Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe is for pumpkin lovers and non-pumpkin lovers alike! These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins have a subtle hint of pumpkin flavor along with cinnamon and chocolate make this a recipe hard to resist! This is by far, my FAVORITE pumpkin recipe!  As thoughts of Fall began bombarding my Pinterest feed recently, I could not stop thinking about these muffins. So in the final week of August, I caved and baked a batch. My boys have been all sorts of helpful this week in hopes of getting another muffin! I absolutely love baking muffins in my mini-muffin pan as they are the perfect size for the little hands in our home, as well as a good portion size for the adults!

Lately, my husband and I have been cutting down on the sugar and really working hard at doing a better job at eating healthier. We encourage our boys to eat well-balanced meals and need to make sure we are doing so as well! I have begun substituting healthier alternatives into my baking as you will see below. You will notice an original recipe first, then a ‘skinny version’ below. You can pick and choose the substitutes you want to use!

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  • 3 1/3 c. flour
  • 2 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. oil
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
Lighter Version
  • 3 1/3 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar (Splenda or another artificial sweetener)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. pumpkin
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 c. applesauce
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips (one doesn’t mess with chocolate chips)
{You will notice I changed a few measurements, and substituted a few ingredients. One of my greatest secrets to healthier baking has been adding more flavoring in the place of some of the sugar. I included both the original and lighter recipes, so that you are able to decide which if any of the ‘lighter’ ingredients you care to substitute.}
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


1. Mix together first 5 ingredients. Mix together well and then add the liquid ingredients.

2. Next, add in the chocolate chips.  Spoon into muffin tins.

3. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Makes about 2 1/2-3 dozen muffins.

* This recipe makes awesome pumpkin bread too!*

More Fall Favorites:

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

Surprise Pumpkin Treats

Pumpkin Patch Brownies

Starbucks  Pumpkin Spice Latte Copycat

Homemade Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce


  1. I really need to start skinnifying some of my recipes…not liking the tighter jeans that has been happening lately:-) I adore pumpkin in every single form! The muffins look great!!!

  2. I want to make these TODAY. I love pumpkin and the chocolate chips would be a great addition. Thanks for sharing an awesome fall recipe!

  3. I love the skinny recipe! I’ve been trying to get better too, hard to do! :) These muffins sound awesome!

  4. Looks yummy! Great recipe!

  5. Yum! Looks great (and sounds easy to make)!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us this week @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Looking forward to your next project :)

  6. These cupcakes look GREAT !
    I made chocolate-chip pumpkin cake last Thursday (which was wonderful) but I wish I saw your recipe before. I have tons of egg-whites in the freezer…..
    Next time I’ll make these muffins

  7. I’m printing it out right now. It looks so yummy and perfect for our healthy living plan as of late!


    • Lisa- You are going to love them! By the way, I LOVE your website! I stopped by and visited for awhile. What a great work you are doing with young girls. I am a mentor to a few teenage girls at the private school where my husband and I work. I’d love to hear more about the resources you’ve used!

  8. Mackenzie, these look amazing!!! I’m pinning this to my recipe board to try out! Thank you for sharing!

    Visiting from Titus 2sdays,

  9. These sound SO GOOD!! And I LOVE that you put a regular and skinny version up, thanks!! Your little taste testers are adorable! I’m pinning now!

    ~Jen @ Yummy-Healthy-Easy

  10. Mmmmm…can I have one? Like right now? Lol. Would you share at the P’kin Party?

  11. I love the combo of pumpkin and chocolate…yummy!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch!! I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  12. Pinning this!

  13. I love pumpkin everything and these look so tasty! Thanks for including the original and skinny version, always nice to have options depending on my mood :)

  14. These look great! Funny – I just picked up ingredients yesterday to make something similar. I’ll have to compare ingredients! :)

  15. Mmmm, pumpkin and chocolate are great together! Sounds delicious :)

  16. These sound delicious!! I love anything that combines chocolate and pumpkin!

  17. These look awesome, girl!


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