Pumpkin Spice Muffins (easy!)

September’s cooler days usually inspire people to start craving typical fall flavors – apples, pumpkins, breads, pies, etc. For awhile now I’ve really been wanting to make this awesome recipe I have for pumpkin scones, but I found out one scone equals 10 weight watchers points. And I’d usually eat two!! So holding back on that (until maybe my birthday, which I’m declaring a no points day), I’ve been searching around for another pumpkin recipe that would be a little healthier. I finally came across this super easy and delicious recipe – and it’s only 4 points per muffin – much better!

The bare bones recipe for this recipe is to combine one yellow box cake mix with one can of pumpkin and bake for 20-25 minutes. You’ll pretty much have muffin shaped pumpkin pies. And as much as I love pumpkin breads, I hate pumpkin pie. So I read some reviews and decided to bump the recipe up a little bit by first using a spice cake mix, one can of pumpkin, 1/2 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (easily omitted if you don’t have it on hand), and one egg. It only takes about two minutes to mix all that together and scoop batter into greased pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and this is what you get!

I was impressed by how well they rose and how beautiful they looked! Muffins are always pretty tricky for me, but I guess since these aren’t really from scratch they decided to cooperate.

Despite how good they looked plain I decided to make them a bit more attractive to the boys. Caden already declared he didn’t like muffins so dipping in butter and cinnamon sugar made them much more appealing.

As with pretty much everything, Shepard LOVED them.

He was shoveling them in as fast as he could.

Shepard ate two. Two! I ate two! And was incredibly stuffed afterward. Shepard ate two and asked for more. Um, I don’t think so, buddy!

To spruce up our first fall tasting breakfast I added a teeny vase of orange mums (my favorite!) to brighten the mood. I got this little mason jar for 25 cents at a garage sale a few months ago – an awesome find! Anyway – try these muffins. They’re really filling and quite delicious!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

1 spice cake box mix
1 15oz. can of pumpkin
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients. Pour into 12 greased muffin pans. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Eat plain or dip in butter and cinnamon sugar mixture for extra yum. Enjoy!

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