Saturday, October 23, 2010

cheater cheater, pumpkin eater, bake sale + block party.

My weekend is full of fall fun.  The school pumpkin patch is Sunday morning, and I'm helping host a block party for our street the same evening.  I need baked goods for both.  And well, you know how I feel about baking.  I've got four boxes of spice cake mix sitting in the pantry.  (They were on sale for 99 cents.)  And of course, a few cans of pumpkin.  But honestly, I'm over the original "cheater pumpkin muffin" and want something a little different.  Who knows why given that I'm making these for other people.  And am not going to eat any myself. Really I'm not. Except I have to eat one,  it is a new recipe after all.  Can't just expect people to eat my muffins (or buy them for that matter!) without tasting one myself.  Maybe I'll just have one bite and then give the rest to Ava.

So here's what I came up with:

1 box spice cake mix
1 cup oatmeal
1 can pumpkin
2 snack size containers no sugar added apple sauce (because that's what I've got in the panty-- about 8 ounces)
1 cup white "chocolate" chips

Mix it all up.  Portion into muffin pan with really cute liners (this is completely necessary.)  Bake about 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until completely cooked through.  Let cool a bit, but best eaten slightly warm so that the white chocolate chips are all melty and still gooey.  What?  I can tell that from one bite.  I can.

P.S.  These are about a thousand times better than the original cheater muffin.  And I can tell that from one bite too. 


  1. these look yummy and I could so use some dessert right now! I love how you packaged( or I should say styled) them!

  2. These looks so yummy and perfect for fall. I'm a fan of pumpkin and white chocolate.

  3. Your weekend sounds (our sounded, since it's now Monday) FUN!! ...a perfect excuse to add a little *bling to those muffins- whether you're the one indulging in them, or not:).

  4. these look awesome. must make!!

  5. I am a cheater too, a recipe cheater! I am making the muffins for Sunday breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration. I too was inspired to start a blog after stumbling across Jamie's blog. When I read that, I immediately hit the follow button on your blog. Happy Blogging, keep the easy recipes coming. My family is sick of my chicken and gravy dinners!