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Yum Yum Brownie Muffins


By hungrygirl_lisa on Apr 03, 2012 10:00 AM in Recipes

 

Think you need to add oil and eggs to your cake mix? Think again. Canned pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) does the job for less fat... plus, it's packed with fiber! And the texture is like a delicious, cake-y brownie. Fool your friends and family with this swap.

 

 

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Ingredients

One 18.25-oz. box moist-style devil's food cake mix

One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin (Libby's is the best!)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups or spray with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, mix cake mix with pumpkin until completely smooth and uniform. (Don't add ANYTHING else!) 

Evenly distribute batter into the cups of the muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Makes 12 servings

PER SERVING (1 muffin): 181 calories, 3.5g fat, 357mg sodium, 37g carbs, 2g fiber, 20g sugars, 2g protein

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Comments


wow, I am at the point here where I get my entertainment from reading the comments.  Really, I agree with the post about the 'elitists' who set such a high standard that they feel it sets them above everyone else.  Weight loss is so personal, anyone making any positive step (using cake mix and pumpkin) is to be commended , not dissed.  I bake from scratch, but if I am entertaining my 5 grandchildren overnight, and have to keep an eye on the four year old constantly, I will grab a cake mix and pumpkin , knowing I can give them a half way decent treat if I need to.



Has anyone read the ingredients label on a cake mix box?

BC devil's food, for example, contains 18 ingredients. Most aren't even recognizable as food. When did anyone eat any of the following on purpose: diesters of fatty acids, distilled monoglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactilate, or cellulose gum?

Then, of course, there are the trans fats (partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil) and high fructose corn syrup, not to mentioned the bleached flour, dicalcium phosphate, and artificial color.

Sorry if this bothers anyone, but this website used to discourage people from eating highly processed foods as part of a healthier lifestyle. Now, it's offering "recipes" using these poisonous nonfoods as ingredients. Wow.



Thank you!  I'm always surprised how Hungry Girl gets away with all the "instant" and "processed" foods used in her recipes.  My regard for Dr. Oz went down the tubes when he had Hungry Girl founder on his TV show showing how to cut calories in all the recipes using instant foods.  Thank you for validating my reaction to these recipes!



I found this exact recipe in a magazine over one year ago. It is delicious but I call it chocolate pumpkin cupcakes because you can really taste the pumpkin. I have three kids and they all love this recipe. I have found that you can also substitute apple sauce for oil in cake mix and can hardly tell you left out the oil.


Like this recipe, but it is very heavy.. Trader Joes has a non-fat brownie mix that is pretty good you use applesauce or non-fat yougurt. It also has a simple single recipe that cooks in the microwave on the box. Can't remember the calorie count,  but it was pretty low. Printed on the side of the box I believe.  For some reason the last couple of weeks, I can't get my carbs high enough.  CC keeps saying it is too low. LOL



Original Post by: jennyw1337

why hasn't anyone mentioned 'no pudge brownies'? I make them at least once a month. they taste delicious. it may be a similar concept, but there are no chemicals, unless someone out there actually believes baking soda is evil. anyhow, check it out! http://www.nopudge.com/nutritionals.htm

No Pudge still have tons of sugar.  26 grams per serving.

But, hey, the recipe is quick and somewhat healthy overall, and definitely more healthy than what many people have been eating.



I'd like to make this recipe to share at an upcoming special morning tea. Here in Aus pumpkins are so commonly used that I don't think any company has got round to canning them Wink. Most families would buy a piece of pumpkin (there are 3-4 varieties) every week as part of their vegetable purchases. And honestly, it doesn't take any time at all to cook them; just peel, cut into chunks and boil for a few minutes. Unused pieces last a few days in the fridge.

I've also got a recipe for Pumpkin, Orange and Apricot cake which is a big hit.

Bake pieces of pumpkin with your potatoes when you're having a roast, they are sweet and delicious.



Wow!  excessive eating of any one thing is not a good thing.  I t is important to not consume a lot of processed food or chemicals but, it is a boxed cake mix with dry ingredients.  I am new to this site and negativity is really not the best thing to be putting out there.  Pure canned pumpkin is just that.  But if fresh pumpkin is your thing GO FOR IT!!!  good luck working with it, only certain types of pumpkin are really easy to work with and extremely time consuming.  As for butter free.....what are you eating instead?  The spreads that are butter free are loaded with chemicals.  Thanks so much for the welcome!  Hope postings get better!



where is the PIN button?



