It was confirmed long, long ago that I am a true sugar addict.
Perhaps it was when I was climbing the counter tops at 5 years old to get cookies from the cookie jar, or when I would hide my Halloween candy under my bed and steal my brothers, one piece at time so that he would never notice. Or maybe when I would eat half gallons of frozen yogurt in high school just to see if I could without getting sick. (I never got sick once. I amaze even myself).
The problem is that pesky Weight Watchers hates sugar. Apparently, eating food with no nutritional value is frowned upon in dieting. Imagine my horror!
I’ve been searching for a way to lose this baby weight that will allow me to eat a bag of jelly beans a day, but alas, it ain’t happening (much to my dismay).
Anyway, if you’ll remember my main squeezes in the sugar department are candy. Sure, I love desserts, cakes, pies, etc., buy my real jam is the pure sugar kinda candy. Oranges slices, jelly beans, skittles, you get the idea. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve never, and I mean never, turned down chocolate. It’s a very close second to gummy worms and other sugary substances.
But one exception to my love for candy is icing. Oh, how I love icing. I think I would take a can of icing over a pack of marshmallows. I say this with great reverence, as to not hurt the feelings of marshmallows everywhere. I still love you marshmallows! I do! And let’s face it, after I eat the icing I’ll be ready for you.
There is no end to my want/love/need for sugar. Believe me, I’ve tried to find the end, and it just doesn’t exist. I can eat, eat, eat it all.
This brings me to a very important subject. In my quest to eat large quantities of sugar and still lose weight I have gotten creative. You see, for years I have made pumpkin muffins using only Spice Cake Mix and a can of pumpkin. No other ingredients. They are awesome. I make them all the time. When I’m really trying to lose weight I will even lose the icing on top.
I’ve even used yellow cake mix and it is great too.
So, last week Zach was out of town for work….
(Can we just take a minute and acknowledge the fact that I took care of a 3 year old, a 22 month old and a newborn for a week without Zach and we all made it out alive…and even smiling. God’s grace is deep and wide friends).
…And I hadn’t been to the grocery store in over a week. This means that I had demolished anything remotely resembling sugar. All I could find in the pantry, cabinets, and stockpile that I thought could possibly be made into something edible was a box of Devils Food Cake Mix and a can of pumpkin.
I was desperate.
So, I gave it a whirl.
And friends, I’m here to tell you, for a quantity of sugar over quality of sugar kinda gal like me, it was awesome.
They are like chocolate cupcakes, but much thicker and more muffin-like.
Today I tried the pumpkin with Milk Chocolate Cake Mix and while it was still great, I think the darker the chocolate the better. You honest to goodness can not taste the pumpkin. It’s like a miracle. You lose the oil and eggs and still get a chocolate cupcake!!!!!
If I were a great chef blogger I would have taken great pictures, but alas, you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit around these parts.
It’s easy peasy.
1. Chocolate Cake Mix (again, Spice Cake Mix and Yellow Cake Mix gives you Pumpkin Muffins that are delicious).
2. Can of Pumpkin (NOT Pumpkin Pie Mix).
Directions: Mix them together until smooth. Spoon into greased muffin pan and make in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 12ish minutes.
Healthy(ish) chocolate cupcake/muffins!
Happy Monday Friends!