Yes, fall has finally arrived. Though, we have a slightly different take on autumn here in Texas. Instead of leaves turning, we have sustained temps below 100 and, if we're lucky, we might only have highs in the 80s. But with the rest of the country talking pumpkin this and pumpkin that, I'm ready to indulge in some fall treats, so today we're revisiting my quickie pumpkin muffin in a mug recipe from last year.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 flat tablespoon 1/3 less fat cream cheese
- 2 heaping tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon vanilla OR 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons golden flax meal
- 1 tablespoon almond flour (if you don't have almond flour, you can use 3 tablespoons of the flax meal)
- 3/4 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 5-6 teaspoons Truvia, separated (you can use more or less, depending on your tastes. If you use another artificial sweetener, adjust according to your personal taste)
- 1 generous tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Put cream cheese, yogurt, vanilla or lemon juice (I prefer lemon juice because it gives the frosting a less intense taste and, to me, tastes more like cream cheese frosting) and 2-3 teaspoons sweetener into a small bowl.
Mix until smooth and set aside. This gives the sweetener a chance to dissolve.
Now grab yourself a nice size mug, crack the egg into it and whisk with a fork.
Then add your flax meal/almond flour, pie seasoning, baking powder, sweetener to taste (I usually use about 3 teaspoons/packets), pumpkin and coconut oil and whisk until everything is incorporated.
Place mug in microwave and cook on high for 60-70 seconds. You can also bake it in a ramekin or divide batter between two holes of a regular size muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Those methods would probably make for a prettier muffin, but since I'm an instant gratification kind of girl, I usually go for the microwave. Besides, even in the micro, it still comes out with a nice, cakey texture.
**Note: My microwave is 1100 watts, so if yours differs, you'll need to adjust the time accordingly.
Once done baking, dump your muffin(s) onto a plate...
I like to cut mine in half before topping it with the frosting.
And I love that there's an ample amount of frosting, so that no bite is without.
I love it. Blissful pumpkin satisfaction without the guilt. Whoo-hoo!
So I was just telling my husband that I saw the Christmas stuff going up at Walmart. He frowned, but I like it. I pick up a few things here and there. Can you believe October is almost here? This year seems to have flown by in a blur. Now it's time for me to slow down and savor life for a while. But that doesn't mean there's not work to do. Proposals need to be written, new stories explored.
Ah, the joys of being a writer. :)