Sunday, November 24, 2013

baking with pumpkins.

Halloween has come and gone, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there are pumpkins EVERYWHERE.

And candy from those trick-or-treaters who never came.

Darn them.

Leave no pumpkin to waste (nor any fun sized Snickers bar!) and whip up this easy, pumpkin-based fall favorite from our kitchen. Whether you're like me and prefer all pumpkin guts (cleaned and processed, of course!) to come from a can located on aisle 12, or if you don't mind rolling up your sleeves and going after that gourd (or is it a squash?) yourself, these pumpkin-infused treats are hard to beat!

Pumpkin Spiced Muffins
These little devils could not be any tastier or easier to make. I learned this method a few years ago at a Weight Watchers meeting, and have been making them every fall since then. Instead of using oil and eggs, simply sub a can of pure pumpkin. The results are delicious and far less calories and fat than its full-flavor counterpart! You can easily sub the spice cake for any other box of cake mix, but something about the way the spice cake marries with the pumpkin yields a perfect medley of fall flavors. I made these last weekend and Spencer said they tasted like little bites of pumpkin pie. WIN!

1 box spice cake mix
1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix until just combined.
Spoon into prepared muffin tins, lined with paper liners.
Bake according to directions on the cake mix.

That's it! These little guys are so moist and delicious. Your whole house will smell amazing while they are baking!
BONUS: They freeze really well, too. Just freeze leftovers in a sealed plastic baggie. Pop one out whenever you feel like it and microwave for 30 seconds.


We both love these muffins! I'm thinking I'll make them again for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Don't take my word on these, ya'll. Put them on your to-do list ASAP! :) 


Saskia said...

these sound delish! I need to try them out ASAP :)

afairlie said...

Saskia: you must! They are sooooo good! And they freeze really, really well!

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