Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 30muffins
  • About This Recipe

    “Everyone I have ever served these to rants about them. I have made some modifications to make them a little healthier. That recipe is Lite or Light Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. Either way though, we love them. (Recipe updated to add vanilla, more cinnamon and reduce oil slightly (original calls for 1 1/2 cups oil) since we prefer them with these alterations.)”


  • 4eggs
  • 2cupssugar
  • 1 (16ounce) cans pumpkin
  • 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cupsvegetable oil( yes, 1 1/4 cups)
  • 3cupsflour
  • 2teaspoonsbaking soda
  • 2teaspoonsbaking powder
  • 2teaspoonscinnamon
  • 1teaspoonsalt
  • 12ouncessemi-sweet chocolate chips( Regular or mini, I like mini best)
  • Directions

  • In large mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and oil until smooth.
  • Mix dry ingredients together and mix into pumpkin mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 400 F for 16-20 minutes.
  • Reviews

  • “I made these muffins to give in my Christmas gift packages. Everyone loved them, and including myself. I followed the recipe exactly, and they were easy to make.”

  • “I made this for work any everyone liked it. It was very easy to make.Carolyn”

  • “Yum! I couldn’t bring myself to use that much oil, so I used half applesauce/half oil. The texture, flavor and moisture were not affected. Because I am a high-altitude cook, I added a half-cup flour. The muffins were done in 15 min.Thanks for the great recipe! :)”

  • “My family loves this recipe!I looked up a crumb topping to put on top of the muffins.The crumb topping recipe is below.1/8 teaspoon ginger
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 tablespoon butter (sliced)Mix ingredients together.It will look like cornmeal.Before baking, sprinkle topping over batter.(Are you looking for wintertime comfort food recipes?Make hot chocolate with Marshmallow Fluff topping.Sprinkle cinnamon over fluff.Serve with muffins.)”

  • “I used this as my base recipe and then made a few healthier changes, such as wheat flour and applesauce in place of oil.I also cut back to 1 1/2 c sugar, added only about 1 c of miniature chocolate chips, and used pumpkin pie spice in place of cinnamon.These muffins were so good and moist.They had a wonderful flavor that everyone in my house enjoyed.I also liked that it provided two days of breakfasts for my family of 6.I got 24 regular muffins and a full tray of 36 mini-muffins.”

  • “This muffin was exactly what I wanted! Moist, flavorful with great consistency. I made it with 2 C whole wheat flour & 1 cup AP flour and it worked great. I’ll likely play around with more spice next time but this was scrumptious:).”

  • “I like to add some pumpkin pie spice to the batter. Just gives it that extra umphh.”

  • “These are wonderful!Before I was dating Ryan, I had made these for him, and he loved them! I didn’t know it at the time, but he later told me that after his first bite, he had thought, “I’m going to marry her for these.”Ryan & I are engaged to be married Dec. 5th 2009.”

  • “Really good! I used half white sugar and half brown. This was a good amount of chocolate chips – enough for a couple in every bite! Thanks Marg! Hubby called them “fallish” and very good.”

  • “Okay– funny story.I made these muffins yesterday.I was in the kitchen doing 100 different things at once, one of which was mixing up the ingedients for this recipe as my six year old daughter read them off the computer.Well…. she skipped an ingredient.An important one!SUGAR!And I didn’t even notice that I hadn’t added any!Just popped them in to bake.They didn’t rise as much as I thought they should, and I wondered why.Then I broke a small piece off of one and popped it in my mouth.It wasn’t sweet at all.And then it dawned on me!I never put any sugar in!I took a larger bite, this time including a chocolate chip or 2, and I thought it tasted pretty good!I gave some to the kids (who had no clue) and they said that they were delicious!HAHAHA!Just had to share– I imagine they’re absolutely amazing if you actually follow the directions, considering how good they were– even without the 2 cups of sugar that should have been in there.”

  • “I really enjoyed this recipe! I had a craving that this recipe successfully fulfilled. My only substitutions and changes were: 1.5 cups of regular apple sauce, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 agave nectar, splash of ginger, and I baked for 14 minutes rather then the suggested 16 because they were already set and I didn’t want them to dry out. Thanks for sharing!”

  • “Love these muffins! I went exactly by the recipe and they turned out wonderfully. Next I will be making the lite muffins you have posted. Thank you!!”

  • “I shared these with lots of my friends.They all loved them.”

  • “Moist muffins. Used 1 cup applesauce instead of the cup of oil. Would make again.”

  • “These were insanely delicious! My son (9years old) said, “How have a lived this much of my life and not had these before? I love them!” LOL!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!”

  • “I love these muffins! I use part applesauce and part oil. Wonderful!”

  • “These weren’t terrible, but were NOT sweet enough for me.I was going to give some away, but I won’t because they don’t taste great.Sorry – I was hoping to love em!”

  • “These were pretty good, but if I make them again, I will make a couple of changes.First, the bottoms of all of my muffins were burned and the tops were way too brown before they were done.I’ve never burned a muffin before.I will drop the temp to at least 375. maybe even 350.I make 3 mini loaves, too, and I did drop the temp for those to 375 and they turned out fine.My personal preference would be to add some nutmeg or cloves.I just really like my pumpkin treats to be full of those fall spices.”

  • “Great recipe! The specs are good for 2 dozen a mini loaf. I ate 3 muffins as soon as they were cooled.”

  • “These were really good chocolate chip muffins, nice and moist. The chocolate overpowered the pumpkin, though, so the pumpkin was kind of a waste. Next time, no chocolate chips and maybe some applesauce instead of all that oil. Made 24 big muffins.”