I'm looking out my window, feeling the subtle breeze and I can tell...fall is coming.
Fall is my time of year. The weather is perfect. The cuisine is comforting. All my favorite holidays are ahead, including my birthday, next Friday. Like I said, it's my time of year.
Few things make me happier than when the leaves start changing.
Few things, I say, other than pumpkin.
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin coffee...I'm surprised I'm not orange by Thanksgiving.
As so many foodies have said before me, pumpkin is an ingredient pigeonholed to October and November. Do you ever see a pumpkin pie at Easter or reach for a piping hot pumpkin spice latte in July? No.
But why is it, my friends, that we get so excited when it is pumpkin time? We love it. We go pumpkin nuts.
I hated pumpkin for many years, but now I can totally say, after trying a pumkpin cheesecake, that I am a convert. And since last December, when
Starbucks traded pumpkin for peppermint, I've longed for the spicy comfort of this seasonal standout.
Well, I will wait no longer. Fall is upon us, Halloween is seven weeks away and it's pumpkin time. So whip out a can and make these chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, and feel pretty good about them, because I've made them healthier for you.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
What ya need (for 14 muffins)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup water
1.5 cups AP flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
What ya do:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper lining.
2. Mix sugar, oil and eggs. Add the pumpkin and water and continue to mix. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt.
3. Pour wet mixture into dry and stir together. Don't overmix these little guys! Slowly fold in the chocolate chips, using up to 1 cup if you prefer
4. Fill cups 2/3 full of batter and bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes!
Oh and guess what? Pumpkin galore recipes comin' your way!! And a giveaway, very soon!!! Keep on comin back!