Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: 2-Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins & Cookies
These 2-ingredient chocolate pumpkin muffins, mini muffins, and cookies made with just chocolate cake mix and a can of pumpkin are a lighter, healthier way to satisfy a sweet tooth.
And did I mention how easy they are?
Just stir together a can of pumpkin (or see how easy it is to make your own healthy pumpkin puree) and box of dry cake mix and bake!
I first learned of these skinny sweet treats in one of my Weight Watchers meetings when a member asked how many PointsPlus values there were in the muffins made from cake mix and canned pumpkin.
I hadn’t heard of them and had no idea, so suggested she could use her PointsPlus calculator to figure it out from the nutritional labels on the two ingredients and/or do a Google search.
Her question piqued my curiosity and sent me off on a search of my own…
The Skinny on 2-Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins and Cookies
It appears the recipe may have originated with Hungry Girl.
She calls her 2-ingredient chocolate pumpkin muffins (with a PointsPlus value of *5) Yum Yum Brownie Muffins.
I also stumbled upon a recipe for turning the two ingredients into cookies in Camilla Saulsbury’s fun cookbook The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book: More Than 375 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin with a Box of Cake Mix.
Which to make, muffins or cookies? I decided to stir the two ingredients together and make a few muffins, mini muffins and cookies from it.
Talk about a fun and successful experiment. Everything turned out tasty.
The muffins and mini muffins were moist and not-too-sweet.
I added a few mini chocolate chips to the remaining batter used to make the cookies, giving them a richer flavor.
My guys thought they were all good but liked the cookies best 🙂
Here’s a fun video with Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, demonstrating How to Make these Simple 2 Ingredient Chocolate Muffins:
Canned pumpkin is really good for you too. It’s packed with fiber and vitamins and naturally low in fat.
The Points value depends on the size of the muffins/cookies you make. If you make 12 muffins, each one will have *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *8 SmartPoints, *11 Freestyle SmartPoints.
If you make smallish 24 muffins, each one will have *2 PointsPlus, *4 SmartPoints, *5 Freestyle SmartPoints.
If you make 36 mini muffins or cookies, you can have three for *5 PointsPlus, *9 SmartPoints, *12 Freestyle SmartPoints.
So many options to consider. Enjoy!
Curious about Weight Watchers Freestyle/Flex plan?
Watch this short video to learn more:
If you like these easy, 2-ingredient pumpkin chocolate muffins/cookies, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly sweets recipes including: No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies, WW 2-Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake, Baked Pumpkin Donuts, WW Classic 3-2-1 Microwave Mug Cake and Salted Peanut Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you’ve made these 2-ingredient muffins and cookies, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.
WW 2-Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins & Cookies Recipe
- 15 ounces canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 box (18.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
- 2/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
- Makes 12 regular or 36 mini muffins or 36 cookies.
- Position an oven rack in the center of the oven.
- For muffins, preheat the oven to 400F degrees and line 12 muffin cups or 36 mini muffin cups with paper liners or coat them with non-stick spray.
- For cookies, preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or coat with non-stick spray.
- Make the batter in a large bowl by mixing just the two ingredients together, ignoring the instructions on the cake mix. This will take some effort and the mixture will be very very thick!
- Stir in the mini semisweet chocolate chips, if using.
- For muffins, place batter into the prepared (or mini muffin) tins. Bake at 400F degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes for muffins and 12 minutes for the mini-muffins.
- For cookies, drop by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 9 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are firm and the centers are just barely set when lightly touched.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets and then transfer the cookies/muffins with a spatula to wire racks to cool completely.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Weight Watchers Pumpkin Cake + Desserts
- Easy Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Cake Recipes (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Cookie Recipes (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Muffins (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Weight Watchers Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Pumpkin Butter (SkinnyTaste)
- Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Muffins (DrizzleMeSkinny)
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