Hello Fall…you know what that means…it is PUMPKIN time!! I have to say the beginning of Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Bring on the pumpkins, yummy foods and cooler weather!!
A match made in pumpkin heaven…
Over the next few months you will see pumpkin recipes everywhere, for everything so I thought why not start with the first meal of the day…MUFFINS (I mean breakfast)! I love pumpkin bread for sure but pumpkin muffins are my favorite. They are even better when loaded with cream cheese and chocolate.
If you frequent starbucks (like I do) I am sure you have seen their pumpkin bread, cookies, scones and muffins. They are really good but none of them have chocolate in them. In my opinion pumpkin and chocolate are a match made in heaven and these muffins are that and even more.
Layer it up…
To make these muffins super decadent they are loaded with 2 types of chocolate and a delicious cheesecake filling in the center. To make sure each bite is perfect I start with a cookie scoop of pumpkin batter into the bottom each muffin liner. Then comes the cheesecake mixture and then more pumpkin…and wait we are not done yet. I sprinkle more chocolate chips on top with some decorative sugar…just for some extra yummy.
By adding the cheesecake mixture to the middle of the muffin it cooks up evenly and is a perfect little surprise when you bite into this delicious muffin. If cream cheese goodness if not your thing you can definitely bake these muffins up with it….but really why would you?
Line muffin tins with 15 liners, or spray with nonstick spray, set aside
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar until smooth
Add in egg yolk and vanilla, mixing until smooth, set aside
In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt & pumpkin pie spice
In a separate bowl whisk together brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, oil, milk & vanilla until well combined
Pour pumpkin mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined
Stir in chocolate chips, until just combined
Using a small cookie scoop, place 1 scoop (or 1 tablespoon) of muffin batter into each muffin liner
Spoon 1 tablespoon cheesecake filling on top of muffin batter
Place 1 more scoop (or 1 tablespoon) of muffin batter over the cheesecake filling
Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and sugar (if using)
Place in oven and bake for 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature (keeping muffins in the oven) to 350 and continue baking for another 12-15 minutes, or until starting to brown
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes
Serve and ENJOY!!
Each muffin is 13 WW Smart Points
Calories 306 - Calories from Fat 153 - Total Fat 17 g - Saturated Fat 6.6 g - Monounsaturated Fat 6.2 g - Polyunsaturated Fat 3.8 g - Trans Fat 0 g - Cholesterol 58 g - Sodium 249 mg - Potassium 169 mg - Total Carbohydrate 34 g - Dietary Fiber 1 g - Sugars 20 g - Protein 4 g
Vitamin A 56 % - Vitamin C 0 % - Calcium 7 % - Iron 6 %