What comes to mind when you think of fall? Well, if you’re anything like me, you think of pumpkin spice lattes, cider donuts, and pumpkin muffins. And if you live in New England, you know where you can find these treats — Dunkin’ Donuts.
Common sense tells you these aren’t the “healthiest” snacks in the world. But did you know that Dunkin Donuts’ Pumpkin Muffins have 100 more calories than a Bacon, Egg & Cheese, 160 more calories than a bagel with cream cheese, and 30 more calories than two glazed donuts!?! Not to mention the unhealthy fats, processed sugars, and chemicals that go into making the muffins so delicious.
Let’s get this straight. I am NOT telling you to STOP eating them. Everything in moderation. I love myself a good Dunkin Donuts’ muffin. But, is it something you should pick up on your way to work every day? Probably not…
Allow me to offer you a better alternative…make them yourself! Using only four ingredients, you can make a similar product without all of the unhealthy calories. Make just a few alterations, change the portion size, and suddenly the pumpkin muffin can be an everyday treat. It’s definitely not the healthiest snack, but it’s a yummy fall treat that is MUCH healthier than the Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Muffin!
Homemade Pumpkin Muffins
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Grease muffin pan
- In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, pumpkin puree, and spices
- Scoop batter into muffin cups (Tip: they should be about ⅔ the way full)
- Bake for 15-18 minutes (or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean)
Streusel Topping (optional)
- 2 tbs chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 tbs flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tbs canola oil (or butter)
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well blended
- Sprinkle on top of muffins before baking!
So what are the major differences between the two recipes…?
- Portion size — My homemade muffins are smaller.
- Fat content — To sum it up, Dunkin Donuts’ muffins are filled with bad fat and the homemade muffins with streusel are loaded with good fat! Without streusel, the recipe is FAT FREE which equals less calories. Fat is GOOD for you, it just has to be moderated.
- Less everything — My pumpkin muffins have less sugar, sodium, and ingredients than Dunkin Donuts’ Pumpkin Muffins. They are more natural & less processed.
- And here’s a scary fact…One Dunkin Donuts’ Pumpkin Muffin provides at least ¼ of your daily recommended value of carbs, fat, and sodium! Plus they are loaded with cholesterol.
- Finally, my recipe is NOT the most natural, healthy option out there, but it is easy, cheap and much healthier than the Dunkin Donuts alternative!