Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

By Michelle, age 20, Pennsylvania

It's fall! That means hayrides, sweaters, bonfires, scary movies, and most importantly, pumpkin! If you're like me, I use autumn as an excuse to go overboard on pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING. But unfortunately, most of my favorite treats are just that - treats. High calorie, high fat, and high sugar - not something I need to be consuming on a daily basis. Luckily, I have a few healthier versions of my favorite dishes and I thought I'd share them with you!

Tip: Canned pumpkin goes a long way. It's only 40 calories per serving, full of nutrients, and really tasty. Try adding it to your oatmeal with some cinnamon and nutmeg on top for a real taste of fall!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

The Cupcakes

* 1 15 oz (425g) can pumpkin
* 3 egg whites
* 1/4 cup (120ml) water
* 1 box spiced cake mix

The Frosting

* 1 8 oz (225g) package of reduced fat cream cheese
* 1 1 oz box (30g) fat free/sugar free pudding mix - cheesecake flavor
* 1/2 cup (240ml) skim milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).

Whisk the pumpkin, egg whites, and water together until well combined.

Add the cake mix and combine with the whisk until just blended. A few lumps are ok.

Evenly distribute the batter into 24 cupcake tins with liners.

Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and let cool.

Now for the frosting ... Beat the cream cheese, dry pudding mix and milk until smooth.

Smear on cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle if desired! :)

Approximate Nutritional Information (per serving)

Servings: 24
Amt. per Serving: 1 frosted cupcake
Calories: 120
Fat: 3g
Fiber: 1g
WWPs: 3
Sugar: 11g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Carbs: 21g
Protein: 2g

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