2-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Dishes Dirtied: 5
While the rest of the Interwebs celebrates #MeatlessMonday, our family welcomes the new week with Muffin Monday. And what better way to celebrate it being nearly 100 degrees in September than by having some yummy fall pumpkin goodness?
We were actually planning on having these yummy blueberry muffins tonight, but we didn’t have enough flour. Have you ever thought “I should check to see if we have X in the kitchen” and then gone to the kitchen and totally forgotten to look for X? Yeah, that happened. And even during the meticulous menu planning that I attempt to do each week before grocery shopping I didn’t manage to check on flour.
Lucky for us, I happened to have the ingredients for these super easy pumpkin muffins on hand. So we still got to celebrate #MuffinMonday – just with different muffins.
I’m pretty sure this recipe came from the days when low-fat diets were popular. Back then we had a cookbook called “Butter Busters” and it was all fat-free/low fat recipes. No worries about sugar or calories, folks, because only fat is bad. Have you ever had fat free cheese? I have and it’s not something I really want to have again.
This recipe isn’t from that book – I’ve long since ditched that book and moved on to using real food instead of synthetic, fat-free pseudo-food. But it follows the concept of replacing the fats with something healthy – like pumpkin purée!
So, what’s this recipe anyway? Two ingredients: pumpkin purée and spice cake mix. Don’t yell at me about the spice cake mix – I know it has additives like colors and unwanted junk, but sometimes ya just gotta make a sacrifice in the name of time and ease. This is my go-to recipe when I need easy muffins.
When I first started making these, I thought it had to be mixed by hand like you do with regular muffins. I always had to add lots of milk to make it wet enough to mix and even then I’d wind up with lumps of dry cake mix in the batter. Recently, it dawned on me that I was using cake mix. CAKE. MIX. Perhaps I should mix it like a cake? You know, with a mixer – that machine that mixes things for you?
I tried out the mixer and I couldn’t believe how long I’ve been doing it wrong.
You might still need a bit of milk to make it mix well, but just a splash will do.
These deliciously moist and cake-y muffins are sure to disappear quickly so make sure you save one for yourself before serving to your family and friends!