Wednesday, May 25, 2011
german chocolate muffins
The foundation for this recipe is a box of German chocolate cake mix and two cups of pumpkin. That's right...pumpkin!
You could just stop after combining the cake mix and pumpkin and just bake that. However, I wanted to make my muffins a tad bit more special, so I added a few more mix-ins - coconut, milk chocolate chips, and chopped pecans.
Spoon the thick batter into muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve as muffins or top with German chocolate frosting for a delicious cupcake!
When Cookie Bandit saw me making these, he wrinkled his nose. He wasn't so sure about the pumpkin.
But then he smelled them cooking and saw me taking a big bite out of one. He came over and took a little bit himself. The next thing I know, he's eaten my entire muffin and is making his way towards the pan for more! Suffice it to say, this recipe is definitely Cookie Bandit approved.
18.25 oz. German chocolate cake mix
2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1/2 cup coconut flakes (optional)
Combine all ingredients and spoon into muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 18.
Nutrition per muffin (calculated with Betty Crocker's Super Moist German chocolate cake mix): 173 calories, 5g fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 1mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 30g carbs, 2g fiber, 16g sugar, 2g protein, 85% vit. A, 2% vit. C, 4% calcium, 7% iron.
Made without the chocolate chips, chopped pecans, or coconut flakes (and assuming it only makes 12 muffins without the added ingredients), the nutritional information amounts to 174 calories, 2g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0g cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 38g carbs, 2g fiber, 19g sugar, 2g protein, 127% vit. A, 3% vit. C, 5% calcium, 9% iron.