Although muffins aren’t cupcakes, you’ll be glad you know about these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
Yes, I know that technically these pumpkin muffins are not cupcakes. But I think they’re close enough, and they’re so delicious and surprisingly versatile that I had to share them with you. Also, anytime you can add chocolate to something makes it a recipe worth trying, am I right?! In that spirit, I’m going to share an incredibly simple pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe that my whole family adores.
I fell in love with a version of these pumpkin muffins years ago when I bought a fundraising cookbook that benefited the Lighthouse Family Retreat. They serve families of children with childhood cancer and provide much needed rest and relaxation for the whole family for a week at the beach. It’s truly beautiful work, and this cookbook introduced me to a truly beautiful recipe. I tweaked and changed it quite a bit then because I was grinding my own wheat and being the hard-core granola lady that I am in my heart. Although I’m not grinding wheat these days, I still retain my version of the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins because I find them heartier and more flavorful.
Chocolate and pumpkin for breakfast? Yes please!
It isn’t a delicate treat, but it IS a delicious one. And the addition of chocolate chunks is one of my favorite things in life. Green & Black’s Organic 70% Dark Chocolate is my standard go-to for decadent chocolate, but you can use any chocolate you like.
I use whole wheat flour and coconut sugar for this one, as well as olive oil and applesauce, so the structure is substantial and the flavor is deliciously rustic. The other REALLY nice thing about these pumpkin muffins — and what makes it a muffin and not quite a cupcake — is that you basically throw everything in a bowl and stir. The end. What’s not to love about that?! I make these fairly often, and they’re a hit no matter when. My kids feel like they’re eating a cake when I serve these for breakfast (although they’re much healthier), and my in-laws request these for Thanksgiving every year because they enjoy eating them with the meal. They’re easy, versatile, delicious, and a healthier option than some of the more splurgetastic cupcakes we know and love.