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A delicious and healthier way to indulge in your seasonal favorites.

When cooler, fall weather begins to hit, so do the pumpkin spice cravings. Did you know there are many health benefits to this seasonal favorite? Pumpkin is particularly rich in vitamin A, which can help lower your risk of eye-related conditions. Pumpkin also contains a high antioxidant content and is rich in vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system. 

Many fall favorite spices can have beneficial effects on your health also. Cinnamon, which has been studied for numerous health benefits, is shown to be full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease by lowering levels of LDL and total cholesterol and triglycerides. Ongoing studies reveal cinnamon may help reduce insulin resistance and help to lower blood sugar levels. Ginger has been found to help aid digestion and reduce nausea, while cloves and nutmeg contain powerful antioxidants. 
Yields: 15 muffins


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup toasted and chopped pecans 
  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (see recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F and line muffin tin with liners. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Add pumpkin, honey, eggs, butter and yogurt, and mix until combined. Fold in 3/4 cup pecans.
  4. Divide batter into muffin liners, then top with remaining pecans and brown sugar. Bake until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let muffins cool in pan, then serve.

Nutrition information (1 muffin): 194Kcal, 11gm fat, 4gm saturated fat, 156mg sodium, 21gm carbohydrate, 2gm fiber, 12gm sugar, 4gm protein

Pumpkin pie spice


  • 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Mix all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months
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