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You guys have heard me talk about how I was once a Starbucks® addict.


I used to drink Starbucks almost every day, and sometimes twice a day! EEK! Not only was that a big hit on my health, but my pocketbook sure suffered as well.

I am happy to report that I have since broken my Starbucks addiction and since learning that coffee is a migraine trigger for me, I only stop in occasionally for an iced tea. But boy do I miss coffee. I don’t really miss the sugary coffee drinks, but I miss a cup of coffee with a big splash of cream. Yum… For more about how I broke my coffee habit and what I created as a suitable substitute, read this post here.

Earlier this Fall, I was going through their drive-thru to pick up a coffee for my husband and I saw their sign announcing that their pumpkin cream cheese muffins were back.

I used to LOVE those muffins. They were the perfect accompaniment to my pumpkin spice latte…Can you say sugar overload?

In any case, that brought back memories of those tasty muffins and I set out to re-create them in a slightly healthier version. This is what I developed and they are pretty dang tasty if I do say so myself.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins (a Starbucks® copycat recipe) :: #GrainFree and #GlutenFree / #Primal // deliciousobsessions.com

The muffin is moist and flavorful and is perfectly offset with a bite of tangy cream cheese filling.

They make the perfect snack or dessert for your holiday meals — or, if you’re like me, any time of year. It’s always pumpkin season in my house! 🙂


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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins (a Starbucks® copycat recipe) :: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Option

Yield: 18 Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

If you've been a fan of the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins from Starbucks, you are going to swoon for this copycat recipe. Dare I say they taste just like those muffins (or perhaps even better!)? Enjoy!


Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients

  • 8 oz. full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature (for dairy-free, use a vegan cream cheese like Kite Hill, Daiya, or VioLife)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lime juice (or lemon)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup

Toppings (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl, whip the cream cheese filling ingredients together until light and fluffy.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. With your mixer running, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until fully incorporated.
  6. Line your muffin tins with paper wrappers. If you don't use wrappers, make sure you grease your muffin tins well.
  7. Spoon the muffing mixture into the pan, filling each slot 1/3 full.
  8. Add a dollop (about 2 tsp.) of the cream cheese mixture directly in the middle of each muffin.
  9. Top each muffin with a few pumpkin seeds and candied ginger.
  10. Bake at 350 F for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when you test the middle of a muffin.
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving.
  12. This recipe makes approximately 18 muffins.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 193mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

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Were you ever a Starbuck’s® addict? What was your favorite thing to get there? Leave a comment below! 

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