It's no secret that I am obsessed with baking muffins. There's good reason behind it. It was the very first baked good I made on my own, with my own measurements, ingredients, and I was damn proud. I never wanted to bake, especially because it felt so foreign to me. Cooking comes naturally to me, and I am usually pretty good at knowing the end results just by looking at the ingredients before testing. Of course there are times where things to wrong, but hey, we're human right? I dabbled in making my first batch of muffins at the start of 2018, and with a few failures and adjustments along the way, I figured out my base muffin recipe and the rest is history. Throw in some pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and make them gluten and dairy free, you've got a tasty and healthy pumpkin muffin. Oh, and a heaping cup of chocolate chips for good measure. Anything pumpkin is my jam, so these chocolate chip pumpkin muffins are really the greatest thing ever. Like, ever.
The term muffin is said to derive from the Low German Muffen, which is plural for muffe, meaning "small cake." Although muffin and cake batter differ slightly, they derive from relatively the same ingredients. Muffins are made in multiple different ways depending upon the hand of the baker (more on that in a few). Let's get to these yummy chocolate chip pumpkin muffins because hello, it's fall. I made this original version as "pumpkin collagen muffins" and they were rated #1 on my first site, so I remade them sans any collagen, but made them gluten and dairy free. Why you ask? Because why not?! I actually love the taste and texture of a gluten free muffin, and making them dairy free just means eliminating any milk, because there's still egg in these. Pumpkin helps these muffins become a golden orange color, and chocolate chips melt inside making each bite as delectable as the next.
Another fun fact about my muffins, they are all freezable! I made two batches (one almond butter collagen muffin - recipe coming soon- and my blueberry muffins) while I was pregnant so I can defrost a muffin in the morning while I nursed my son, and it was the smartest decision I made. I was famished while I nursed so having these muffins on hand made things a breeze. These chocolate chip pumpkin muffins are excellent year round, and since you can find pumpkin just about anywhere, double my recipe and make a larger batch to store some in the freezer for a wintry day. You're welcome friends :)
The MVP of fall just entered the chat: CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN MUFFINS. Moist, velvety, chocolatey muffins made with gluten free flour and no dairy, you're going to make these on repeat every weekend, guaranteed. Grab one for work, grab one post-workout, grab one post-shower... who cares?! They're just so dang good!
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