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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – Recipe! Gluten-Free!

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Tis’ the season to bake with pumpkin, one of my favorite past times.  I love pumpkin in all forms – sweet & savory, but especially in baked goods. Many baked treats have a lot of sugar and are not always the best for you, but this recipe has less sugar and I used almond flour, instead of all purpose white flour.

Almond flour has great depth of flavor and adds texture to these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. If you are a pumpkin lover like I am, you must give this recipe a try.  These muffins make the perfect dessert for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups almond flour, or make your own by processing blanched almonds

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

2 tablespoon butter + more for muffin tin, room temperature

2/3 cup organic sugar + 1 tablespoon

2 extra large eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

 

To Prepare: 

1.  Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Butter your favorite muffin tin.

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2.  In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and 1 tablespoon sugar.  Set this aside until ready to use.

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3.  In a stand mixer or large bowl, mix together almond flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

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4.  In another small bowl combine the 2/3 cup sugar and softened butter together.  Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix for 2 minutes until combined.

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5.  Next, add the eggs and pumpkin to the mixture and blend together until mostly smooth, but do not over mix.

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6.  Scoop batter into each muffin cup to reach 2/3 full.

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7.  Dollop 1 teaspoon of cream cheese mixture into the center of each muffin cup.

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8.  Spoon a teaspoon of batter over each dollop of cream cheese to cover.

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9.  Place the muffin tin in the oven to bake for 23- 30 minutes until lightly golden brown around edges.

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10.  Remove the muffins from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

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11.  Remove the muffins from the tin and cool on a wire rack for 10 more minutes before serving or cool to room temperature before wrapping to store.

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12.  Serve the muffins on your favorite plate and enjoy!

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