Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

YIELD: Makes 12 muffins

INGREDIENTS

2 cups

all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp.

ground cinnamon

1 tsp.

baking soda

1/2 tsp.

salt

1/2 cup

chopped walnuts

1 cup

solid-pack pumpkin

1 cup

honey

1/4 cup

vegetable oil

2

eggs

at room temperature, slightly beaten

1/4 cup

low-fat buttermilk

1 tsp.

vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in walnuts.

In a separate bowl, blend pumpkin, honey, oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until smooth. Pour pumpkin mixture over dry ingredients. Stir just until mixed.

Spoon batter into paper lined muffin cups, filling each to just below the rim. Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of muffins comes out clean.

Let pan cool on rack for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and let cool on rack completely.

Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting, if desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a small bowl, with electric mixer, beat 8 ounces cream cheese (softened to room temperature) with 1/3 cup honey, until fluffy.