2-Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Muffins

2-Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Muffins

When I first heard about two-ingredient muffins, I balked. There was no way you could possibly add just two things together, mix it up, pop it in the oven, and end up with anything besides a monstrosity. Because no. This shouldn’t work.

And yet, I was kind of intrigued.

Could it actually turn out fine… maybe?

So I gave it a shot. I saw a recommendation on Pinterest that claimed to combine simple yellow cake mix (any brand) with a can of pumpkin puree, to make simple, skinny pumpkin muffins. The thought was that the yellow cake mix contained all of the sugar needed to make the muffins sweet, while the pumpkins would add the proper flavoring and a decent dose of vegetable. (Weird. I know. Stay with me here.)

I did it. And they turned out good. Solid. And easy! Like some kind of cooking magic.

Some things to note:

  • This will be the stickiest mixture you’ll ever make in your life. (Probably.)
  • These muffins aren’t pretty. Or, well. My version of these muffins weren’t pretty. They stay exactly in the same shape you cook them in. So, you know… be aware of that. Maybe make them slightly more picturesque than I did before popping them in the oven. #LazyBaker
  • These muffins can work for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack.
  • Although these muffins are good, I will say they are different from the cake-y muffins you might encounter elsewhere. They are more dense, and not as crumbly, which I like!

2-Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Muffins

What you’ll need (to make around 18-24 small muffins): 

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree (I used Libby’s)
  • Optional: chocolate chips (I totally added chocolate chips to mine)

2-Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Muffins | Positively Smitten


Given that these are literally the easiest muffins ever, it seems a little silly to give directions. But in the interest of being thorough, here we go.

  1. Add pumpkin puree to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add yellow cake mix to bowl with puree.
  3. Mix together vigorously. This mixture will be really, really sticky, so it may be a bit challenging to break down all of the cake mix by hand.
  4. Once mixed, scoop mixture into greased cupcake tin.
  5. Bake according to instructions on the box (most likely, 350 degrees F for around 19-23 minutes).

The Process

2-Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Muffins | Positively Smitten

2-Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Muffins | Positively Smitten

Do you see how sticky this is? It’s so sticky. Crazy sticky. Be prepared.

The Finished Product

2-Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Muffins | Positively Smitten

So it looks like a blob of sweet potatoes. But I swear they're yummy!

So it looks like a blob of sweet potatoes. But I swear they’re yummy!

Hopefully yours come out prettier than mine did. 😉


2 responses to “2-Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Muffins

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