About a month after I had my baby I decided to join Weight Watchers. I joined because I wanted to lose weight while being smarter with the food I was eating and maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially because I am nursing. Weight Watchers has a point allowance for nursing mothers, which is ultimately why I went with the program. So far, I have lost 5 pounds in 3.5 weeks and feel more energized. I love tracking points and am thankful that there are apps to track and scan the things I eat. It's honestly much easier than I expected it to be.
I chose this recipe because of my love of pumpkin. I will say that this is not my favorite pumpkin recipe, it was just okay. The muffins tasted low fat and weren't bad for being a healthier option. A lot of the reviews said to use eggs instead of an egg substitute and add cranberries or chocolate chips to the recipes. I laughed because that takes the healthy part of the recipe away. I do agree that they would be better with all that added, but along with adding the ingredients you'll be adding points. I would probably add more pumpkin next time and less applesauce. I'd also add some pumpkin pie spice. Overall, I'd try these if you're looking for a healthy pumpkin muffin recipe.
1 spray(s) cooking spray
2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp table salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2/3 cup(s) unsweetened applesauce
1 cup(s) canned pumpkin
2/3 cup(s) sugar
1/2 cup(s) fat-free egg substitute
2/3 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
* Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a 12-hole muffin tin with cooking spray. Line with cupcake wrappers if desired.
* Combine flour, baking powder, salt , baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
* Combine applesauce, pumpkin, sugar, egg substitute and milk in a medium bowl; mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
* Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture and mix until completely incorporated.
* Pour batter into muffin tins so each hole is about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Yields 1 muffin per serving.
* We use both cooking spray and muffin wrappers to prevent any batter from sticking to the top of the pan but you can use a nonstick pan instead, if you prefer.