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Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins

September 17, 2021

Looking for an easy and delicious pumpkin muffin recipe? I’ve got you covered. These super moist pumpkin chocolate muffins are […]

Looking for an easy and delicious pumpkin muffin recipe? I’ve got you covered. These super moist pumpkin chocolate muffins are made with a handful of simple ingredients and everything comes together in one bowl in under 30 minutes. Perfectly spiced and filled with cozy, fall flavors, these muffins are my go-to recipe. Make these muffins on Monday and enjoy warm, delicious pumpkin and chocolate muffins for breakfast all week long. 

We’re exactly halfway through September and my youngest is already counting down the days until Halloween. My idea of the perfect Halloween costume is that Target t-shirt they sell every year that says “This IS my costume”.

Yeah, I’m that girl. If I’m feeling extra festive I might top it off with a tall black witch hat but that’s about as far as I go when it comes to costumes. 

I might not be a big fan of Halloween itself, but I really do love everything else that comes along with the month of October. I love sweater weather and a backyard lawn covered in fresh autumn leaves. Sign me up for the sugar high that comes with eating an entire bag of caramel corn from the pumpkin patch and the smell of fresh cinnamon sugar donuts wafting from the oven on a chilly Sunday morning. 

This time of year I especially love baking anything and everything pumpkin. Pumpkin Bread with Streusel Topping, Pumpkin Madeleines, and Mini Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecakes are just a few of my favorites of the season. If you’ve hung around this corner of the internet long enough, it’s no surprise that I add chocolate to just about everything. Pumpkin is no exception. One bite of these Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins and I think you’ll agree that pumpkin and chocolate are just better together. 

Ingredients for pumpkin chocolate muffins

Not only are these muffins crazy delicious but they could not be easier to make. All you need is a bowl, a whisk and a spatula or wooden spoon. There’s no mixer required and you can have a warm batch of pumpkin chocolate muffins fresh from the oven in less than 30 minutes. Ummm….yes please!

And the best part is all you need is a handful of ingredients and a can of pumpkin. Be sure to stock up because you’ll want to make these muffins again and again! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brown sugar – along with the vegetable oil and pumpkin puree, brown sugar helps keep these muffins ultra moist. I use light brown sugar for this recipe but dark brown will work just as well.
  • Vegetable oil – oil is the key to moist muffins. I use canola oil but any neutral oil will do. If you’re looking to make a healthy pumpkin muffin, you can sub half of the oil for applesauce. No one will know the difference!
  • Spices – to really bring out the pumpkin flavor we’ll add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves. It’s the perfect combo of all the cozy fall flavors we love this time of year.
  • Pumpkin – stock up on pumpkin puree next time you’re at the market because these muffins will be on repeat in your kitchen all season long. Be sure to purchase pure pumpkin puree, not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling. 
  • Chocolate – for this recipe we are melting semi-sweet chocolate chips and swirling the chocolate into the top of the muffins before baking. Simply melt the chocolate in a heat safe bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth and shiny. It’s so easy and makes for a super pretty muffin top!

In addition to these ingredients you’ll need flour, eggs, granulated sugar, buttermilk, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

 

How to make pumpkin muffins

From start to finish, these muffins can be ready in 30 minutes or less. There’s just 4 simple steps standing between you and a batch of the best pumpkin chocolate muffins. I can’t think of a single reason NOT to make these muffins!

First, whisk together the wet ingredients in a large bowl.

Second, gently fold in the dry ingredients which includes flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Be careful not to over mix the batter. For a light and airy crumb it’s important not to overwork the mixture. Aim for a few streaks of flour remaining. Don’t worry about working out all the lumps and bumps. 

Next, scoop the batter into a lined muffin tin and use a toothpick to swirl a teaspoon of melted chocolate on the top of each muffin.

And finally, bake at a high temperature of 400°F for 5-6 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350°F for another 7-8 minutes. Keep an eye on your oven and do not over bake. Serve warm with a cup of coffee or tea!

Tips for the best muffins

If you love a good muffin top as much as I do, try these tips and tricks and watch your muffins rise perfectly in the oven every time. Follow these same steps when making any of my muffin recipes, like my Peach Streusel Muffins or these decadent Double Chocolate Espresso Muffins

  1. Do not over mix the batter. Less is more when it comes to mixing muffin batter. Avoid stirring the mixture too much or you will risk over working the glutens in the flour which results in dense, gummy muffins. 
  2. Fill the liners 3/4 full. For perfectly domed muffins tops you’ll want to fill the muffin liners 3/4 of the way full. This gives the muffins room too rise without overflowing on to the top of the muffin pan. 
  3. No peaking! Keep a close eye on your oven as the muffins bake but don’t be tempted to open the oven door. This will cause the steam to escape as the muffins bake which will prevent the muffin tops from rising nice and high. Keep the oven door closed until the end of the baking cycle when it’s time to test for doneness. 
  4. Do not over bake. It takes just an extra minute or two in the oven for muffins to go from soft and tender to dry and crumbly. Not two ovens are the same so it’s important to keep an eye on the muffins as they bake. To test that they are done, gently press on the top of the muffin and it should spring back. A toothpick inserted into the top of the muffin should also come out clean or with just a few crumbs remaining. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. 

