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My obsession with pumpkin and very ripe bananas continues. This time, I decided to add chocolate chips to the mix. If you enjoy banana bread with chocolate chips, you’ll LOVE these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

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These muffins are so moist and light in texture, I am tempted to call them cupcakes, except there is no frosting on top. And, you don’t really need rich frosting over these muffins because you’ll be eating them for breakfast! and dessert! These muffins are light and fluffy and have just enough chocolate chips to make them a delicious chocolate treat, but without the chocolate overwhelming the pumpkin flavor.

Chocolate lovers and pumpkin lovers – this is definitely the recipe for you!

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These are best served warm, so make sure to heat them up in a microwave for 10-20 seconds right before serving. This way, the chocolate chips get melty, soft, gooey – so delicious! Am I the only one who likes to eat chocolate chip muffins warmed up?

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Because my second latest obsession is baking with Greek yogurt, these are also low-fat muffins, where Greek yogurt and mashed bananas replace the majority of butter/oil. Muffins texture only wins from that because very ripe bananas and Greek yogurt make them very moist. The banana flavor mixes really well with pumpkin flavor, so these muffins are definitely not bland, and with only 1/2 cup of chocolate chips added, the chocolate does not dominate other flavors here – all of the flavors (pumpkin, banana, chocolate) are really balanced.

You will really enjoy eating these low-fat, light and moist muffins for breakfast, and then sneaking one in bed at night for dessert!

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Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Total time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft, room temperature
  • 1 cup regular white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Use a regular 12-cup muffin pan

1) Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, using electric mixer, beat 4 tablespoons of butter and 1 cup of white sugar on high speed for 1 minute until well-combined. You will get coarse looking mixture (not creamy).

2) Add 2 eggs to the butter-sugar mixture and continue beating for another minute until very creamy and very smooth.

3) Add mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar-eggs mixture, and continue beating, using electric mixer, until well combined – for about another minute.

4) In a separate medium bowl, combine sifted flour (do not overpack the flour, when measuring it using measuring cups!), baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.

5) Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, and mix, using large spoon, just until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX. If there are lumps – they will work themselves out during baking. Fold in chocolate chips.

6) Place the muffin cup liners into the muffin pan. No need to grease the pan or muffin cup liners. Fill muffin liners 3/4 full. Bake for about 25 minutes. Cool on a rack for a little bit, then remove muffins from the pan and let them cool some more.

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  • Angie@Angie's Recipes November 1, 2013, 4:32 am

    I won’t get tired of pumpkin and banana…the more, the merrier 🙂 Those muffins look divine!

  • Ashley November 1, 2013, 6:59 am

    I love the combo of pumpkin and chocolate – these muffins look great! And I definitely pretty much always warm up my muffins before eating them – best way to eat them!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 1, 2013, 8:30 am

    Yum! I’d love to have these for breakfast and a good cup of coffee!!!

  • Barb November 1, 2013, 9:44 am

    Divine! Pinning!

  • Yelena November 1, 2013, 11:44 am

    Good morning Julia! I have muffins today also on my blog-)) How about it-)) Your look so appetizing and moist! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs,

    Yelena

  • Deb November 1, 2013, 1:06 pm

    Oh chocolate! A perfect pairing with pumpkin and bananas! This recipe arrived at just the right time. I’m planning this weekends menu and my family would enjoy these muffins for brunch.

  • Daniela November 1, 2013, 3:42 pm

    Thank heavens Julia that your “obsession” with pumpkin and ripe bananas continues.
    And now enriched with chocolate chips, sounds like dessert heaven to me!

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef November 1, 2013, 4:10 pm

    pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are my absolute FAVE!

  • Noel November 1, 2013, 6:27 pm

    Wonderful! A great flavor combination – always popular in my family! and easy to follow recipe … I Love that!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy November 1, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Drool…

  • Ash-foodfashionparty November 1, 2013, 10:23 pm

    I never get tired of chocolate chip muffins, now the pumpkin is definitely a great added flavor. With a cup of coffee, oh yum.

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen November 2, 2013, 10:09 am

    YUM! I need to make these soon, Julia! Perfect with a cuppa on a cold fall or winter morning. Pinning!

  • The Café Sucre Farine November 2, 2013, 11:30 am

    What’s not to like about these Julia? Wow, such great flavors but low in fat and calories too, it’s a win-win for me!

  • Krista November 3, 2013, 12:30 am

    What a lovely obsession to have. 🙂 These muffins look marvelous! 🙂

  • john@kitchenriffs November 3, 2013, 11:23 am

    Chocolate and pumpkin combine so well! Great muffins – these look inspired. Thanks so much.

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen November 3, 2013, 6:44 pm

    I think I love pumpkin and chocolate together almost as much as peanut butter and chocolate. I’d love to have these muffins for breakfast and love that you made them lower fat.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 4, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Yum! I can never tire of pumpkin. Just made some pumpkin chic chip cookies. Oh yum 🙂

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook November 7, 2013, 12:18 pm

    He hee don’t worry there are bunch of us who are obsessed with pumpkin too. 😀 I love pumpkin + chocolate combo. We must enjoy this season before pumpkin season is over (well I eat year around though, but not as much. :)).

  • Pat November 21, 2013, 6:37 pm

    The muffins were delicious. Texture is perfect. I like chocolate chips, so I’ll increase the portion to 1 cup.

    • Julia November 22, 2013, 5:41 pm

      Pat, so glad you liked the muffins! I thought the texture was pretty good in these too – need to make them again soon! 🙂

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