Easy & Healthy Chocolate Muffin Recipe

Sundays are usually an at-home day for us. This is a quiet recharge kind of day. One of my favorite things we do sometimes is cooking together. I’ll start cooking something for the coming week and someone will ask “Can I help?”.  And so we spend the next little bit engaged in conversation and activity making or baking something.

One of our latest favorites is a very simple and fast recipe originally from the Hungry Girl cookbook. We call these Chocolate Muffins but Hungry Girl calls them “Yum Yum Brownie Muffins”. My 11 year old made the one in the picture for Christmas dessert and sometimes she makes them during the week for a special snack.

Easy & healthy chocolate muffins

Ingredients

1 box of Devil’s Food Cake mix (or make your own mix – dry ingredients only)

1 15oz can of pumpkin, solid pack

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven for 400 degrees F (205 degrees Celsius) Spray your muffin or mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray or wipe gently with olive oil
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the dry cake mix with the can of pumpkin. (Do not add any other ingredients!) Mix until all the wet ingredients are wet with pumpkin. (It will look thick, but that’s okay.)
  3. Fill your muffin tins and bake.  Regular size muffins cook for about 20 minutes. Mini-muffins cook for less time, depending on the size of your pan (you’ll need to check them to guage the time with your equipment).

This recipe is so yummy it’s hard to keep them in the house. They freeze well, but around here don’t tend to last that long.  And the best part is that they are relatively low calorie (compared to other muffins) and low fat, and have an extra boost of fiber and nutrition (esp. vitamin A) thanks to the pumpkin.

Side note: when we’ve been out of eggs or oil, we’ve used the pumpkin trick in other chocolate cake recipes too. Generally 1/4 cup pumpkin can be substituted for 1 egg or for the oil portion. I haven’t experiminted with it too much, but it definitely has worked each time we’ve tried it.  We’ve also used applesauce in place of oil in other muffin recipes. But pumpkin adds better nutrition and we like chocolate!

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7 Responses to Easy & Healthy Chocolate Muffin Recipe

  1. Wow,this is what I’m looking for,,that is a healthy food This is another kind of Healthy Muffin Recipe By making your own muffins, you can make them in mini-muffin tins or only fill your regular muffin tins half full. You will have a healthier portion size

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  6. Claude says:

    I’m able to almost smell this already, unfortunately I don’t have the ingredients at home right now, else I would’ve made one (or two ;) ) directly.

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