Thanks so much to the folks at Pillsbury for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with.
It all started because of Pinterest. Months ago I had pinned a recipe for chocolate muffins made with nothing more than a box of cake mix and a can of pumpkin. The theory behind these muffins is that you can replace the oil, eggs, and water with the pumpkin for fewer calories. Promises of low calorie deliciousness tempted me, so when I still had half of a large can of pumpkin leftover from making one pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, I found the recipe and set out to work.
And, hoo boy, it was HARD WORK, with all that walking to the pantry to get that box of Pillsbury Devil’s Food Cake Mix, then to the refrigerator to get the leftover can of pumpkin, and the pressing of the “Bake” button on my oven and having to set it to 400 degrees.. Then I had to get a bowl and spoon and I had to stir. It was simply exhausting! (So, maybe it wasn’t hard work. Maybe it was pretty easy.)
Actually I did have to stir quite a bit to incorporate the pumpkin into the cake mix, but after all that food I ate on Thanksgiving, a little extra exercise was probably just what I needed. Along with a side of low calorie chocolate muffins, obviously.
I have to say that my children were skeptical about this combination.
They were all, “WE LIKE OUR MUFFINS WITH OIL AND EGGS, WOMAN!”
(They didn’t really say that.)
But I did hear quite a bit of grumbling they watched me mix the pumpkin and cake mix.
“Mo-uhm!” Carson protested. “I don’t want pumpkin in my chocolate muffins.”
Ella just sneered when I asked her if she wanted to help mix the ingredients.
But as the muffins baked, filling the kitchen with the scent of chocolate, the kids changed their tune.
“Do we get to eat those?”Carson asked as he stood staring into the oven.
Once they had baked and cooled for just a few minutes, we sat down at the table with full glasses of milk and tried the muffins.
Verdict: Two Thumbs up from Carson!
The muffin was thick, nearly brownie-like in texture and super chocolately. The kids and I couldn’t taste the pumpkin at all, which the kids found to be pretty amazing.
“How do they NOT taste like pumpkin!” Carson said, astonished.
And I have no idea the answer to that. “Magic, I guess,” was the only answer that came to me.