Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Happy Monday to you! I’m surprisingly a Monday person…Mondays tend to be a good day for me. I have lots of energy on Mondays and am ready to start the week, mostly getting myself and the family organized, projects started and the house cleaned up….by Thursday though, it’s a totally different story. I really start to slow down on Thursdays…not a big fan of Thursdays, except for Thursday night TV…but now I am rambling aren’t I?
I did bake these muffins last Thursday though…some of our friends were moving out of state and we were going to be going over to say our good byes. I wanted to bring them something they could snack on during their big moving trip…I haven’t made these Pumpkin Muffins in a while and my son has been begging to bake some lately. This time I decided to add some mini chocolate chips into the batch, I’ve been seeing really great pumpkin-chocolate combinations in blog world lately and I’ve had a craving! They came out really yummy!
I decided not to “healthy them up” this time since we were planning to give most of them away (that sounds terrible doesn’t it?). I stuck to the original recipe for the most part which actually is Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bread recipe (from her Lady and Sons cookbook). The changes I made were subbing applesauce for vegetable oil and the cooking time since they were mini muffins instead of bread loaves.
Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup applesauce (original recipe uses 1 cup vegetable oil)
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups canned pumpkin
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Place liners into mini muffin pan and spray insides of liners with non stick spray.
- Mix sugar and oil with mixer. Add eggs and blend. Add pumpkin and blend. Add water and blend. Combine remaining ingredients and add slowly. With a spoon or small ice cream scooper fill baking cups equally. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- These make a ton of mini muffins. You can also divide the batter into two loaf pans and bake for 1 hour for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.
adapted from Paula Deen, The Lady and Sons cookbook
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They look like wonderful traveling muffins! 😉
that is really sweet that you brought those muffins to your friends! I’m sure they really apreciated them during the move! They look yummy!
We are on the same wavelength – I just posted little mini pumpkin muffins too! I love the little mini wrappers – i can never find them!
I posted pumpkin muffins today too! Funny! I love the mini ones!
These look delicious! The applesauce for oil sounds like a great healthy swap! I bet these gave your friends just the pickup they needed during their move!
Love the little muffin paper cups! These look darling; there’s just something special about mini muffins. I’m sure your friends appreciated receiving them. I bet this would taste good as bread, too!
I love that you used chocolate chips with the pumpkin muffins. I was wondering if chocolate and pumpkin would go together and now I know. Great recipe!
Chocolate & pumpkin go together so well.. the muffins look so good.
you’re a good girl to make them healthy!!!
The right size to keep popping them into my mouth day in and out. LOL.
I love how you said you weren’t going to healthy this up, but then swapped applesauce for oil 🙂 You’re my girl! I love pumpkin so I will be trying these soon. Love the miniS!
Those look great and I love the seasonings and addition of the applesauce (smart thinking!)
Looks great! I’ve never substituted apple sauce before – can you taste the apple in the final baked product??
Colleen – I found the mini baking cups at Michael’s…they had the pumpkin ones right before Halloween.
Mary Ann – It was a struggle enough to pour all that sugar in there (and not use any whole wheat!) so I had to do something!!!
Mandy – I don’t ever notice the apple taste in the final product, I think it actually makes the muffin pretty moist. I sub applesauce for oil pretty often…if you want to test it out you can always start with half.
Yummy, yummy. Paula Deen- has to be good!
I’m a Monday person too. Love Mondays!!
I love Paula Deen, great recipe choice, these are always so fun to eat during the Fall :)!
These are a perfect combination of flavors. Two of my favorite, in fact. Lovely post, Aggie.
Your muffins look scrumptous. I love the flavor combo of the pumpkin and chocolate. I am learning to use applesauce more too. I find it makes things a little more moist.
Oh yum!! Anything from Paula Deen gets my seal of approval!
These look so good! My favorite part is how tiny they are – you can feel less guilty going back for seconds…or thirds…:)
I agree…the smaller they are the more I seem to eat!! 🙂
those are so adorable and little. i am obsessed with muffins. i make them constantly.
i know what you mean about thursday night tv!! definitely my favorite night of the week… mostly because i’m in love with survivor!
I saw you mentioned on Pam’s blog and wanted to say hi!
Hi Aggie- It’s me… life suddenly got so hectic and had to take a little leave = ) but I really missed commenting, even though I may miss to comment I have you in my RSS feeds = ) and am saving all the wonderful recipes!
Those sound great. I agree with you about Monday’s. I’m all ready to get the week started and by Friday morning I just want to stay in bed!
Glad to see ANOTHER pumpkin recipe on your blog! I love the pumpkin/chocolate flavor combo. I posted a recipe for healthy mini chocolate chip pumpkin muffins to my blog on 2/04/08 and used canola oil instead of butter.
I do the same thing by only making them real healthy if i’m keeping them. Good muffins!
These would be great for a Fall Saturday brunch! I think I love anything pumpkin!
Pumpkin is in the air, and in your oven with these wonderful muffins!
Hi There – made these a few days ago with my last can of organic pumpkin. I did not have applesauce so I replaced with the oil. My boys (8 & 10) loved them and are asking for more. I made them into regular size (standard muffins) instead of mini. Great recipe. Thank you!!