181 Calorie Chocolate Muffins (a Hungry Girl recipe) - ButterYum
I can't believe I'm posting these - they go completely against my bake-from-scratch philosophy, but hey, they're so good, I had to tell you about them (update - I've included a homemade chocolate cake mix recipe below). The teens liked these muffins so much that they've asked me to make them repeatedly since we first tried them - what does that tell you?
I first saw the recipe on the blog Hungry Girl. When I heard they were made with only two ingredients and only contained 181 calories, I knew I wanted to try them.
I should first start by telling you that I generally don't like chocolate and pumpkin together, but honestly, all you taste here is an incredibly moist chocolate muffin.
So here we go - you'll need an 18.25 ounce box of devil's food cake mix (homemade recipe is listed below) and a 15 ounce can of 100% pure pumpkin puree. Mix the two together (just the dry mix and the pumpkin - no egg, or oil, or water). You can do this by hand, but the flat beater of your stand mixer will make quick work of it. Line a muffin pan with 12 liners; divide the batter evenly among the 12 liners (they won't rise much while baking). Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 20 minutes. Cool completely before eating.
Alternately, one recipe will make 48 soft cookies. Just use a #50 scoop to portion batter into cookie-like blobs on a silpat lined sheet pan (about 1 tablespoon each). Bake 12 per tray in a preheated 375F oven for 15 minutes. Cool completely before eating.
I let the family sample these before announcing what they were made of - nobody could taste pumpkin, yet the pumpkin adds a cool, smooth, moist quality to the muffins. They're dense, yet light at the same time - really hard to describe. They're really affordable too - 12 large muffins cost less than $3 to make.
If you're like me and prefer to to bake from scratch, this recipe makes the equivalent of one box of cake mix. I've used it to make these muffins a couple times and it works extremely well.
Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
makes the equivalent of one 18.25-ounce box
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder (sifted to remove lumps)
1/4 cup shortening
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles a box of cake mix. Alternately, you can process the ingredients in a food processor.