Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

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During our blizzard the other day, while rummaging around in my pantry, I found an abandoned can of pumpkin. (Do you have this can on your shelf?) This was the pumpkin that I obligingly purchase every November just in case I decide to make a pumpkin pie. On year’s such as this when pumpkin doesn’t win the majority of votes, I’ll wait until spring and put it in a paper bag outside the front door for the letter carriers’ food drive, because aside for an occasional pie I have never had any use for a can of pumpkin. I’m not a fan of spiced quick breads or muffins, but when later in the day of the blizzard Steph posted her friend Sharon’s “Super Awesome Pumpkin Muffins” recipe on Facebook, I took it as a sign.

Starting from Sharon’s recipe, I took out the nutmeg (in honor of my sister who hates nutmeg) and threw in a handful of chocolate chips and— very surprisingly—I love these! The oats and whole wheat flour are delicious, and the spices are just right. I think I’ll buy another can of pumpkin before next November!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (adapted from Sharon)
Makes 16 muffins.

Mix well:

  • 1-1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin

Add all at once and stir just until mixed:

  • 1-1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 c. quick oats
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins.

Variation: Omit chocolate chips. Add 1/2 c. coconut, 1/2 c. pecans, 1/4 c. currants

4 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

  1. Yum! I wish I’d had this recipe during the blizzard. I made some cranberry orange muffins out of a magazine recipe that were…meh.

    I ALWAYS have a can of pumpkin, though–it’s one of our pantry staples so I buy a few cans whenever it’s on sale. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin bread either, but when my family is about a quart low on veggies (after a few days in a row of eating out or during a busy week when we have a lot of scratch meals), I make pumpkin pudding to serve alongside whatever we’re having for dinner. I follow the pie recipe on the side of the can, only I bake the filling in a bain-marie instead of encasing it in crust, reduce the sugar by a quarter cup or so, and make some low-fat substitutions (egg whites and fat-free evaporated milk). Everyone loves it, and they get a good hit of beta-carotene.

  2. I’m so glad everyone loves them as much as I do! I have to give credit to my friend Heather who gave me the original recipe some 20 years ago. I changed it a bit from hers also. She used applesauce instead of pumpkin, which I sometimes do, ricotta cheese instead of oil, and only the egg whites. Also hers had much more clove, which I cut drastically.

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