Sunday, September 26, 2010
Erin's (Accidentally Vegan) Pumpkin Spice Muffins
One of my friends at work is currently following Weight Watchers in an effort to lose some weight. (Trust me...I've already tried to sell her on vegetarianism or veganism, but it hasn't worked yet...) Anyway, recently she came in to work one day with a Tupperware full of pumpkin spice muffins, a recipe she said she modified from the Weight Watchers program. She told me that she thought of me while making them because they have no dairy or eggs in them.
My first reaction was to look at the muffins suspiciously. "No eggs, milk or butter in them? Are you SURE?" I asked, raising my eyebrows.
She went through the recipe with me and, sure enough, there weren't any animal products. So, I finally tasted one. It was so delicious, that by the end of the day, the receptionist (who doesn't have any dietary restrictions) and I had both dusted off 3 muffins each. Also, I managed to leave the office with the remaining muffins...Erin swore she had another dozen at home. (I am so lucky to work with such nice people!) Throughout the day, I also bugged her incessantly to share the recipe with me.
I know they may not look like much, but these muffins are incredibly moist and delicious. They're also very easy to make. And they have lots of fiber. According to Erin, they are only about 1-2 points on the Weight Watchers program. (Apparently, that is something Weight Watchers people find very exciting...) Hope you like them:
ERIN'S (ACCIDENTALLY VEGAN) PUMPKIN SPICE MUFFINS
3 cups All Bran (original) cereal (I'm sure you could substitute with another bran cereal if you wanted to)
2 cups warm water
1 box (18 oz.) spice cake mix
1 can of pumpkin puree
1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 and 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon (or to taste)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Pam or other spray oil
Mix together the cereal and warm water and let it stand for about 5 minutes. Then, add the spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon and mix well. Finally, mix in the vinegar. Spray a couple of muffin pans with the spray oil and spoon in the batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!