Healthy Mystery Muffins

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe taken from a local community paper. Healthy can be defined in many ways. This would be on the "maybe a little bit healthy" side of healthy...does that make sense? Whenever a recipe instruction lists chocolate chips in the ingredients and then says its healthy, I hesitate. I know pecans are good for you too, but in moderation. The only thing I find truly healthy about this recipe is the fact it contains no oil. I have other recipes that use pumpkin instead of or even applesauce and actually I prefer it. Feel free to think this is healthy. There are worse!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper baking cups.
  3. Mix cake mix with pumpkin.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Drop into cupcake tins and sprinkle with chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.


Most Helpful

I was worried at first since the batter is so thick but they were really moist. I stirred in the chips but sprinkled the nuts on top. My son loved these especially when he found out they had pumpkin in them. It was a great recipe to do with kids. Made for Mini cook-a-thon.

Samantha in Ut October 27, 2009

CB - well I made these a bit healthier by omitting the chocolate chips and pecans on top and just made a nice muffin. These are so moist and soft in texture with a great devils food chocolate taste. My kids do not even know there is pumpkin in this muffin! Tagged for my theme "Muffins & More Muffins" in My 3 Chefs Event, June 2008. Goodness am I glad that I did! These are so simple to throw together and are very economical too! Will be a tried and true recipe for our family!

HokiesMom June 07, 2008

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