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3 ingredient pumpkin chocolate chip muffins on a baking rack next to colored pumpkins

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 16 muffins
Calories 166kcal
Author Aubrey
Cost $5


  • cupcake liners, cupcake pan, hand beaters


  • 1 box spiced cake mix (approximately 15.25 oz) Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury or box mix of choice.
  • 15 oz pumpkin purée (unsweetened) (1 can) Do not confuse with pumpkin pie mix
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet or butterscotch) (¾ mix in, ¼ sprinkle on top) Optional but recommended
  • ¼ cup milk, alternative milk (soy, oat, almond) or water Optional but recommended (see notes)


  • Preheat oven 350°
  • Using hand beaters, thoroughly mix spiced cake mix, canned pumpkin and milk (or water).
  • Stir in ¾ cup chocolate chips (more or less based on your preference). Reserve ¼ cup to sprinkle on top.
  • Line muffin/cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Fill each about ¾ full with 3 ingredient pumpkin muffin mix.
  • Sprinkle 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins with remaining chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 16-19 minutes.


Milk or Water (Optional But Recommended): Milk or water is optional. I find that it makes a slightly fluffier muffin vs. a more dense pumpkin muffin. Also, different boxed spice cake mix amounts can vary slightly so a little more liquid may be helpful.
Milk or Alternative Milk: Whole milk, 2% milk, fat free milk. Soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, pea milk or oat milk.
Pumpkin Muffins with Yellow Cake Mix: You can use yellow cake mix if you do not have spiced cake mix. However, you will want to add 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin spice to achieve the pumpkin spice flavor.
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins: You can make 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins by omitting the chocolate chips. Simply use boxed spiced cake mix and pumpkin puree (milk or water optional).


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 4140IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg