Good For YOU–Chocolate Muffins

It was quite a cold morning here in Pensacola, Florida, so I decided I would make up a batch of my Good for you Chocolate Muffins.  I really love these.  They are a decadent treat with Greek Yogurt and a cup of British PG Tips tea in the evening.

I love to find recipes and try to figure out ways to save on the calorie count to fit into my healthy lifestyle.  In fact I do not even follow a recipe anymore without changing out the oil, or the sugar, or the spices.

When I was in Weight Watchers I came across a recipe that used canned pumpkin and water ONLY in sugar-free cake mixes.  I tried it and now even my husband loves these muffins!

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Empty the cake mix, the canned pumpkin (do not use pumpkin pie filling – check the calorie content of what you are buying) and the water into your mixing bowl.  I started with one cup of water and then added the additional one-forth cup the cake mix instructions suggested.  Mix for two minutes and spoon the mixture into your cupcake tins.

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The mixture is thick, almost like a pudding.  Bake at 325 degrees for about 18 minutes, or however long it takes for your oven to bake the muffins.

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When the muffins are done they will “fall” a bit because there are no eggs in the recipe.  I let them cool and then I place the muffins in a freezer bag and freeze them!  That is the secret.

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I worked out the Weight Watchers Points Plus points value and it comes out to 2 points per muffin.  If you are a follower of Hungry Girl at http://www.hungry-girl.com/ you will find a wide array of similar desserts.

The idea is to experiment and try different things.  The yellow cake sugar-free cake mix gives you a more pumpkin flavored muffin which is wonderful in the fall and winter. I love using zucchini in this same sugar-free cake mix.

The fun part is if you have children or grandchildren who don’t like to eat their vegetables, this is one way you can sneak in some natural goodness.  I have frosted these and my grandchildren did not even know!  I love being a savvy Nana.  Enjoy!

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16 thoughts on “Good For YOU–Chocolate Muffins”

  1. Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to make these for my dad. He loves sweets but as a diabetic he must watch his sugar intake. I think these muffins will be a perfect treat for him. Pinning the recipe! 😀

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    • Thank you! If you look for me on Pinterest you will see I have a Weight Watchers board set up with many recipes that will help your Dad. I am glad this is something that he will be able to enjoy. <3

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  2. These look really good! I never thought about canned pumpkin with choc cake recipe! I will try this. Have you ever made the similar recipe using canned black beans (in place of the pumpkin)? They are also good and low in calories! My daughter has been making a chili that simply used three cans of different beans and canned pumpkin. It’s really yummy, low-cal and you can spice it up!

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    • Yes. I use the black beans in the sugar free brownie mix. I found that if I add cinnamon and vanilla they come out yummy. Protein is better than fat any day. We make our chili with the beans but I have never tried canned pumpkin with it before. Yummy. I need to figure out a substitute for the canned pumpkin for my British friends. It is not as easy to get hold of over there. Any suggestions?

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  3. Sound wonderful, Colleen, alas I’ve never seen tinned pumpkins here in the UK. In fact the only time I ever see pumpkins in the UK is the few weeks leading up to Halloween and then they are gone for another year.

    I love the way your Grandchildren also love eating these muffins without them even knowing you have sneaked in some natural goodness vegetables. I can remember as a child always trying to hide my vegetables underneath a pile of mashed potato on my plate. Of course, I hardly ever got away with it. 😉

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