Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins

These Mini Pumpkin Muffins are full of pumpkin flavor and are bursting with delicious cinnamon chips. They are the perfect poppable fall breakfast!

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In case anyone is keeping track, this is my third pumpkin recipe in a row. I might need to change the name of this blog to Cate’s Pumpkin Obsession.  It is really becoming an issue. I can’t stay away from pumpkin recipes! Luckily, TheBetterHalf is a big fan of pumpkin too. This is a new development in our life. Pumpkin (like peaches ) is one of those foods that he thought he didn’t like. I successfully convinced him otherwise (I mean if you like cinnamon, how can you not like pumpkin baked goods?!), and now he can’t get enough either.  These Mini Pumpkin Muffins disappeared quickly in our house – with tons of cinnamon chips in each little pumpkin muffin, how could they not?!… 

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Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Pecan Brown Butter Icing

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I have been dreaming about pumpkin doughnuts ever since I made these.  They were SO good. But I always like to try out new recipes (and then share them with you!), so I went on the hunt for a different pumpkin doughnut recipe.  It didn’t take me long to find one.  Pumpkin recipes have really exploded in the past month. Everywhere I look, there is pumpkin – Pinterest, food blogs, Instagram pix.  But I am not complaining, I am also pumpkin obsessed!  There is just something about the color and flavor that screams fall.  … 

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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I have been cooking so much with yogurt in the past few weeks! As I mentioned when I made this delicious chocolate snack cake, the nice people at Chobani sent me some yogurt to play around with. TheBetterHalf and I have been making all kinds of great recipes with yogurt.

Some favorites were:

The possibilities with yogurt are endless!  But one of my favorite ways to use yogurt is by making a smoothie. I had some leftover pumpkin from making my pumpkin doughnuts  so I decided to whip up a pumpkin pie smoothie! … 

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Baked Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts

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I can’t even tell you how excited I am to post this recipe.  I have seen so many delicious doughnut recipes on Pinterest lately, and I just had to get involved.  So I bought two of these doughnut pans the other weekend and literally could not wait to put them to use!  And what better recipe to start with than a pumpkin doughnut!  I am happy to report they did not disappoint.  Thebetterhalf, a doughnut connoisseur, was skeptical about the concept of a baked doughnut, and he LOVED these.

The texture is remarkably similar to a cake doughnut, but a bit lighter.  The pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices give the most delicious flavor and the cinnamon sugar coating ties the whole thing together.  I snuck a few bites plain and these doughnuts are fantastic even without the cinnamon sugar.

This recipe makes enough for 15 doughnuts, and the pans only make 6 each. Luckily in my doughnut pan buying binge, I also picked up this adorable pan.  So I used my extra batter to make some pumpkin doughnut holes!  You could just bake the doughnuts in a second batch though. I see many more baked doughnut recipes in my future … these are on the menu for Saturday.  How incredible do they look??  These new doughnut pans are going to be trouble!  … 

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Pumpkin Yogurt Bread

Greek yogurt keeps this Pumpkin Yogurt Bread super moist but still low in fat and calories. This light and skinny pumpkin bread is a healthy way to get your pumpkin fix!

Pumpkin Yogurt Bread - skinny, healthy, and delicious! | ChezCateyLou.com

I have gotten into the (bad) habit of going to Starbucks before work almost every morning.  And almost every morning while I wait in line, I stare into that pastry case.  It is so hard to resist their delicious baked goods.  The fact that NYC posts the calories next to each food item does aid in my self control a little bit (how does a raspberry scone have 480 calories?!), but sometimes I just can’t help myself.  When I give in to the temptation, I almost always pick the pumpkin loaf.  I am obsessed with pumpkin, and the Starbucks loaf is so moist and full of flavor.  However at 390 calories a slice, I am pretty sure there is a lot of oil contributing to that texture!  So I decided to make my own pumpkin bread, using yogurt to keep it moist and lower in calories and fat.  (I love baking with yogurt, like here and here) The results were amazing!  It had great pumpkin flavor, highlighted by the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The yogurt gave the bread a great texture, and underbaking the bread just slightly also helped to keep it very moist.  This pumpkin yogurt bread  was just as good as Starbucks, and I didn’t feel guilty about eating more than one slice!  … 

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