Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Cheese “Danish”
Have you seen the new limited edition pumpkin spice english english muffins from Thomas’?
They had totally escaped my radar until my sister sent me a text last week telling me to be sure to try them.
Since my sister and I rarely disagree about food, and I love all things “pumpkin,” her endorsement was all I needed to begin my search.
I finally found them Tuesday at Safeway.
The label says that these pumpkin spice english muffins are made with real pumpkin, spices and cinnamon.
You can definitely smell the cinnamon and spices through the packaging!
With 150 calories, 1 g fat, 29 g carbs, 1 g fiber and 5 grams protein, each whole muffin has *4 PointsPlus (*5 SmartPoints), 1 more than your standard english muffin.
After tasting them, I’d say they’re definitely worth it as a seasonal treat with a lot fewer Points than most of the pumpkin flavored products flooding the market this time of year.
Jennifer at It Sux To Be Fat has a great post detailing the Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks Pumpkin Pitfalls out there right now.
The Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Muffin has *16 PointsPlus (*22 SmartPoints) and Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin has *11 PointsPlus (*19 SmartPoints).
In case you’re interested, here’s the estimated nutritional label for the Pumpkin Muffin from Dunkin’ Donuts:
Here’s the list of ingredients in Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Muffin: Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Pumpkin, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Water, Eggs, Contains less than 2% of the following: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Aluminum Sulfate), Spices, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Sorbitan Monostearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Polysorbate 60, Soy (Trace), Milk (Trace); Streusel Topping: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Shortening (Palm Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60), Molasses, Salt, Artificial Flavor (Contains Milk Ingredients); White Icing: Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less of: Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Citric Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Artificial Flavor.
Ignorance really isn’t bliss when it comes to making food choices.
I’ve been contemplating the best way to enjoy these pumpkin spice english muffins ever since bringing them home.
They’d be great toasted and topped with:
- butter or your favorite buttery spread
- honey butter
- pumpkin butter or apple butter
- cranberry fruit spread
- orange marmalade
Skinny on Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Cheese Danish
I opted to turn them into lighter healthier pumpkin cheese “danish.”
I toasted one, spread each half with a wedge of Original Laughing Cow Light and dusted them with Pampered Chef’s Sweet Cinnamon Sprinkle (a larger granule cinnamon and sugar.)
And all I can say is YUM.
My first thought was, “This tastes like pumpkin cheesecake.”
Served with crispy, crunchy apple slices, these pumpkin spice cheese “danish” are an easy, healthy and delicious way to begin the day.
According to my calculations each “danish” has 110 calories, *3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *5 SmartPoints.
Here’s a video taste test review for Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffins:
If you like this easy + healthy recipe for Pumpkin Spice English Muffin Cheese “Danish,” you might also be interested in these Weight Watchers friendly pumpkin recipes: Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts, Low-Fat Impossible Pumpkin Pie, WW Low-Fat Cranberry-Pumpkin Scones, Low-Fat Pumpkin Quinoa Cookies and Crock Pot Pumpkin Crumb Cake
- 1 Thomas' Pumpkin Spice English Muffin
- 2 Laughing Cow Light Original cheese wedges
- Pinch of cinnamon & sugar (or plain cinnamon or nutmeg)
Split the English muffin into halves and lightly toast them.
Spread each half with a wedge of cheese.
Sprinkle with pinch of cinnamon and sugar, or plain cinnamon and nutmeg.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *3
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *5
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Weight Watchers Friendly Recipes with Pumpkin:
Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Muffins (DrizzleMeSkinny)
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Pudding (SimpleNourishedLiving)
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes (SkinnyTaste)
Pumpkin Spice Muffins (HungryGirl)
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte (SimpleNourishedLiving)
Pumpkin Butter (SkinnyTaste)
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