PUMPKIN PALOOZA guys! It’s here and if anyone needs a reason to celebrate something, make it up! Our love for fall is coming out today in the Healthy Pumpkin Yogurt Muffins with Craisins! Who doesn’t love muffins? To find a healthy and yet delicious muffin can be challenging but I think we have a delicious solution! Make a batch, sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with it!
I’m not going to lie! I adore muffins, but I almost want to cry when I see the calorie content of most of them. Why do all the yummy things in life have to have so many calories? My Wegmans sells a pumpkin muffin all year (probably because we all are obsessed with pumpkin flavored everything!) and it clocks in at almost 600 calories! Yikes!
🍽️ Why Use Yogurt
Yogurt is a fantastic secret ingredient for baking as long as you use it correctly.
- It helps the baked good rise with baking soda/powder
- It makes the baked good moist as long as you use yogurt that has 2% fat and above
If you use Vanilla Greek Yogurt, you will get a little extra sweetness so plan accordingly if you choose to go that route.
🍴What Substitutions Can Be Made
There are always ways to mix up a recipe, right? Here are some of my favorites!
- Substitute with raisins
- Replace the Craisins with chocolate chips (but you’re going to be adding in some more calories there)
- Mix up the nuts you use
- Replace the honey with maple syrup
📌 How Long Do These Last
You can store these for a day or two on the counter or up to a week in the fridge.
🥣 Freezing Instructions
Absolutely! Freeze them individually on a sheet pan first so they don’t stick together. Allow them to freeze for about 24 hours and then wrap them individually with Saran or Press and Seal and then place in a freezer safe bag.
The hardest part of these muffins is only eating one. They are filled with so many fantastic ingredients and are easy too. Let’s talk about the main ingredients:
Pumpkin Puree – It’s essential to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling already has spices added, and it’s just not going to give you the same results. You can use homemade pumpkin puree or canned puree.
Craisins – I love using dried cranberries to give the muffins a little bit of extra depth. They are delicious, but can also be swapped with raisins too.
Honey – We sweeten these muffins with honey. It provides a delightfully sweet muffin that is made without added refined sugar. You could use pure maple syrup in its place as well.
Step One: Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.
Step Two: In a bowl, combine flour, spices and baking soda and stir. Set aside.
Step Three: In a mixer, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, yogurt, Craisins and honey and mix well.
Note that if the honey is incredibly thick and hard to pour, zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds to thin it out or it will not mix easily into your ingredients!
Step Four: Add flour mixture to the pumpkin puree mixer bowl and mix well. Gently add the nuts and stir. Divide into 12 muffin tin liners and bake for 12-15 minutes. Like with all muffins, don’t overcook! Check them with a toothpick. If batter sticks to the toothpick, continue baking.
🧁 Related Recipes
Healthy Blueberry Zucchini Muffins – these are hearty and filling and packed with flavor.
Double Chocolate Muffins – make these for your family for a great weekend snack.
Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping – these are the muffins you want to grab at your local coffee shop but now you can make them at home.
Blueberry Muffins – we all need a great blueberry muffin recipe and this one is a winner.
Healthy Yogurt Pumpkin Muffins
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 container greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- 3/4 cup Craisins
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, spices and Craisins and stir.
- Using a mixer, combine pumpkin puree, eggs, yogurt and honey and mix well.
- Add flour mixture and combine.
- Gently add chopped pecans.
- Divide into 12 lined muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes. Check muffins at about 12 minutes to test. Your oven may require more time.