How to store muffins

These easy pumpkin muffins are amazing fresh from the oven but they are even better on the second day once all the pumpkin and warm spices have had a chance to marry together. They will stay moist for days which means you can make a batch on Monday and enjoy delicious muffins all week long. They also freeze beautifully. Simply wrap the cooled muffins in a layer of plastic wrap and place in a large plastic bag in the freezer. Defrost at room temperature and then pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds before serving. They’re perfect for breakfast on-the-go on a chilly fall morning. 

FAQ’s

Can I double the recipe? Yes! I highly recommend making a double batch. These muffins freeze perfectly and will last for up to three months in the freezer. They’re perfect for hurried weekday mornings or an after-school snack. You can defrost them at room temperature or reheat them in the microwave for 15 seconds or a 350°F oven for just 5 minutes. 

Why don’t my muffins have perfectly domed tops? Muffins that are over mixed or contain too much flour may not rise properly in the oven. Also, make sure you bake them at 400° for the first 5-6 minutes. The high heat causes a burst of steam that lifts the batter which creates those perfectly domed muffin tops.

Can I use homemade pumpkin puree? Absolutely. Keep in mind that homemade pumpkin puree generally contains more liquid than it’s canned counterpart. You can correct this by blotting the pumpkin with a paper towel to help remove some moisture before adding it to the batter. To make your own pumpkin {or squash} puree, try this recipe from Food52. 

Can I use chocolate chips instead of melted chocolate? If you are short on time or just don’t want to dirty another dish, you can skip melting the chocolate and turn this into pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Simple drop a cupful of chocolate chips into the batter and fold them in. Reserve a handful to place on top of the muffins as soon as they emerge from the oven. I love the extra sweetness that semi-sweet chocolate chips offer but you can use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate, whatever you have on hand. 

Why are my muffins dry? Muffins often turn out on the dry side because too much flour was added to the batter. For best results, use a digital kitchen scale for the most accurate measurements. I love this one from OXO. 

If you like these easy Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins, you might also like:

Other pumpkin recipes you’ll love:

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Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins

  • Author: Heather Mubarak
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breads & Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These easy and delicious pumpkin chocolate muffins are ridiculously moist and full of warm fall spices and swirls of melted chocolate. Freeze them for an quick weekday breakfast or afternoon snack.


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups (190 g) all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 2/3 cup (135 g) granulated sugar
  • 2/3 (135 g) cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use canola oil)
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate for swirls, melted and slightly cooled, or 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugars, vegetable oil, pumpkin, eggs and buttermilk until well combined.
  4. Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture and gently fold together using a wooden spoon or spatula. Do not over mix. A few streaks of flour remaining is okay.
  5. Divide batter evenly between the muffin cups, filling 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Spoon 2-3 small dollops of melted chocolate (about 1 teaspoon) on top of each muffin and use a toothpick to swirl the chocolate and pumpkin together. Just one or two swirls will do the trick.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes or until muffins start to rise and tops begin to dome. Do not open the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350° and bake for 7-8 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the top comes out clean. Bake for extra time if needed.

Notes

Serve warm from the oven.

To freeze muffins, cool completely and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and seal in a large plastic bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

To defrost, leave out at room temperature for 30 minutes or reheat in the microwave for 15 seconds.

Keywords: pumpkin chocolate muffins, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

  • Reply
    Emma
    November 18, 2021 at 5:59 am

    Hhiii~ it’s looks so yummy but can i reduce the sugar? and how much can i reduce?

  • Reply
    Linda
    September 18, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    These muffins are fabulous!! YUM.

  • Reply
    Suzie
    September 18, 2021 at 5:14 am

    This is definitely on my fall bucket baking list, can’t wait to give it a try! Such gorgeous swirls!

  • Reply
    Amy V
    December 22, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Absolutely scrumptious! The chocolate swirl makes them look so pretty too!

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      December 22, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      I’m so glad you loved these muffins! Chocolate and pumpkin is one delicious flavor combination!!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    October 26, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Do you have to use pumpkin puree as I don’t have any lying about.

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      October 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Hi! I haven’t made these muffins any other way. You could make your own puree using real pumpkin if you have the extra time.

  • Reply
    Kasey Goins
    October 9, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I just absolutely love these photos! Insanely stunning!

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      October 11, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks Kasey!! I really appreciate that. I had fun with this shoot and these muffins are one of my all-time favorites!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    October 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    These are fabulous! I’ve made them three times within a week! Everyone loves them! I use self rising flour & still put in, but half the amounts, of baking soda & powder & salt. They get nice and big. I baked mine at 350 for 20 minutes. Thanks for a great recipe

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      October 2, 2019 at 3:47 am

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed these muffins! They are a favorite in our house too!!

  • Reply
    Faith VanderMolen
    September 24, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    These look incredible! I’ve never thought to add chocolate swirl to bread/muffins and now I’m hooked. Such a creative recipe!

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      September 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much! They are a new favorite of mine!!

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