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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Janet W. says
These muffins look absolutely delicious! I’m excited to try this recipe!
Connie Dampier says
These look so good how can I get more like this.
I know that the point system has changed since the the time I posted this recipe. They may be counting things differently now. Either way, they’re yummy! :)
SUPER yummy and totally easy to make! :)
(Side note- I came up with 2 points for the minis. ;)
I don’t know. I’m no longer a Weight Watchers member, so I can’t check their point calculator. The muffins are already so low point-wise that I would guess it can only go down a point.
Do you know what the difference in points would be if you use a sugar free cake mix ?
Of course! I just use the standard 15 oz can.
DEBBIE DOROMBOZI says
Can you tell me what size can of the pumpkin puree you use in this recipe? Thank you
shelly peterson says
Oh these look amazing. My family loves muffins. I will have to try these.
We have made these before and they totally hit the spot when you are looking for something sweet!
Christina @ I Gotta Create! says
Sounds so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing at the Wildly Original link party!
<3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
They are SO easy! And believe me…when my mom came to visit, even though she’s not doing WW either, she got totally hooked and went right home to make some for my dad. :)
Brandi Clevinger says
I am printing this recipe as I type. I do not do weight watchers, but these look yummy and easy to make!
Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!
I was very hesitant to try these at first. I was worried that they wouldn’t taste very good…but they’re surprisingly moist and delicious. Just not as sweet as cake. Which is a good thing most of the time. :)
Creative Mama Renee says
Muffins that are only 2-3 ingredients and good for you? Yes please! Definitely pinning this to try!