Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Chips

I used the homemade pumpkin puree that I made the other day for these muffins. The muffins are not too sweet, so the chocolate chips add a nice little burst of decadence with each bite. You can substitute dried cranberries for the chocolate chips, if desired.

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Chips

1 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg
1 c. pumpkin puree
1/2 c. orange juice
2 Tblsp. canola oil
1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Combine flours, sugars, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

Use a whisk to combine thoroughly. Make a well in the center and set aside.

In another bowl, combine egg, pumpkin, orange juice and oil.

Use a whisk to combine thoroughly.

Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients, gently stirring until dry ingredients are just moistened.

Add the chocolate chips.

Gently fold chocolate chips until just combined.

Spray the cups of a muffin pan with cooking spray or line with baking cups.

Divide the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups.

Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin in the middle of the pan comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Enjoy! :)


  1. Fantastic! I thank you, my husband thanks and I'm sure my pumpkin pie loving sons will thank you too.

  2. Mmmm, Christine, those look yummy! I think I might have to make those soon and let you know! But I think I'll leave out the chocolate chips :). The cranberries do sound like a good substitute.

  3. Rosie, I hope you get a chance to make them and you and your boys (all three of them!) enjoy the muffins! :)

    Amy, Let me know if you try the recipe and how they turn out. I would normally opt for the cranberries over the chocolate chips, myself... but my girls and I were needing a little chocolate fix last night. ;)

  4. These muffins look delicious! I usually like anything with chocolate in it. I haven't baked in awhile and with the holidays coming up, this looks like a good recipe to try out and get back into the groove of baking. Thanks!

  5. PK, I'm now hungry and I've just had morning tea and I don't like pumpkin. Christine - they look very yummy :)

  6. Oh wow, another fantastic pumpkin recipe. Thanks for sharing. I'm just as gaga over pumpkin products as you are. Next, I want to find a recipe for pumpkin soup.

  7. Hi Donna. Oh I hope you do try my recipe. We only have four left and I made them last night! The girls have each claimed one for breakfast for tomorrow... makes me so happy when they love something I've baked from scratch! :)

    orannia! For the non pumpkin lover to say my muffins look very yummy is a huge compliment! Thank you. :D

    Armenia! Hi!!! How nice to see a comment from you. It's been so long since I've seen you around! Too long! How have you been? I hope you try the muffins. Pumpkin soups is delicious, too. Maybe seasoned with curry? Or something spicy like chili powder? Mmmm.

  8. I think you just found a way to get me to eat pumpkin. *G*

  9. I have had a craving for pumpkin bread lately but this sounds even better. I made cranberry orange bread today because I didn't have any pumpkin but after seeing this post I'm back to my pumpkin bread craving. Must go shopping for the ingredients this week and give this a try.

  10. Christine, thanks for posting the recipe. I'm definitely baking those with the chocolate chips AND with the cranberries. They sound delicious either way. :)

  11. These look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. I'm a huge fan of pumpkin, too, but I've never tried to use a fresh pumpkin - I always just buy the canned stuff from TJs. Not anymore!

  12. Brandy, Ahh... it's the power of chocolate that's going to get you to try these pumpkin muffins, isn't it? ;)

    Renee, my girls LOVE cranberry orange bread, too! I'll be making a loaf of that soon, I think. I hope you try the muffins... let me know how they turn out if you do! :)

    Hiclia, chocolate chips AND the cranberries? Genius! Why didn't I think of that. ;)

    Holly, I actually find the whole process of making my own pumpkin puree rather rewarding. It's that 'back to the basics' feeling. But by all means, using canned pumpkin is still very much homemade if you ask me! I think I may have even read somewhere that canned pumpkin is more nutritious than homemade.

  13. Nice Christine!! It looks very, very yummy!! :D

    and aww, all the work you did, taking pics at each step!

  14. Love the pictures! I've never understood why most cookbooks don't have more pictures.

    Muffins are something I enjoy making because the kids and dh like them, I can make them healthy and they still think of them as a treat. I'll give your recipe a try but will cheat and make a trip to TJ for the pumpkin. :)

  15. It was rather interesting for me to read that blog. Thank author for it. I like such topics and anything connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

  16. Wow those look great.

    Thanks for the well wishes about finding another job. I really appreciate it. I've been at this job for 8 yrs so this should be an adventure lol.

  17. Your muffins sound delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  18. That looks wonderful. My kids would definitely enjoy making those with me, AND on one of their favorite shows (MAggie and the Ferocious Beast on Noggin) they make pumpkin muffins all the time! Thanks for the pictures after each step too.

    *off to go get stuff to make pumpkin muffins after school with my kids.*

  19. nath, thanks! All of the muffins are long gone already. I'm going to have to make more. I had fun taking the pics. ;)

    Leslie, I'm so glad you love the pictures. I was thinking maybe it was a bit excessive, but I was having so much fun practicing my photography skills! :)

    Homemade muffins are a big hit at my house for the same reason. You should definitely save time by using the TJ canned pumpkin. I'll be using it for pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

    Anne-Kathrine, you're welcome for the well wishes. Times are tough for so many people right now and I truly wish you the best. After 8 yrs on the same job, it can be even more overwhelming to be out there in the job market. I like your attitude, though. Definitely look at it as an adventure and maybe you'll find an even more rewarding job now! Keep up your good spirits. :)

    Karine, thanks so much for stopping by! I took a quick look at your blog and really want to make your Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Apple Cheesecake. Oh my goodness, it looks fantastique!

    Dorthy, thank you so much for the visit and for the lovely comment. Oh I LOVE Maggie and the Ferocious Beast! My favorite episode is when Beast breaks Hamilton's push me popper and when Beast 'looses' his spots. ;)

    I hope you and your kids enjoy the muffins!

  20. Wow! Those look good!

  21. Thanks, J.Kaye! They were very yummy. :)

  22. I'm hiding in your kitchen, stealing your muffins.

  23. Christine, thanks for your links in to Food on Friday - they round out what is now a huge collections of muffin and cupcake goodies! Have a good week.


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