Back in the club volleyball days one of our coaches only allowed healthy food for snacks on our team table, but teenage girls love their chocolate and Mrs. Cheatham found the perfect solution: Weight Watchers Chocolate Muffins, aka Magic Muffins.  These tasted so great that our team would demolish them, but our coach was fine with the chocolate consumption  since it was healthy — a true win, win situation!  Pegs got the recipe and passed it along to me when I was craving them in college, and now I’ve made them for a tailgate.

Healthy Chocolate Muffins


  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 box Devil’s food cake mix
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 egg

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin pan with paper baking cups or use non-stick cooking spray.  Mix the pumpkin and water well, then add in the cake mix and egg and stir until it’s smooth and well blended.  Spoon the batter into the muffin tin and bake for 18 minutes for mini muffins or ~25 minutes for regular muffins.

Edits: These will make ~36 mini muffins (my bite-size favorite) or 12 regular sized muffins.  According to some sources online, you can also make cookies with the batter: bake 9-12 minutes @350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet.  I personally prefer the muffins, but might try the cookies one day.  And if you’re feeling crazy, add in semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Results: Turns out I still love these!  They will definitely curb your chocolate craving, without making you feel bad afterwards.  I made them the night before we left for Greenville, they were out at the tailgate Saturday morning and gone by the time we went into the game: Success!


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