Monday, February 1, 2010

MondayMunchies: Healthy chocolate cupcakes


Our household has been on a bit of a health kick lately, and I've been trying to find good-for-you solutions to those bad-habit foods.

Case in point: The chocolate cupcake
The solution: Replacing the bad stuff with pureed pumpkin

This is so super simple.

Use 1 box of chocolate cake mix. (I've also used the No Pudge brownie mix to make them a little heartier.)
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree (just pure pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie filling)

Combine with hand mixer —the dough is really sticky and thick. Spoon mix into cupcake tin. This should make about 18 regular-sized cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. They're done.

If you like pumpkin, play up the flavor by adding about a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. If you don't like pumpkin, no worries, you can't even taste it.

If you on Weight Watchers, these are 2 points. For the rest of you, they're about 125 calories with just 2 grams of fat.

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