When I get into to something, I tend to go in with both feet. When I started Weight Watchers during the last week of 2014, I had no idea how obsessed I would become with finding and creating delicious recipes that are better for me. OK, it sounds kind of silly when I say it like that. Who wouldn’t want to find delicious good-for-you recipes?
Since I do love to indulge in sweets now and then, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for small bite-sized desserts that could satisfy my sweet tooth without adding bulge to my waist line. I heard people talking all over Pinterest about these 2-ingredient pumpkin-cake mix muffins and I got curious. Since I almost always have a can or two of pumpkin in my cupboards left over from the fall, and I always have a few varieties of cake mix, I decided to give it a try. 2 ingredients? Easy enough!
When people said that the mini muffins were only 1 PointsPlus, and the regular sized muffins were just 2 PointsPlus, I flipped. I usually think of muffins as being horrible, heavy, bad for you (ok, they taste wonderful….but I’m trying to talk myself out of them right now…). I was almost nervous to try these Weight Watchers friendly muffins. I tried them and fell head over heels in love. I have now made 4 batches of pumpkin muffins and experimented with a few varieties.
I decided to investigate how many Points+ would be added if I put chocolate chips in the muffins, and I was thrilled to find that adding just a half cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips brought the regular sized muffins up to about 3 Points+ a piece but kept the mini muffins at 1 Points+. Verdict: the addition of chocolate chips is worth it!
These delicious and simple muffins are easy to make and use NO eggs or oil – that’s how they stay so “good” for you.
Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins (Pumpkin Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice)
- 1 box cake mix
- 1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin puree
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
- Heat oven to 350°. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix cake mix and pumpkin puree until combined. Add chocolate chips, if desired.
- Using a spoon or cookie scoop (I highly recommend using a scoop!), add batter to muffin liners, filling ¾ full.
- Bake mini muffins for approximately 16-18 minutes and regular muffins for approximately 22-24 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
- **Makes about 48 mini muffins or 24 regular sized muffins (I end up getting a few less of the big ones because I like to make my muffins pretty full!).
Try adding one ripe banana, mashed, to your cake batter. It's a delicious "free" addition!
Don’t you love how easy they are? So now you don’t have to give up a chocolately treat when you’re trying to lose weight.
Do you think you’d try the chocolate muffins or the spice cake/yellow cake muffins first?
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Note: I am currently a paid ambassador for Weight Watchers, but this recipe post is not sponsored or endorsed by Weight Watchers in any way. I am just excited to share the fun and fresh new recipes I’m finding and eating while I am losing weight!
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