Pumpkin Muffins made with Mott’s Applesauce are a great way to start the day. A small dollop of cream cheese inside mimics my favorite pumpkin roll flavor, without the extra calories!

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Every year when this season rolls around, my mind turns to my Nana’s Pumpkin Roll recipe. I love them like, well, like a kid loves cake. But they’re not the best option around if you’re trying to lose baby weight, is what I’m saying. A once-a-season treat.

But I have to be honest, all the nostalgia, love, and warm feelings Nana’s Pumpkin Rolls bring to me makes me want them all season long. Thank goodness for applesauce – I found a compromise!

PumpkinMuffinsIngredientsWhen the lovely people at Mott’s® Applesauce asked if I’d like to create a few recipes that swap in better-for-you applesauce instead of oil, I agreed immediately – both because we have their big jars on hand all the time – for baking, for snacking, for feeding Elle, but also because I think it’s important to take you guys on my journey too. And right now, my journey is Hey-baking-with-applesauce-instead-of-oil-is-smarter-for-your-body-but-also-ALL-THE-PUMPKIN-ROLLS. Keepin’ it real, it’s what I do.

These muffins, you guys. These muffins. Light and fluffy, full of homemade pumpkin pie spice and packed full of flavor. With just a dollop of sweetened cream cheese at the center, and a lot less fat otherwise, thanks to the addition of Mott’s® Applesauce.

I am seriously impressed with how moist these breakfast-y treats are. Clearly baking with applesauce is the way forward. There’s no hint of apple here, pumpkin flavor is heavy handed enough that you’d never know this muffin recipe boasts almost a cup of applesauce. And that’s just fine by me – it can be our little secret that I’m finally managing to get a few family members eating something on the healthier end of the spectrum. Just do me a favor and keep it our secret, okay?

PumpkinCreamCheeseMuffinsThese healthier Pumpkin Muffins with sweetened cream cheese are a fantastic start to a frosty fall morning. Warm them up just a bit in your toaster oven. Trust me on this one. They’re magical warmed just enough to take the chill off your fingers. And don’t forget the steaming cup o’ joe to go with them.

There are lots of ways to bring a healthy twist to traditional family recipes. Mott’s® has started a fantastic Bake It Better with Mott’s® Pinterest board with all sorts of easy and approachable recipes for the holidays that are made better for you by subbing applesauce for oil, plus plenty of baking tips and tricks. Make sure you check it out, there are so many great ideas!

It’s such an easy switch, we should all do it more often, don’t ya think? Especially when you end up with moist, light and fluffy muffins like these. I think you’ll agree, they’re an amazing way to start your day.

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Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients:

For the Batter

3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree

2 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup Mott's® Natural Applesauce

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


For the Cream Cheese Filling

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For the Crumble Topping

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened and diced


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F; and line 16 standard size muffin cups with paper liners.


2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine pumpkin, eggs, Mott's® Natural Applesauce and sugars until thoroughly combined. In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie pie spice. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just combined.


3. Using a large scoop, (about 3 tablespoons) scoop muffin batter into prepared muffin pan(s). Set aside.


4. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined and creamy. Add cream cheese mixture to a piping bag or zip-top bag and snip the corner of the bag with scissors. Place the tip of the piping bag into the center of each muffin and pipe the cream cheese filling into the center. Once you see the muffin batter rise a bit, remove the piping bag and fill the remaining muffin centers.


5. In a medium bowl, mix flour, oats, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Add butter and cut it in with a fork until crumbly. Top each muffin with crumble topping.


6. Bake muffins in preheated oven for 23-25 minutes. Allow muffins to cool on a wire rack before serving.


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