Fall is officially here! It doesn’t feel much like it here in Florida, but I’m used to that. I lived in Charlotte for a few years and was lucky enough to experience the changing of seasons.
Everyone says fall is their favorite, and I am right up there with them; what’s not to love about cooler weather, scarves, pumpkin, and apple-flavored treats!
Inspired by Starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffins, I wanted to make at home gluten and dairy-free pumpkin muffins. I still struggle with baking gluten-free—the consistency of some gluten-free flours just arent the same. So I used one of my favorite brands to help me out! Simple Mills makes an array of gluten, soy, grain, and dairy-free box mixes as well as crackers and cookies.
I bought a box of their gluten-free pumpkin muffin & bread mix.
All you need to add are eggs, water, and oil, just like a regular box mix.
I wanted to do a dairy-free cream cheese filling for the muffins. I like kite hill dairy-free plain cream cheese. It’s made out of almond milk and is very similar to regular cream cheese. I added some pumpkin pie spice and a splash of coconut milk. I also used swerve confectioners sugar to sweeten the filling.
Swerve is a sugar replacement. I saw this a lot when I tried the Keto diet, but I never really tried it until now. Swerve contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or flavors. It’s zero-calorie, non-glycemic. It measures cup for cup for regular sugar. I picked up their brown sugar and confectioner’s sugar to try in this recipe.
It tastes great and doesn’t have that “fake” sugar after taste.
I combined the brown sugar with some cassava flour, pumpkin pie spice, and ghee to create the brown sugar crumble for the top.
I scooped half the batter into the cupcake tins and then put in a dollop of the cream cheese filling. I covered the filling with more muffin batter. I topped them off with the crumble.
These bake for 20 minutes. Let me tell you, and they were so good! No grit. No funky after taste. The cream cheese filling was soft and gooey. The crumble tasted like fall. So many warm flavors that come together with the tangy filling.
These are what fall dreams are made of! Guilt-free, and 100% gluten-free.