Original Post by: redwood1006

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I understand that sugar is a "bad" food but I've noticed that labeling foods bad and good has been pretty bad for me. I lost 15 pounds by keeping my calories under the number recommended for my goal weight 5 days a week and going over(but not too high) for two. Those calories could contain anything I wanted...sugar, wine, etc.  Generally I am a super healthy eater and my idea of junk is more whole grain and evaported cane juice than white flour and sugar but I don't believe in total self denial. I think that mindset keeps us on a neverending diet with little or no results. Brownies are good for the soul. Moderation is a magic word.



Original Post by: celestial100

I understand that sugar is a "bad" food but I've noticed that labeling foods bad and good has been pretty bad for me. I lost 15 pounds by keeping my calories under the number recommended for my goal weight 5 days a week and going over(but not too high) for two. Those calories could contain anything I wanted...sugar, wine, etc.  Generally I am a super healthy eater and my idea of junk is more whole grain and evaported cane juice than white flour and sugar but I don't believe in total self denial. I think that mindset keeps us on a neverending diet with little or no results. Brownies are good for the soul. Moderation is a magic word.


Being pre-diabetic, I always look at sugars.  Don't want to add fuel to the fire for the sake of convenience. Smile



There is a level for everyone and everyday, right, at least that is what my yoga teacher says:).

I would not call myself a baker,, other than a lot of gingerbread around xmas and assisting with my dad's creations of fruit cakes when he cropped his garden. But I just recently got myself my very first muffin forms to finally attempt that idea of mine to bake with e.g. beetroot and other interesting ingredients, as I figured, these are great to experiment as you have the portioning sorted:), great invention. By the way my beetroot yoghurt walnut muffins (best level as all owngrown) and the carrot cocunut almond ones (still no oil just yoghurt) turned out to be hits. I am with someone else here saying, I would not want to substitute eggs, too good for you, especially when layed by the neighbours hens that morning (again I dont all the time manage that level, but love how that is again possible in my lovely home city Berlin).

So to sum up: muffins are great fun as everything in moderation for an occasion or just plain and superhealthy for breakfast, you just want to find the right level for you and enroute may appreciate ideas like this or disregard them and move on.



Well said! If you have a sweet tooth, then nothing will satisfy it like a little sugar, so back off those 'purists' and let us enjoy the odd 'slightly healthier' treat when we need to. You do not need to cut out all sugar to lose weight - I'm proof of that - I have lost almost 2stone since January and if you care to take a look at my food diary, it will show you that I allow myself the occassional cake, dessert and even bar of choc - you just have to choose wisely and do the best you can to do enough exercise to counteract what you've eaten!



You don't need oil/butter or even butter substitutes in your diet. I have been eating a diet free of processed oil and butter/butter substitutes for a year now.You would be amazed at all the delicious recipes out there that do  not include any added fat. In my opinion, Lindsay Nixon has the easiest most delicious collection.

 I personally, eliminated sugar b/c it is addictive. When I say sugar, I mean all refined sugar, molasses, maple syrup, honey, agave nectar. You don't stop having the craving for it b/c you are addicted to it. Feeding the sweet tooth only gives you a fix.... so that you will have more cravings. The only real way to stop having the cravings is to completely eliminate it for a long period of time.  That means 1-2 months....and then forever. I have had great luck sweetening with whole stevia  leaf, and dates soaked in water and blended.

I have lost 75 lbs in 10 month by doing this, but most importantly I know that I will not get diabetes or heart disease. For me, being at an ideal weight means nothing if I still have the health issues that obesity brings.



Original Post by: sundownlinda

Original Post by: redwood1006

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thanks!!



Has anyone else tried to make pumpkin purée from scratch? It's a major PITA!!! Not everything that comes in a can is bad for you...

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pumpkin/AN01754


Original Post by: firefitersgirl

Has anyone else tried to make pumpkin purée from scratch? It's a major PITA!!! Not everything that comes in a can is bad for you...

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pumpkin/AN01754

*raising hand* I have.  It was actually quite fun and very tasty.  It was time-consuming.  But, I was a stay-at-home mom at the time.  I had a garden with yummy veggies and even huckleberries , which are tastier than blueberries in my opinion. We had a milk cow and chickens for eggs.  I baked all our own goodies and even our bread.  These were excellent ways to stretch the dollar of a single worker family.

However, life gets in the way. :(  I found myself a single mother.  The more I worked outside the home (to pay the bills), the harder it was to maintain the garden, "put up" fresh produce from neighboring farms, keep the chickens clean, milk Moon (the cow), and spend time with my children that did not involve some sort of work.  My mini-farm had to go.

I will do it all again (except the cow, hands can't take that anymore) just as soon as I retire. :)

In the meantime, pure packed pumpkin with no additives is my best alternative. When fresh veggies don't look so great, I opt for frozen.

