Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins (only 3 ingredients!)

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I know that it's still the end of August, but I have caught a little bit of fall fever and I am craving all things pumpkin!
These muffins don't actually taste too "pumpkin-y" . . . the chocolate kind of takes over and these muffins are just a really moist chocolate muffin!
I have made these muffins for my kids as a snack and even as breakfast and they absolutely love them. I love that they are so easy to make- no eggs, no oil- just three simple ingredients!
Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
Ingredients:
1 box Devil's Food cake mix
1 can (15 oz) unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/3 cup applesauce
Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used mini-chocolate chips in the picture)
Directions:
*DO NOT follow the instructions or use the ingredients on the back of the cake mix box.
Add the cake mix, pumpkin puree, and applesauce to a large bowl. Mix well either by hand or with a hand mixer. When thoroughly blended, fold in chocolate chips (if using). The batter will be pretty dense.
Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners and lightly spray each liner with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon batter into each liner until it is about 3/4 of the way full (I was able to get about 12-14 muffins). The shape of each muffin will be a little irregular because of the density of the batter.
Bake according to the directions on the back of the cake mix box (I baked mine at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes). Stick a toothpick in the middle of muffin to make sure the middles are done.
Recipe adapted from Instructables.
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  1. Veronica says:

    I’ve made these without the applesauce and they are amazing! I give them to my friends without telling them they have pumpkin and no one has ever been able to tell. Great recipe!

  2. Jocelyn says:

    I love that you are all about the pumpkin in August too:-) I couldn’t wait any longer and posted pumpkin donuts today…great minds think alike!!! These are the best muffins…I love that you added some applesauce to it!!

  3. These are insanely good! I am not a pumpkin fan and I cannot detect a trace of it in these. Because of the box mix I was curious about the Fat/Calories and was quite surprised. In moderation (almost impossible with these)they are actually okay! With 1/2 bag Ghirardeli Milk Chocolate Chips they are 5 grams fat/172 Calories each and without the chips they are 3 grams fat/127 calories each…in case anyone was curious ;-) . This is based on 17 muffins. Definitely give this a try!

  4. Jeanie says:

    I tried the 2-ingredient pumpkin brownies last week. They were great, and I’ll try this recipe too, soon. Anybody know of other 2- or 3-ingredient recipes, or where I can look? Thanks.

    • Cyd says:

      We have only made them as muffins, so we’re not sure how it would all turn out and how you would need to alter the cooking time and temp. Sorry we are not more help.

  5. Chaelyn says:

    Even though these aren’t “in season” right now, I had a can of pumpkin in the cupboard and whipped a batch up quick. I love these, the fewer ingredients the better. added crushed almond m&m’s this time. Thank you! You sistas are my google for recipes!

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