Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins will meet all your pumpkin cravings this fall. Naturally sweetened with only ripe bananas and honey, made with 100% whole grains, and sprinkled with dark chocolate chips, these muffins are perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack anytime.

healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

I don’t consider myself a pumpkin spice girl, but when October hits, I have a few pumpkin recipes that have to come out of the vault. This recipe for Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins is definitely one of them! We love it so much that it usually gets made multiple times in the fall. It’s totally kid-approved and healthy to boot. The dozen that I made for this post may or may not have been devoured within 24 hours…

Enjoy all the joys of pumpkin spice season with these delicious, tender muffins packed with warm fall spices and gooey chocolate chips.

healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  1. These muffins are incredibly easy to make! Mix up all the ingredients in one bowl and pop them in the oven. These sweet pumpkin treats can be on your table in about 30 minutes!
  2. Totally kid-approved! My toddler loves these muffins, and I love watching her gobble up a healthy snack full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Win-win.
  3. These muffins feature a classic pumpkin spice blend that will make your house smell like your favorite bakery in the fall.
  4. They contain no refined sugar. Instead, they are sweetened with honey and ripe bananas, which also add flavor and keep them nice and moist.
  5. And they are 100% whole grain!

Seriously, your friends won’t believe that healthy can taste this good. But if you decide to share, be warned; make a double batch, because they won’t last long!

Tips for Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

  • How you stir your batter matters! It’s important to mix the batter as little as possible while making sure all ingredients are incorporated evenly. This means with a spoon by hand, not with a stand mixer or hand mixer. If muffins are over-mixed, it actually works the gluten too much causing tough, chewy, cone-headed muffins instead of a nice, tender crumb.
  • Take the extra time and measure your flour the right way, with a spoon and a knife for leveling. When you scoop your flour, you end up with too much, which will leave your muffins dry and dense.
  • Stick to drier pumpkin/squash purees. Your puree should be thick, almost like mashed potatoes. Be careful when using homemade pumpkin that the consistency is not too runny. Honey, pumpkin puree, and mashed bananas add a lot of moisture to this recipe. Too much moisture will result in soggy, spongy muffins.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Mixing bowl, cups, spoons
  • Whisk and spoon/spatula
  • Muffin tin

Ingredients

healthy pumpkin muffins ingredients

  • Oil – Canola or avocado work well.
  • Honey – For another dimension of fall flavor, you could substitute half the honey with real maple syrup.
  • Eggs
  • Mashed bananas
  • Pumpkin puree – I have used store-bought canned pumpkin and homegrown buttercup squash, both with excellent results. If you choose to use homemade pumpkin puree, take caution that it is not too runny.
  • Milk
  • Pumpkin pie spice – Don’t have any on hand? Mix your own with our Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice, featuring 4 common spices you probably have in your pantry right now!
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sea salt
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Vital wheat gluten – This is totally optional. If you don’t have it on hand, don’t sweat it. Either way, this recipe makes incredible muffins. I like to throw a tablespoon in because gluten gives things a bit of a lift when working with 100% whole wheat, and who doesn’t want their muffins to be just that much fluffier?
  • Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips – Go for the minis. It disperses the chocolate throughout the muffin so you get a little bit of chocolate in each bite. (These are the things that matter when you are a chocoholic. Not that I would know, ahem.)

Directions

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 375º.

Step 2:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk oil, honey, and eggs until well combined.

Step 3:
Mix in mashed banana, pumpkin puree, milk, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.

Step 4:
Add the flour and stir until just combined.
Then fold in chocolate chips.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffin batter

Step 5:
Spoon batter evenly into well-greased muffin tins.

healthy pumpkin muffin batter

Step 6:
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Immediately remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Naturally sweetened with only ripe bananas and honey, made with 100% whole grains, and sprinkled with dark chocolate chips, these muffins are perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack anytime.
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Ingredients

  • ½ C oil (canola or avocado)
  • ½ C honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 C pumpkin puree
  • ¼ C milk
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • C whole wheat flour
  • 1 T vital wheat gluten (opt.)
  • ½ C mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375º.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk oil, honey, and eggs until well combined.
  • Mix in mashed banana, pumpkin puree, milk, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.
  • Add the flour and stir until just combined.
    Then fold in chocolate chips.
  • Spoon batter evenly into well-greased muffin tins.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    Immediately remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.

Notes

Tips for Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

  1. Mix the batter as little as possible while making sure all ingredients are incorporated evenly. This means with a spoon by hand, not with a stand mixer or hand mixer. If muffins are over-mixed, it works the gluten too much causing tough, chewy, cone-headed muffins instead of a nice, tender crumb.
  2. Take the extra time and measure your flour the right way, with a spoon and a knife for leveling. When you scoop your flour, you end up with too much, which will leave your muffins dry and dense.
  3. Stick to drier pumpkin/squash purees. Your puree should be thick, almost like mashed potatoes. Be careful when using homemade pumpkin that the consistency is not too runny. Honey, pumpkin puree, and mashed bananas add a lot of moisture to this recipe. Too much moisture will result in soggy, spongy muffins.
Servings: 12 muffins

healthy whole grain pumpkin muffins

From the warm, spiced pumpkin flavor to the rich dark chocolate, this combination of flavors creates an irresistible treat. Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are a delicious and easy recipe that can be made in about 30 minutes! What are you waiting for? Whip up a batch and watch them disappear.

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