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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are a stand-by at our house. I’m not sure that they are necessarily the most frugal muffins ever and I certainly know they aren’t the healthiest muffins ever, but they are sure delicious. And if you can get the pumpkin for $0.25/can and the other staple ingredients on sale or at Aldi, it can be rather economical.

These muffins freeze really well and can pretty much be eaten straight out of the freezer. We love to use them for quick snacks or for a special breakfast treat, and they are one of my husband’s favorite things for me to pack in his lunch.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

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37 Comments

  • Elizabeth says:

    This looks great!! My hubby just planted a whole bunch of canning pumpkins I love pumpkin anything so I will keep this recipe in mind. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Heather says:

    These look delicious, and I am definitly going to have to try a batch at my house!

  • Heidi Mercer says:

    How do you usually freeze these? Is there a trick so that they won’t get freezer burned?

  • Jannel says:

    Can’t wait for you to post the banana bread recipe. I have a few bad bananas to use up. The pumpkin choco. chip muffins look great! I’ll have to try that. How well do they freeze?

  • I am interested in starting to freeze pre-prepared items….what is the process for thawing. Any special tricks? Can you start the baking process while frozen (example, lasagna)?

    Thanks!

  • Jannel says:

    Never mind, I just saw that you wrote that they freeze really well. I am definitely going to be on the lookout for these baking ingredients on sale.

  • Anne Munro says:

    Looking yummy!

    Made a double batch of peanut butter cookies with my 3yo son yesterday. We are both still recuperating. Heh.
    (In our family, baking with the boys is a, um, more “active” experience than baking with the girls… anyone else?)

    Love to follow along on your baking days!
    Ace1234

  • Chablis says:

    Please post some information about thawing bread/baked goods. In the past, things have not always tasted good or had a good consistency. Should I only thaw the pieces that I am going to eat immediately? Should I thaw on the counter, in the fridge, or in the microwave? I know that you are saving a ton of time and money, and I want to as well!!!

  • Those look yummy, Crystal! I may have to make some of these if I can get some pumpkin on sale! Thanks for sharing!

  • Abby H says:

    thank you for posting this recipe! I have homemade pumpkin puree in my freezer I need to use up. This sounds like the perfect thing to use it up for!

  • J says:

    just out of curiosity…do you use the silicone bakeware??

  • Rochelle says:

    As a mom that has to deal with egg allergies, I bet you could eliminate a couple of those eggs to make it more economical. You’d be surprised the recipes that call for eggs that really don’t need egg. Pumpkin, baking soda and oil are all substitutions for eggs in the egg-allergy world. Pumpkin binds, oil is liquid and baking soda will help it bake like the egg.

    Just a thought for the queen of frugal mom’s!

  • Jen Benando says:

    How funny. I’m eating those as I’m typing. 🙂

  • Alison Armstrong says:

    I think i have some pumpkin to use, I may have to try these!

  • Kimberly says:

    Those muffins look so yummy, I wish I could climb through the computer and eat one!

    Quick question though…how do you freeze the muffins? Do you wrap them up individually, put them all in one bag? How do you keep them from sticking together? How do you thaw them out? (oops, make that 4 quick questions)…. 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      Put on a sheet pan if you have a big enough freezer, & flash freeze them after they cool (they won’t stick together this way, I’ve found), then bag in freezer ziplock bag & put back in freezer. I usually just thaw on counter & can pop in microwave for few seconds after thaw out if like them warm.

      I do this with my blueberry muffins I make.

  • Sarah says:

    Is it really 1 1/2 cups of oil? Just want to make sure.

  • sara says:

    YUM! I will DEFINITELY be trying these!

  • heather says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  • Kim says:

    We make these exact same muffins, but I cut the oil in half and they still turn out just fine! It saves money and fat. 😀

  • Susan says:

    Have you ever tried using applesauce instead of oil in this recipe? Just wondering before I try it if anyone has and whether it worked or not.

  • Fran says:

    How do you grease your muffin pans? My muffins never seem to come out very well and I hate buying the paper cups. Maybe I just need new muffin tins … mine have just about had it.

