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Skinny Coffee Cake Muffins

posted by Julie Evink on January 1, 2014
Skinny Coffee Cake Muffins ~ Amazing muffins that are a little on the lighter side and taste like the “real” thing!

Skinny Coffee Cake Muffins ~ Amazing muffins that are a little on the lighter side and taste like the "real" thing!


I’m officially done with all my Christmas festivities and I’m wearing the stretchy pants. I really need to get back to the exercise and moderation of sweets! Feeling a little like that too?

These Coffee Cake Muffins are “skinnied” up a little to help you get back into your jeans, but you aren’t able to tell! That’s a must for me.

Skinny Coffee Cake Muffins ~ Amazing muffins that are a little on the lighter side and taste like the "real" thing!

I made a big batch of these up during my “vacation” over Christmas. The “vacation” I’ve decided I might need another vacation to recover from. On the plate was hosting two Christmas’s and being sick! YUCK! ‘Tis the season right?

My father-in-law is recovering from surgery and I may have sent a big plate of these out to my in-laws with the hubs and his Dad couldn’t even tell! Now that is a impressive task.

Skinny Coffee Cake Muffins ~ Amazing muffins that are a little on the lighter side and taste like the "real" thing!

Even if you aren’t looking for a “skinny” recipe you will love these muffins. They are light, fluffy and loaded with cinnamon and pecans. The powdered sugar drizzle on top dresses them up and gives them a little “sweetness” that is a must in my book!

Skinny Coffee Cake Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 18 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Skinny Coffee Cake Muffins


  • 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. egg substitute
  • 1 c. reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 18 muffin liners in muffin tin and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Remove 3 Tbsp of mixture for topping of muffins. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl cream sugar and butter for about 3 minutes on medium speed. Add egg substitute and beat for 3 minutes. Ad sour cream, water and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  4. In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.Make a well in the center of mixture and add sour cream. Stir until just combined.
  5. Gently fold brown sugar mixture (remember to reserve 3 Tbsp for topping) into batter.
  6. Spoon batter into prepare cups. Sprinkle batter with reserved brown sugar mixture.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. or until they test done. Remove from oven and place muffins on wire rack immediately and cool for 10 minutes.
  8. In a small bowl mixture together powdered sugar and milk stirring until smooth. Drizzle over muffins.
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  • marcie

    These look absolutely delicious!

  • Maria

    These look so good, as do the caramel apple muffins!!!!

  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    I hope your FIL has a speedy recovery! These muffins look great, Julie! Pinned ’em earlier. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Oh the stretchy pants have been on and these muffins will be so needed. Love that taste is not comprised at all here. Pinned!!

    PS: I hope your FIL gets well soon. These were helpful I bet 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Glad I’m not the only one!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I feel like we should all take a vacation to recuperate from our vacation. These muffins look perfect. I’m all about healthier treats. Pinned.

  • claire

    Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there 🙂

    Claire x

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    Moderation of sweets? Um…..yeah. Just because I’m pregnant doesn’t mean I need to eat them ALL!!

    • Julie Evink

      But it is a good excuse 🙂

  • Kelsey

    What is the nutrition for these muffins?? Thank you <3

    • Julie Evink

      Hey Kelsey! I don’t provide the nutritional information for recipes because I’m not a dietitian and people use different brands of ingredients. I usually refer people to so you can easily figure out the nutritional value!

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