Thursday, October 24, 2013

Low Fat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These are super easy lowfat muffins...

Recently I saw a recipe on Pinterest for 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins that I wanted to try out.  The recipe called for a spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin (boy that sounded easy and you know I like easy), but when I got home from the store with the ingredients and mixed them up I could tell it was going to be one of those EPIC Pinterest fails, it was really thick and gross looking, and I could hardly get them mixed together, it was super dry!

Instead of pitching the entire batch I decided to add a few ingredients to moisten them up and at least make them easier to get in the muffin tins!  I only added a few extra ingredients and they turned out great, they were really quite moist and delicious (ok so the chocolate chips didn't add extra moisture but they did add a little extra pizzazz.)  The batch made 21 muffins and I figured out that they are only about 4 weight watchers points + a piece (If I had made them a little smaller and made 24 muffins they figured out to be 3 points + a piece.)  I like to freeze muffins in packages of 2 so it is easy to pull out at night for a quick easy breakfast in the morning and you can eat 2 of these muffins with a piece of fruit and only have an 8 point breakfast (6 points if you make them smaller!)  If you give them a try, I would love to hear what you think!

Lowfat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 package spice cake mix (I love Duncan Hines)
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
2 eggs
1 small container of applesauce (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray or line with paper liners.  Mix cake mix, can of pumpkin, eggs, applesauce together in a medium size bowl until well blended.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Spoon into muffin tins.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 17 to 20 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

133.4 Calories each, Fat 3.6, Carbs. 23.6 ,Fiber 0.7 g. , Protien 1.9 g., 
4 weight watchers points + each

Mix all ingredient except chocolate chips in medium size bowl

Stir until well blended

Add chocolate chips

spoon into prepared muffin tins
(my batch made 21 muffins, but if I had put a little less
 in each one I might have eeked out 24 muffins, which would have 
made them  116 calories and only 3 WW points + each)

Bake in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes

Enjoy your tasty warm lowfat muffins!

I figured out the nutrition information from Sparks People Recipe Calculator.  It is free and easy to use and it helps when trying to figure out calories, or points if you are on a calorie restricted plan like weight watchers.  Weight Watchers has a recipe builder, but you have to be a member to access their tool.  I hope you enjoy these delicious low fat muffins as much as we did!

Bake on!

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