Yum Yum Brownie Muffins

Total Time:
40 min
5 min
15 min
20 min

12 servings

  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 (15-ounce) can 100-percent pure pumpkin
  • Fresh berries, for serving, optional

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Pour cake mix into a large bowl and whisk to remove any lumps. Add pumpkin and stir until completely smooth and uniform.

Cook's Note: Do not add any other ingredients that may be mentioned on the cake mix box, like eggs, oil, or water. The mixture will be very thick, so you might be tempted to add in other things to make the batter smoother. Do not do this!

Place batter into a 12-cup muffin pan lined with foil baking cups and/or sprayed with nonstick spray. Place pan in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly and then serve. Garnish with fresh berries, if using. Enjoy!

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

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    Delish! healthy and my kids don't even know it's pumpkin
    Does anyone have an alternate recipe to do from scratch instead of the mix? I'd really like to swap out the flour for wheat/almond flour, and use less/alternative sugar/sweetner... They are very tasty but with diabetics in mind, I'd like to lessen the carbs...
    These were good, I was skeptical with the reviews below but we liked them.
    I cannot say these taste like brownies but I thought they still turned out great - moist, not too sweet and so easy to make. My 5 year old son enjoyed them very much and my vegan friends loved the idea that our brownies included pumpkin. I did not have mini muffin liners but liked the rustic look of my brownie muffins when they were plated. Will definitely try other Hungry Girl recipes in the future.
    what brand of cake mix does she use? as all the boxes and containers are covered ?
    I will not make these again; definitely will not serve to others. I rather have just one piece of the real thing every now & then.
    LOVE THESE! Yum! Great way to sneak in some veggies. They are more like a really moist muffin. I would love to try this with spice cake, walnuts, and rum soaked raisins!
    If you are looking for a treat that is lower in calories and fat then this recipe is great! If you are expecting them to taste like a "real" brownie then you will be disappointed and you should be baking full calorie desserts. I look at them more as a chocolate muffin, and they are delicious. I did add 1 tsp of vanilla and a about 1/3 of a bag of chocolate chips that I had left over in my pantry (yes I know adding chocolate kind of defeats the low calorie purpose of this recipe and they were delicious. my toddler loves them and so does my husband - when he found out they were made with pumpkin he was shocked. They are moist and just a great treat.
    Made these a few days ago with SPICE cake mix instead of Devils Food mix and WOW! It tasted like Pumpkin bread. Super moist and very flavorful. I decided to try the Spice cake mix instead because I felt like the pumpkin would neutralize the chocolate flavor, and the spices would enhance the pumpkin flavor. Definitely no resemblance to brownies, but they sure are delicious. Going to make another batch tonight with Caramel cake mix so we will see how that goes!
    These are good! I was impressed that something so good could come from only two ingredients. I would agree that they lack a bit of flavor and have a weird aftertaste, but in general, I would make them again. They are especially delicious right out of the oven.
    So easy. So moist. So chocolate. And healthy. What more can you possibly want? This is definitely a muffin, not a brownie.
    I like the muffins. I just don't think of them as brownie muffins, because they do lack any resemblance to a brownie. They taste good using a carrot cake or spice cake also. Add a few chopped walnuts for nice healthy flavor boost.
    These muffins are very moist and satisfying when you crave something sweet. I made a full batch and froze them. They taste just as good when thawed. A nice alternative to high fat high calorie sweets.
    These muffins are very good and very easy. Everyone loved them!! You cannot taste the pumpkin. Amazing!
    These are not worth the time. They have little to no flavor. I would rather have one decadent bite of real chocolate than a whole flavorless "brownie", which they do NOT deserve to be called.
    I made these today and after reading through all the reviews, I took the liberty to make a few changes. I added 1 tsp vanilla, 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 TBSP instant coffee powder (to bring out the chocolate falvor, and 2 TBSP Slenda for baking. Many reviews stated that you could not taste the chocolate, or that it wasn't sweet enough. With the changes I made it is fairly chocolatey, and not still not a overly sweet dessert, but definently worth the calories for a sweet treat.
    I was hoping that I would be happy with these, but I would rather taste one small bite of a delicious "real" brownie than spend the time and effort to make a batch of low calorie substitutes that don't have flavor.
    Quick and easy to make. Cannot taste the pumpkin! VERY moist; however, does lack flavor, but not as chocolatey as myself and family were hoping, is nice to see that at only 8.5 cal per mini muffin, which I made, sure is a nice little bite!!!!
    I was able to taste the pumpkin but after making the muffins I noticed the mix I used was only 16.5 oz instead of 18.25 like the recipe calls for. They were OK and I'm interested in trying the spice cake mix idea.
    I was excited to try this recipe but it turned out moist and flavorless, this recipe needs a flavor boost.
    The other reviewers were right- no, you can't taste the pumpkin. The problem is you can barely taste anything else! The pumpkin and the cocoa in the cake mix almost neutralize each other and your left with a lump of flavorless cake. There are light hints of chocolate, but nothing substantial. Eh, at least it's healthy.
    You can't even taste the pumpkin. Today I'm making with spice cake mix. We'll see how it works out. The texture of these is a little chewy, but that is what makes them muffins, not cupcakes I guess. I made a double batch and my husband and 2 young boys devoured them in 2-1/2 days. I even had to thaw the ones I froze. The frozen/thawed ones were just as good as the ones I never froze, by the way.
    I really tried to like them. Whoever I gave them to hated them- my husband, friends, co-workers. They were soooo dry and they did have a funky pumpkin taste. Too bad because they were so easy to make and healthy.
    Bought the ingredients a week ago and finally had time to make them today. They are awesome! Moist and full of chocolate flavor. I added chopped walnuts to mines as its not a brownie without nuts :-D Will definitely make again and have already shared the recipe. Thanks HG!
    This recipe is great!!! Really satisfys your chocolate cravings!!!
    Love this recipe. I made the muffins a little smaller and was able to make two dozen. Perfect chocolate snack!!!!
    Made 1/2 regular and the other 1/2 with chocolate chips. Nice texture, more cake-like and not dense like a traditional brownie. They should be called chocolate muffins really. Remind me of the Vita Muffins a bit.
    Very easy to whip up in a flash. Very moist, and light. Not sweet, or chewy like a Brownie, But hey. Less calories, with a satisfying punch! Next time I'm going to try a dark chocolate mix, add a low calorie fruit filling, like a banana cream, or a raspberry jam. and so on. YUM O!
    I thought these muffins were great. They are very easy to make and taste great too.
    I've been so excited ever since finding this recipe but after baking & tasting them, they left something to be desired. Very bland but on an up note, they were very moist. I think I will glaze them with melted sugar free apricot jam to impart a little more flavor. I will update if I feel that it made a significant improvement.
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