Halloween basically starts now in our house. Mainly because fall is perfect, Halloween and horror movies are fun and pumpkin tastes yummy in everything. It is the first weekend in September, which means it's time to start baking fall treats! I discovered these bad boys about 3 years ago online. If my memory serves me right, I believe they claimed to be a weight watchers recipe. At the time, that meant it was healthy.
I'll admit, my version of healthy from 3 years ago and healthy as I now know it are very different things. These muffins may be made with processed cake mix, but coming in at under 170 calories for one delicious muffin that tastes like fall and heaven, so be it. They will remain a breakfast favorite for Mike and I. You can use gluten free cake mix if that makes you feel better. But it was either $6 or $1. I preferred to save the $5. :)
So yes, there is cake mix in this recipe. It is 1 part of the 2 part recipe! But to make you feel better about eating this low calorie treat, I have combined a short and sweet fact list of why pumpkin is so good for you! Even the canned kind!
-Pumpkin is filled with fiber. And because it's low calorie, it can aid in weight loss by keeping you fuller for longer!
-You know how bananas are known for their potassium count making it an ideal post workout snack? Well, pumpkin is JAM PACKED with potassium. Turns out, pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana's 422. This makes pumpkin an amazing choice of post work out snack to restore electrolytes and to keep muscles functioning at their best!
-It also contains beta-carotene which is known to potentially ward off cancer. And it also is said to prevent wrinkles by keeping skin supple and moisturized. Basically what I'm saying is, these muffins do more good than they do harm! And isn't that more than enough to have a yummy fall treat?! To me, yes. I mean, come on, they're delicious.
You will need:
-One box of white cake mix. Yellow cake mix. Butter cake mix. Any cake mix you choose. Get creative. But yellow, butter and white are all so great! If you want something extra special, try carrot cake mix with the pumpkin. It tastes like a holiday explosion right in your cakehole.
-One 15oz can of pure pumpkin
Makes 12 muffins
Guys... That's. It. People always asked me for the recipe and thought it was a joke. I assure you it is not.
The fun thing about these muffins are that you can literally add WHATEVER you want. White chocolate chips, chocolate chips, nuts and raisins are all great options!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the can of pumpkin and the cake mix until there are no more big chunks of cake and the batter is smooth. After it is combined, if you plan to add anything to the muffins, now is the time!
Take a muffin tin and fill with cupcake liners. I gently spray the liners with Pam to ensure they won't stick to the liner. If you don't have cupcake liners, no worries. Just spray the tins with cooking spray!
Fill each muffin tin 2/3's of the way full. These don't rise like CRAZY like regularly cupcakes or muffins so if they are full, it's all good!
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Mine almost always take about 25 minutes!
Take out of the oven and let them cool! Then eat up! If you want to be extra indulgent, put a warm one in a bowl and add in some ice cream. OMG yes.
My favorite thing in the world is a muffin for breakfast with my morning coffee. And another one maybe at 9 pm after dinner. Hehe
I hope you guys love these as much as we do! I'm so happy it's fall. Best time of the year.