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pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Perfectly moist soft pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips. With a few ingredient swaps these are lighter and better for you.
Course Dessert, muffin
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 249kcal
Cost $10


  • Traditional muffin pan with liners, or silicone muffin pan


  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut oil warmed to room temperature, you can substitute unsweetened applesauce if desired
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree homemade is what I use, canned is fine
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces semisweet mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Mix eggs, oil, applesauce, pumpkin, and sugar together, stir well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Do not over stir.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Generously fill 24 greased or paper-lined muffin cups (No need to grease if you're using silicone muffin trays).
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 16-20 minutes.
  • If using a traditional muffin pan, cool 10 minutes before moving muffins to a cooling rack. If using a silicone pan, cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.


  • If your coconut oil is solid, gently warm it in the microwave until it is liquid and at room temperature.
  • These work well as mini muffins too. Just make sure you check them after about 12 minutes, they shouldn't need to bake as long.
  • I've lightened up these muffins by using coconut oil and applesauce to replace the traditional fats.
  • You can use muffin liners, grease a traditional muffin tin, or use Silicone. I've become a huge fan of the silicone trays over the years. No greasing the pan, and you just can't beat the clean up.
  • "Folding" in chocolate chips simply means to gently turn the batter over with your spoon or spatula until they are evenly mixed in. It's a very gentle way of mixing. Overmixing can result in tough or dry muffins. 
  • This recipe makes 24 generous muffins. If you want a smaller batch, hover over the number of servings in the recipe card and use the slider to adjust the amount.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 3227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg