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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

4.74 from 15 votes
If you think pumpkins are just for the fall, think again! Try these warm, sweet muffins for a delicious treat in any season!
The interior of my pumpkin muffins recipe, showing texture and chocolate chips.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Pumpkin is something that many of us think of as something to eat in the fall when we are able to easily find an abundance of freshly harvested squashes of all kinds. However, since canned pumpkin is readily available all year long, there is no need to deprive ourselves. Pumpkins are not only a true superfood, full of vitamins and fiber, but I think their delightful flavor is welcome at any time!

These muffins are soft and sweet, with the slightly savory taste of pumpkin and warming cinnamon. I love how comforted and cozy they make me feel, and who doesn’t need that these days? I threw some chocolate chips into this recipe because I’m a grown-up and I can do what I want. You’ll see: the flavors of chocolate and pumpkin are a perfect match — and all I want to eat right now! 

A tin of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

What Are Pumpkin Muffins?

A Pumpkin Muffin is just like a regular muffin, but it has pumpkin puree mixed into the batter. The pumpkin puree makes these muffins extra moist and also gives them a delicious flavor and a beautiful golden orange color! Also, I added chocolate chips because nobody can tell me not to.

All About Pumpkin

Like acorn and butternut, pumpkin is a variety of winter squash. You may be familiar with the large pumpkins that we carve into jack o’ lanterns during Halloween, but these are very stringy and not very good for eating. For a brief period in the fall, you can find sugar baby pumpkins for eating. These are much smaller than carving pumpkins and taste much better. 

My recipe calls for canned pumpkin (which is, in fact, made from a variety of different squashes and not just pumpkin!) — I always use canned pumpkin because it’s so quick and easy and tastes delicious. If you are buying canned pumpkin, make sure that you buy pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling

For my recipe, if you have the time, you can easily roast and puree a fresh sugar baby pumpkin if it’s available: cut the squash in half and scrape out the seeds. Place both halves cut side down on a parchment-lined roasting pan and bake at 425°F (210 °C) for about 45 minutes or until very soft. Once cool, scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash until smooth with a fork.

What You Need To Make Pumpkin Muffins

  • A 12-cup muffin tin
  • 12 paper muffin liners
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • A whisk
  • Spoon
  • Can opener
  • Measuring cups and spoons

A Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffin with the wrapper peeled back, showing texture and color.

How To Make Pumpkin Muffins

Here are the basic steps on how to make Pumpkin Muffins (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In another bowl, whisk pumpkin, oil, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, and salt.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until just combined and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
  6. Fill muffins cups with the batter all the way to the top and then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and enjoying it. 

How To Store Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.  For longer storage, freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost the muffins in a warm oven (300°F/150°C) or microwave briefly.

Gemma’s Pro Tips For Making Pumpkin Muffins

  • What kind of chocolate chips? Use semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips for this recipe (bittersweet chocolate chips will overwhelm the flavor).
  • You can use a different squash! If you want to roast and puree your own squash and can’t find some pumpkin, you can use a butternut or acorn squash for this recipe. It will be just as delicious!
  • Save the seeds! Pumpkin and other squash seeds are one of the most nutritious foods. If you decide to roast your own pumpkin for this recipe, you can wash the seeds until all flesh is removed, dry very well and toss with olive oil and salt. Place in a separate pan in the oven while the squash is roasting. Toss occasionally until golden. Let cool and enjoy!
  • Leftover puree? My recipe only calls for a cup of pumpkin puree. Leftover puree can be blended into a smoothie, stirred into soups or pasta sauce, or stored in an airtight container in the freezer for another use.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

4.74 from 15 votes
If you think pumpkins are just for the fall, think again! Try this warm, sweet Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins recipe for a delicious treat in any season!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 Muffins
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
If you think pumpkins are just for the fall, think again! Try this warm, sweet Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins recipe for a delicious treat in any season!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (7 ½ oz/213g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • I cup (8oz/225g) canned pumpkin puree
  • cup (2 ½ floz/71ml) neutral-flavored oil (sunflower, canola, veg)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ cups (10oz/282g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (4 ½ oz/128g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • In another bowl, whisk pumpkin, oil, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, and salt until well combined.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients until it just comes together. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
  • Fill muffins cups with the batter all the way to the top and then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost in a warm oven (300°F/150°C) or microwave briefly.

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Ree
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Ree
2 days ago

Hi Gemma

Interested on trying this muffin recipe. Can I use dark chocolate chips? Thanks ☺️

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Mandy Gille
11 days ago

Easy, smells wonderful and tastes just as good👍

finleydr
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finleydr
14 days ago

I just made these muffins and they are so delicious! Very tender and flavorful. I did shorten the baking time to 20 minutes. I was afraid that 30 minutes would be too long. Is there a reason for 30 minutes? I’ve made many of your recipes and always delicious!

Mariani Ahmad Mansur
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Mariani Ahmad Mansur
17 days ago

I am happy to have tried baking this muffin. They turned great and tasty though they were slightly brown….😀😀😀😀.
Crusty outside but moist and soft inside. Guess they will be my regular high-tea muffin soon…..
A huge thank you to you for sharing this muffin recipe.
By the way, I made the pumpkin puree myself from my own garden.

Mary Lou
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Mary Lou
20 days ago

These muffins are yummy. I am in Costa Rica and could not find canned or fresh pumpkin so made them with a winter type squash I got at the farmers’ market. Turned out very well. Used milk chocolate chips which is all I had and next time I think I will try them with raisins. Love the sugar/cinnamon topping!. Thanks Gemma – keeper. Lovely to see your hubby and baby George on your videos. Congratulations!

Kristin
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Kristin
24 days ago

Pumpkin is my favorite! Could these be made into bars? What size pan and how long would you recommend baking? Thank you!

Casey Black
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Casey Black
24 days ago

Love these muffins Gemma! The perfect quick recipe on a cloudy day. My husband loves them too. Thank you!
Casey from Oregon

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