Friday, February 25, 2011

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins

I just came across a favorite cookbook that's been hiding in my cupboard for far too long.  It has terrific recipes...perfect for those whose quest is better health.


The recipes are simple and enjoyable and very delicious!  You can get your own copy here. I'd say $10.95 is a darn good price!

I plan to focus on recipes from this cookbook for the next 2 weeks, so stay tuned for some healthier yummies for your tummies.

The recipe I'm sharing first is one of my all-time favorites!  A very similar recipe is in my cookbook, listed under 'lighter choices' in the "Bread & Rolls' section.

And I don't have to be counting calories or points to make and enjoy it! These taste like 'dessert'!

(I baked these while we're having a big snowstorm, so I thought the snowman peeking out on the placemat was perfect!)

MMM!  Melt in your mouth sweetness!!  You can hardly believe they're made from these simple ingredients!  It's so difficult to imagine they really are low in fat too!

My cookbook recipe doesn't call for the cinnamon chips, but they sure add a delicious zing to this tasty treat. (Cinnamon chips can be found in the chocolate chip aisle - sometimes only seasonally.  I had some left over in the freezer from the holidays.)

If you're not fond of spice cake, try chocolate.  I've made them many times using the chocolate, minus the cinnamon chips.

Folks cannot believe they have pumpkin in them!

The recipe says to make 24 regular sized muffins - I made 20 good sized ones....and filled the pans like this...(Oh how I need new muffin pans - these are SOOO old!)


1 (18 oz) spice cake mix
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1/2 c. water
1 (10 oz) bag cinnamon chips
(usually located near chocolate chips...sometimes only available seasonal)
{I had mine in the freezer}

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 24 muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. Combine pumpkin, (I rinse out the can with a little bit of water and add that to the mix also) cake mix and water; mix well. (I stir with a wooden spoon or spatula). Stir in cinnamon chips. Fill muffin tins about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until done. I allow to stand in pan a couple of minutes before removing to cool. Yield: 24 muffins

Nutritional info per muffin: Calories: 160; fat 4.8 gr; fiber: 0.7 gr

(I prefer a larger muffin and made 20 instead - and prebaked, mine were still about 3/4 full)

After cooled, I froze a few of these. It's so easy to get one out, wrap it in a paper towel, and 'zap' it in the microwave for a warm and quick part of your breakfast.  Great! with coffee too.


Have a nice weekend and stay safe & warm ~
I'll be doing lots of baking while snowed in!

This recipe is linked to Sweets for a Saturday
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  1. Oh, these muffins look lovely! Sounds like a great combination of ingredients! Have a great weekend my friend! :)

  2. These look SO moist!

    You know, I've never ever heard of cinnamon chips! I'll have to keep an eye out for them.

    And we love pumpkin. I baked and pureed our pumpkins last fall and have 8 one-cup measures in the freezer. I'll try these! yum.

  3. Oh my goodness...If I make these for Sean, he is going to love you. He is a spice cake and cinnamon fan. All the ingredients are right up his alley. I am going to have to go in search of some pumpkin.

  4. That looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing.

    Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

  5. These muffins look delish! I really enjoy having the cinnamon chips on hand...lots of flavor when you add them to different recipes. I will be checking out the cookbook. Love to read cookbooks...they can be like a novel to me.

    I'm a new follower and look forward to other wonderful dishes you create! Stop by and say hi when you can. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!


  6. Marsha ~ you made smile when I saw this recipe....I have been planning on making these for some time....I saw Hungry Girl make them on one of her shows. Chocolate Chips add a real "sweet" touch to them. You are right...we do think alike. Blessings, K

  7. Hi, I'm your newest follower from Melt in Your Mouth Monday! I've always seen those cinnamon chips in the store, now I need to try them. Muffins look terrific! :)

  8. looks like a great book and the muffins look delicious

  9. i have the strong sensation I am going to be visiting you alot on here :)

  10. Pinning! I'm glad this has water in it to thin the batter--I've heard of these made with pumpkin only but don't like the looks of them as much since they are so thick they stay in the shape of whatever they are when you put them in the oven. I bet these are lighter and more moist!

  11. I’ve always wanted to make these and never have. I’m going to get some spice cake mix and make them soon.