  • Ann B says:

    Thanks for the inspiration today Crystal. I finished up my baking at 1:00 and due to the heat, I am done for the day. It is too hot and my air conditioner is having a hard time keeping up today. But I was able to get some things made: a double batch of waffles, a double batch of super power muffins, chicken and potatoes in the crockpot for tonight and taco meat cooked up for tomorrow nights dinner (I’ll just heat it up in the microwave tomorrow).

    I used your waffle recipe and they seem like they will be great. It did seem a little runny so I added more flour ( although I have 3 little distractions of my own so I may not have been paying attention when adding my ingredients originally). I also added pumpkin since I had a partial can left over from my muffins.

    In response to Susan, I use applesauce or pumpkin frequently instead of oil. Things tend to have a different consistancy, and are more moist , but still good and sometimes better.

  • Sherry says:

    I love doing pumpkin muffins! 😀 I sometimes make a little surprise in the middle with cream cheese/sugar/vanilla. 😀

  • LFinn says:

    I am sure you have discussed this at some point, but do you have a separate refrigerator or deep freezer in which you keep all your baking day goodies? Or does it all go in your ‘regular’ refrigerator? If you use your regular refrigerator, how do you maximize space?

  • Christina says:

    Those look good! We have dairy and egg allergies in our house so we make this recipe sometimes: http://savoryseasonings.blogspot.com/2009/01/pumpkin-bread.html

  • Charity says:

    Thanks for sharing all of your yummy recipes! My kids (as well as my husband and I) love your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Whole Wheat Waffles. I fixed your pizza crust recipe last week and my 7 year old exclaimed, “This is the best pizza I’ve ever eaten!” Thanks for all of the great tips!

  • Jill says:

    Great recipe! I made half, since we don’t freeze things, but I still used a whole can of pumpkin and cut back on the oil. It turned out great. Thanks!

  • Lisa says:

    Fran- I have recently started using that Pam Baking Spray with flour. It works really well, I don’t have to use muffin cups and they just slide right out

  • Tricia Young says:

    WOW Yummy!! I made a batch tonight and these will be a staple in our house from now on! I can’t wait to start a baking day like you did…I hadn’t thought of it! I will be back to this post to see what you made and make some! I had all the ingredients for these muffins so I made them tonight after bedtime.
    My changes: 2 eggs instead of 4, 3 cups whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce instead of oil, 1 1/2 cups sugar instead of 2, 15 oz can of pumpkin, and not quite a full bag of 8 oz chocolate chips because that’s all I had. The recipe still came out great. I baked 12 at a time in greased (sprayed with Pam) muffin cups at 450 for 16 minutes.
    Thanks for an awesome recipe!!!!
    Did anyone else make it in a healthier version and it come out well? What did you do?

  • Sabrina Lawrence says:

    Hi there. I have tried making muffins and freezing them but when I thawed them they were kind of mushy… this has been the case with a lot of things I have frozen. How do you avoid?

    Thanks for your awesome Blog!
    sabrina_lawrence@yahoo.com

  • christi says:

    I made these muffins tonight but used 3/4 c applesauce and 3/4 c canola oil instead of 1 1/2 c oil. They came out delicious! Next batch, I may reduce the oil even further.

  • Rebecca says:

    To make it more frugal, I buy pumpkins when they are in season, bake them and mash them and freeze the pulp in 2 cup amounts.

  • Lacey says:

    I made these this morning. I always use Olive Oil when it calls for oil (healthy and tastes great!) and whole wheat flour (only tastes better to me). I used pumpkin we cooked, chopped and froze from last year’s trip to the Pumpkin Patch. We do not carved pumpkins, but our patch charges you for each person. So, we go ahead and get everyone a pumpkin. I look forward to this Fall even more now that I have a recipe I love and will make for many years!

    Please do a post about thawing products. It seems that so many listed above are interested in just that. : )

  • Paula says:

    Hey! Make these all the time, but just as a FYI, I accidentally forgot the 1cup white sugar, & I couldn’t tell the difference (neither could the kids)! Thanks for all your great ideas!

  • Nicole says:

    We made these muffins again today and loved the off-season pumkin from the garden! I have cut the oil to 1/2 cup by adding 1 cup unsweetened applesauce. I also cut the sugar to 1 1/2 cups with no ill effects. Wonderful recipe! Thank you.

  • Fatima says:

    I halved the eggs and oil in the recipe and they turned out great 🙂 Thanks!

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