Chocolate Pumpkin Mini-Muffins

Have you made those muffins that call just for a box of cake mix and a can of pumpkin?

I made them last year, but I had forgotten all about them until blog hopping one day brought me to The Bake-Off Flunkie. It's really a great blog and she posted a similar recipe, but with CHOCOLATE cake mix and chocolate chips. Now why hadn't I thought of that?!?

This is the easiest recipe. The pumpkin keeps the muffins moist, adds fiber and makes me feel a little less guilty eating 7 of them in one sitting. ;)

Chocolate Pumpkin Mini-Muffins
(makes approx 43 mini muffins)

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1/2 c mini chocolate chips
2 egg whites
2 TBSP water

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease the insides of your mini muffin liners, otherwise the muffins will stick to the paper. (I use vegetable oil and a paper towel for this job.) Place in mini muffin tins.

{Yes, it is a pain, but it'll give you more time to appreciate the cuteness of your liners.}

In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until a little foamy.

Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well-blended. Use a tablespoon to fill prepared baking cups. Bake for about 13-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from pans and let cool on a rack.

Disclaimer: See those chocolate chips on the top of every muffin? I added those as soon as they came out of the oven because without them they looked a little like, ahem, poop muffins. These are not elegant looking muffins. Call 'em poo-poo muffins if you have boys; we did. You won't hurt my feelings. Don't let that stop you from eating them, though!

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