Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffin Recipe
Great Gift for Teachers
These are my kids favorite muffins. They are one of the gifts that I often have them give to teachers, Sunday School teachers or new neighbors. However, we often have to make two batches since these muffins disappear faster than we can make them. You can also make these with nuts, dates or raisins or just with pumpkin. This basic recipe can have lots of variations too. You can substitute applesauce, bananas, or any pureed vegetable/fruit combination for the pumpkin.
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- 1 cake mix, white or yellow (can use sugar free or gluten free also)
- 1 can of pumpkin, 16 oz. (substitute the same amount of applesauce, mashed acorn squash or grated zucchini)
- 2 eggs, large
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Put cake mix, pumpkin and eggs in a bowl. Mix by hand or with a mixer until moist. Lumps are ok!
- Mix in the mini chocolate chips (optional). You could also add raisins, dates, nuts or regular chocolate chips.
- Spoon into muffin cups or greased muffin tins or bread pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until top of muffin springs up when you touch it.
- Options: You can also bake in two loaf pans for 45 minutes.
Pumpkin Muffins Make a Great Gift
Best of all, this simple recipe is one kids can follow. You can have them look at the step by step photos or the written instructions below. Although parents may want to put the pans in and out of the oven, kids can do most of the rest on their own. Even my littlest preschoolers have loved to put the muffin cups in the muffin tins.
Can Make Sugar Free for Diabetics or Gluten Free
I've also made these with no sugar mixes (no chocolate chips or sugar free ones) and gluten free mix.. It worked just fine with both. So you can use this recipe even if you have some special diet needs.
Teens Love them Too!
They have especially been favorites of my teenage daughter's friends. Every time she makes them, she has to take half the batch to school to share at lunch. I like the fact that they take only 5 minutes to mix, and 15 minutes to bake, so they are great if my kids have friends over. They can make them and then have a tea party.
Pumpkin Muffins are a Healthy Snack!
Plus, they do have pumpkin, so that counts as a vegetable, right?! However, my husband (Mr. Chocolate) says that the mini chocolate chips should count for something too!You can also make these with mashed acorn squash, grated zucchini or applesauce (you might want to hold the chocolate chips).
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