the cheese mix and added it to the top of each muffin.
Using a butter knife, I then pushed the cream cheese down into the muffin batter and made a few "cuts" across each muffin until I got the cream cheese somewhat incorporated into the batter.
I then threw them in the oven for 20 minutes. When they are bouncy and no longer sticky is when they are done. If you make bigger muffins, I would start with 25 minutes and go from there depending on how big you go. 12 Large muffins for 4 points each could be made, but make sure to check them periodically so they don't get over cooked.
When they are done just take them out of the oven, let them cool, and enjoy them! My guinea pigs, aka coworkers, all seemed to enjoy them, and they couldn't tell I used my greek cream cheese, which to me was a total win because I was unsure of how well it would do it a taste test.