Monday, February 21, 2011

Quick and Easy Low Cal Chocolate Muffins

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I saw these last week over at Butter Yum and knew I had to give them a try!  Patricia at Butter Yum said that she first saw these on the cooking show called Hungry Girl.  It’s funny because I just saw the Hungry Girl show for the first time a couple of weeks ago.  Some of her recipes seemed extreme and I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners and the show I watched seemed to use nothing but artificial everything…..I wish I would have caught the episode when she made these tasty muffins.    Patricia at Butter Yum said she hesitated posting these because she is known for being a “bake from scratch baker”.    But who can resist something this quick and easy?  If you have time, check out her blog…she really has some wonderful recipes. 

Anyway, the main reason they caught my eye….besides the fact that they are made of chocolate….is they only take two ingredients!  Yes, just two!  One can of pumpkin and one cake mix.  Each muffin has only 181 calories.   I read through some of the comments on Butter Yum’s post and someone suggested to add 1/2 cup of water because the batter is so thick.  So that is what I did. 

With your mixer,  combine your cake mix with 1 can of pureed pumpkin and the half cup of water.      I mixed for about 2 minutes on medium.  Fill your cupcake pan that is lined with paper cupcake cups and Bake at 350 for about 18 to 20 minutes.  That’s it!    These will definitely give you a chocolate fix if that’s what you need.

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Another comment on Butter Yum’s blog post recommend adding in some chocolate chips and another person said this works great with a spice cake mix too. The pumpkin and the spice cake together would make a great combo don’t you think?  Will definitely be giving that a try too.  See, I told you these were quick and easy!


Jane said...

You had me at two ingredients!! Now I can handle this :)
The muffins look delicious, and I like that they are only 180 calories. My hubby is a chocolate addict so I'm going to make these for him. I think the spice ones sound delicious too.

The White Farmhouse said...

I saw these at Patricia's blog! I have them on my to do list. You had me drooling at using a spice cake mix. I bet that would be good also. I love your cupcake liners! Those are so pretty!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I have to make these. Such a low calorie treat. I think I will try it with the spice cake. Yummy!!!

stacycakes said...

I make these all the time, they are delicious, and if you had some ghuiradelli chips even better!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I have made the spice mix version! Bumped up the pumpkin pie spice and added cream cheese frosting-big hit at the office! Many versions of this out there, chocolate and cherry pie filling, etc. Have fun:@)

Verde Farm said...

These sound wonderful. 2 ingredients --that’s hard to beat. Yummy!

sissie said...

I have got to make these, they look and sound wonderful.


Sue said...

how eggs??..
and they look fabulous...I know a blogger who has a little girl that is allergic to eggs...I will have to sent her this post..the poor little thing misses out on eating cake...thanks for sharing! Oh, and where did you find those baking cups..they go perfect with the chocolate muffin..

JMJE said...

Oooh this sounds good. I made something similar one time but with spice mix and pumpkin but I like the idea of chocolate and pumpkin together with the addition of chocolate chips.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

These sound almost too good to be true. Remember, I said "almost." Your photo is very captivating in the cute black and white muffin paper cups.

Butter Yum makes some delicious goodies.

Marianne said...

I made these yesterday after seeing them on your blog. I added just two tablespoons of water and mixed the ingredients by hand - it didn't take long at all. The muffins were delicious, so moist and chocolatey! They did overflow the liners a bit, but they were still yummy.

Farmer Jo said...

Wow! That is a great idea! I love the spice cake idea. :) I wonder if it would work with apple sauce?

ButterYum said...

Hi Lisa - How did I ever miss this post? Just the other day, one of my daughters asked me to make these again. I'm so glad you liked them. Love your muffin liners!!