Pumpkin Spice Weight Watchers Muffins are the perfect fall treat. And they’re only three ingredients, so they’re easy to make.
This is just one of our mini muffin recipes. If you like them, check out our full list of The Best Mini Muffin Recipes.
Let’s talk about pumpkin spice for a minute.
It’s. Not. For. Me. And I know pumpkin spice flavored things are just the spices that go into pumpkin pie … not the pumpkin. People assume it’s pumpkin and spices, but nope. Just the spices. But still, I’m not a fan of pumpkin recipes. No pumpkin pie; no Pumpkin Spice Latte; none of it. But Pumpkin Spice Weight Watchers muffins? I’m in.
And that’s weird because you put an entire can of pumpkin puree into these. So you would think they would taste as pumpkin-y as pumpkin pie.
But to my surprise, these don’t actually have a strong pumpkin flavor. They taste like a spice cake, just without the cream cheese frosting. So guess who has a new favorite treat.
Plus, it’s such an easy recipe with only 3 ingredients: canned pumpkin, a box of cake mix, and water.
If you came to this recipe because you’re beginning Weight Watchers, we have another post for you. Our 9 Tips For Getting Started On Weight Watchers post is filled with helpful tips, more Weight Watchers recipes, tools, and more.
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Weight Watchers Muffins:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, mix together the spice cake mix, canned pumpkin, and water.
Fill each cavity of a mini muffin pan almost to the top.
Side note: We use a nonstick pan so we don’t need muffin liners. If your pan isn’t nonstick and you’re on a WW plan, you should place cupcake liners down and then add the batter into those. You don’t want to have to calculate points in a cooking spray.
Bake for about 14 minutes.
Set on a cooling rack.
Continue until you run out of batter. If you have multiple mini muffin tins, you can bake them all at once. If not, you’ll have to do multiple batches because you should be able to make 52 muffins total.
Subsequent batches may bake a little quicker, so check them around 12 minutes.
Big thanks to reader Lee Ann who left a similar recipe on our Lemon Muffins recipe. She was the inspiration for this recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Weight Watchers Muffins: Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re following Weight Watchers, this Pumpkin Spice Muffins recipe is great too. One box of cake mix is 72 Smart Points, and pumpkin and water are free.
You’ll get 52 muffins out of this recipe, so each one is only 1.5 Freestyle points. But there’s no such thing as half points, so just have 2 for 3 points. Or four for 6 WW points. It just depends on how many personal points you want to use.
If you’re on a different WW plan, make sure to add the ingredients into your WW app to calculate the point value before adding these to your day.
Canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree are the same thing, just different words on the label.
Store any leftover muffins in an airtight container. We leave them at room temperature, but you could also store them in the fridge. They’ll last about a week. If you’re not going to eat them all in a week, you can freeze them too.
Pumpkin pie filling is not the same as canned pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is 100% pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling (also labeled as pumpkin pie mix) has additional ingredients like sugar and spices. So you can’t use that in this recipe and have it come out the same.
Chocolate pumpkin muffins would be delicious, so you could definitely add a half cup of mini chocolate chips into the batter.
That would be the perfect recipe for your sweet tooth, it just wouldn’t be a great thing if you’re following Weight Watchers. Chocolate chips would change the total WW Points in this.
The short answer is yes, you can make these as full sized muffins.
I like making mini muffins because I actually do end up eating less that way. I’ll have two mini muffins and that’s the perfect amount for me. In general, 3 to 4 mini muffins is equal to one regular-sized muffin, so you’ll eat more per sitting if you make these full sized.
If you’re thinking about Weight Watchers, one full-sized muffin would be nine points and that’s a lot of points to either start or end the day with (depending on if you are having one as a quick breakfast or dessert).
If you choose to make these full-sized muffins, you’ll end up getting around 17 muffins. Your cooking time will also vary because there’s more batter per muffin. Start to check them around 17 minutes and then decide if they need more time.
I’ve never used this three-ingredient method to make a cake. I know, that’s silly considering this uses cake mix. But when I do bake a cake with cake mix, I follow the instructions on the back of the box (adding egg, oil, etc.).
If you’ve tried this before, please let me know in the comments so I can update this section.
What is pumpkin spice?
So, I brought it up above, but I figured I would go into pumpkin spice in more detail here.
So pumpkin spice — like a pumpkin spice latte — does not have any pumpkin in it. Your PSL isn’t a pumpkin latte. It’s a latte made with the spices that would go into a pumpkin pie.
Originally, it was called “Pumpkin Pie Spice,” but that sounds bulky, so it was shortened to “Pumpkin Spice” — and caused a lot of confusion.
Pumpkin Spice is, generally, a combination of ground cinnamon, ground closed, and ground nutmeg. Many at home recipes also call for ground ginger, although that’s not required.
You can add pumpkin spice into any pies, like apple pie. Or coffee.
This recipe isn’t pumpkin spice in that sense because it actually has pumpkin. This recipe is combining pumpkin and a spice cake, for pumpkin spice in the truest sense.
More Cake Mix Muffins:
This isn’t the only delicious muffin recipe made with cake mix we’ve posted. If you want more ideas, check out our Carrot Cake Weight Watchers Muffins, Chocolate Weight Watchers Muffins, and our Funfetti Muffins.
We also have a Coffee And Chocolate Cupcakes recipe. That’s a delicious recipe, which is very similar, but we call it a cupcake rather than a muffin because we put powdered sugar on top.
- 1 box of spice cake mix
- 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup water
Amount Per Serving Calories 38Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 74mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 0g
Have you made these Pumpkin Spice Weight Watchers Muffins? Let us know how it went in the comments.