I recently read about someone who takes one of their days off to make a freezer stock item.  This sounds like a great idea to put up a few of mine own things. 



Well Said! I am appalled that the calorie count on these is 181 per muffin!....181!?! are you kidding me? I can think of a lot more things for a lot less calories that will fill the bill of a sweet craving. What a waste of a recipe. I try to limit myself to around 300 calories in any given meal (with my extra calories as breathing room). I'm thinking that for breakfast I will stick with my 4 egg whites scrambled with some red onion and mushrooms for about 80 calories. Much more satisfying at less than half the calories and will definitely fuel me longer!



Original Post by: sundownlinda

Original Post by: firefitersgirl

Has anyone else tried to make pumpkin purée from scratch? It's a major PITA!!! Not everything that comes in a can is bad for you...

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pumpkin/AN01754

*raising hand* I have.  It was actually quite fun and very tasty.  It was time-consuming.  But, I was a stay-at-home mom at the time.  I had a garden with yummy veggies and even huckleberries , which are tastier than blueberries in my opinion. We had a milk cow and chickens for eggs.  I baked all our own goodies and even our bread.  These were excellent ways to stretch the dollar of a single worker family.

However, life gets in the way. :(  I found myself a single mother.  The more I worked outside the home (to pay the bills), the harder it was to maintain the garden, "put up" fresh produce from neighboring farms, keep the chickens clean, milk Moon (the cow), and spend time with my children that did not involve some sort of work.  My mini-farm had to go.

I will do it all again (except the cow, hands can't take that anymore) just as soon as I retire. :)

In the meantime, pure packed pumpkin with no additives is my best alternative. When fresh veggies don't look so great, I opt for frozen.

I recently read about someone who takes one of their days off to make a freezer stock item.  This sounds like a great idea to put up a few of mine own things. 


I really like you!  you are very open-minded to both sides of any comment.  i think it's because you've been in both sets of mommy shoes (stay at home & work outside of home)  thank you for your cheerful comments!



@ Hchiang....sugars are derived from any source of sweetness. It is of course as others have said, the types of sugar. I have been adv that pineapples and bananas later in the afternoon and evening can become your enemies. This is because of the high sugar content and the fact that you tend to be more sedentary in the evening which does not give your body the chance to burn those sugars off.



Ok, if 80cals for breakfast work for someone, fine, and eggs and onions sounds better than just coffee;b. As a breakfast girl, tho, I need some more variety in the morning + alot more energy;b. I believe that food is more than just fuel but a part of human culture, so I guess there will be as many ways of putting food infront of people and enjoying it as there are cultural differences, I mean otherwise our ancestors would just have stuck with hunting and killing and picking instead of building pyramids, cathedrals, and space stations. However back to my beetroot and carrot muffins, they are just over 100 cals if I go for the breakfast version (no frosting or glacing), <5g fat (but almost exclusively the good kinds), <5g sugar...and surely one could adjust even more to personal likings, so still I think, there is a muffin "level" for most, if not for you, sad but fine.



Ahem, that should read <0.5g fat, of course.



Don't get me wrong...there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with having these muffins. I would be so inclined simply because I do love that type of food. I am just taken aback a little that a site that is geared toward providing a healthier quality of eating AND the tools to help watch calorie intake would provide a recipe so high in certain adverse ingredients. I understand that all walks (overweight, older etc) want to eat healthy and want to watch their intake. But in my experience generally people who will use websites such as this one are in serious need of a major lifestyle (when it comes to eating) change. And I agree this is not for me. Now, had this been a cookie recipe......I am a cookie demon! LOL



This is a 'calorie count' site, it should feature articles helping you with your calorie 'counting', not worrying. 

This recipie would be great for any other sites but this site is the article's wrong target audience. 

Therefore, I am with those who got offended that this goes against their weight loss plans. No one to blame here. Next time, calorie count editors should put more calorie appropriate features! 

All the best to all :)

 



I think this recipe looks great :) Question for anyone out there, are there cake mixes that are made with stevia? I agree that cutting down sugar can be a good thing, however I personally do not eat fake sweeteners such as aspartame, I feel that my body would rather have something more natural, whether that be sugar or stevia. Thanks for any help :)



I made these last night, but only cooked 4 muffins, just to try. LOVED THEM!!!  Then I was trying to decide what to do with the rest of the batter (didn't want muffins everywhere) .....Great idea.  Will put into a small cake pan and cut into 1" squares and freeze.  Then when the chocolate crave hits, I have a solution.



