Skinnytaste Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Posted: September 20, 2011 in recipes

I just made the best cupcakes EVER!  True story.

It’s fall so I am in love with cooking, baking, bathing….with pumpkin!
If I could wear pumpkin colored scrubs to school I would..just because it would make me happy!

As part of our anniversary dinner last night I wanted a tasty, healthy dessert.  Pumpkin spice cupcakes have been on my mind ever since Courtney at Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life whipped some up last week.

Gina at Skinnytaste stole my heart, however with these super easy, delicious healthy pumpkin spice cupcakes.  They took me 5 minutes to whip together and they tasted amazing!
To her recipe I added 2 scoops of Dessert Vanilla protein powder, 1T cinnamon, and a few grates of fresh nutmeg. She has a frosting recipe, but the cake was so good..almost muffin like…that I didn’t want the extra calories.  Each cupcake has on 84 calories BTW! (without the protein powder)

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes:

  • 18.25 oz Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla Super Moist Cake Mix
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 1T cinnamon + fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 scoops Lean Dessert protein powder vanilla (optional)

For the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 tbsp packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers.

Combine cake mix and pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Add pumpkin puree and water, mix about 2 minutes. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 minutes.

Gina has some beautiful, festive pics of these cupcakes on her page so be sure to check them out!  I’m a good cook…average, lazy photographer!

Speaking of the great pumpkin here are some other fab pumpkin recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Pumpkin oatmeal muffins

Love and great gourds,
Carissa & Kyle

  1. These are amazing! And with my left over pumpkin I can't wait to try your pumpkin pie smoothie 🙂

  2. Katie says:

    Yummy!! I love that you used that protein powder in it!! I bet the cinnamon bun flavor of that dessert Ben powder would be great in this too!!

  3. Charissa says:

    Mmmm, love pumpkin and protein powder. I love it when people put protein in baked goods…makes me happy!

  4. Alexis says:

    May have to try these out!!! I love this time of year… BTW I started thinking up those granola bars you asked about LOL I think I have it all figured out in my head.

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