I like the idea of using the 8 X 8  pan and making more servings.  One thing special about Calorie Count, is that it can accommodate many diets and many ideas.  That is what attracted me to this website.  

I am one of those who would eat half a pan of warm brownies.  But I have found an answer that works for me.   I will eat one or two pieces and freeze the rest in individual portions.  For me, having to get it out of the freezer deters me from eating the whole pan of dessert. It is the aroma that really tempts me the most.  I can't smell those brownies stored in my freezer, nor do I have to look at them!  Smile



What if you made this with the new sugar free cake mixes. Does the Cal count on the box  include the oil and eggs.



Original Post by: rwilliam1

What if you made this with the new sugar free cake mixes. Does the Cal count on the box  include the oil and eggs.


The nutrition counts on the label should show both the packaged mix alone and "prepared" totals.



Oh some people are such "saints", aren't they? Well, good luck to them - but I don't want to live my whole life like that and there are many of us that feel the same way! NO food is bad if eaten in moderation, so as I said before - back off, you 'purists' and stop lecturing the rest of us that want to live  - and eat - the way we see fit!

 



How about another idea or changing the recipe?, how about how I trick myself with Zucchini as the crust?:)

I love pizza, esp. cheese pizza

What I do with the young tender slender Zucchini is slice it thin,lay it out close together on a lightly oil sprayed pan or dish, sprinkle with Mediterranean herb/ no msg, its called perfect pinch by McCormick, some times I use Italian medley by Mrs. Dash, I lightly spray some all natural/no additives extra virgin olive oil spray over the top of the Zucchini, than sprinkle with Home style 100% natural Parmesan/Romano, than broil it for a few minutes til just turning light golden brown remove from broiler than I spoon some  heated Pizzeria pizza style sauce on each slice of Zucchini ( I loved diced tomatoes, so some times I add this to the sauce. some times I sprinkle some more cheese on top of the sauce and broil til melted. mozeralla  I do measure the cheese and sauce, so I know how many calories I am digesting  this seems to satisfy my love for pizza

I tried the pumpkin and cake mix, it seemed so thick ,I ended up adding some applesauce, some pecans too:)  very moist and delicious, thanks for sharing.  wishing you all wellness, weight loss success and contentment.



I use this site for inspiration, ideas and because I feel a kinship with people who want to lose weight.  I like it when others are having the same problem as me or has the same question(s).  All the rude negative comments just make me want to stay away from it.  Our stress levels in this world are way too high and this bickering tends to make me tense.  When I read a recipe or begin to read a comment I don't like I just brush it off and go on to another article.  I feel the same way about facebook...can't stand the negativity.  I don't want to give up this site because of unhappy people who can't see the viewpoint of others.

 



Original Post by: katiebeh

I use this site for inspiration, ideas and because I feel a kinship with people who want to lose weight.  I like it when others are having the same problem as me or has the same question(s).  All the rude negative comments just make me want to stay away from it.  Our stress levels in this world are way too high and this bickering tends to make me tense.  When I read a recipe or begin to read a comment I don't like I just brush it off and go on to another article.  I feel the same way about facebook...can't stand the negativity.  I don't want to give up this site because of unhappy people who can't see the viewpoint of others.

 


Instead of pumpkin try Zucchini and apple sauce.

 



Original Post by: juliakaypierce

Totally agree with the post above.  There is such a thing as balance in life.  If you're a health nut, and you have the time to make everything from scratch, and the money to keep your cupboard stocked with ingredients I've never even heard of... more power to you. 

I have neither of those things. I work all day, and I shop at the tiny local grocery store.  There is nothing wrong with a recipe that helps people eat healthier, and despite what you say, this recipe is much better than just a plain old box mix with oil and eggs.

Chill out people. :)


You are SO right.  Maybe being fat makes people angry and critical.   People are on this site to try to improve themselves.  Looks like many are trying to make themselves look better by criticizing others.  CLUE: That doesn't work.

It would be really nice if the NAY SAYERS and CRITICS would just take away what they can that would help them, and let everyone else express their ideas without all of the mud slinging.  If you think something is a bad idea, keep it to yourself.   We have Mitt Romney running for president but you don't see me saying what I think of him!! (:-)))))

 



The only difference  I see regarding the nay-saying of the recipe and the attacks against the people disliking the recipe is that one is about a recipe and the other is directed at people. Either way they are both negative, but one is personal and the other is not. frankly,  criticizing someone from their opinion against the recipe is mud-slinging and does not allow the expression of opinions either. I think the bottom line is that some people will like the recipe and some will not. Expression either way is great. It causes discussion and people to look at ideas they may not have had otherwise. 



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