Monday, September 25, 2017

Whole Grain Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins #MuffinMonday

Whole Grain Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins #MuffinMonday


Buttermilk-soaked rolled oats and whole wheat flour, combined with pumpkin puree and a handful of chocolate chips for flair, make these less-sugar muffins sweet yet wholesome.

photo of a plate of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

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As I think about my favorite recipes using farm fresh ingredients, I'm realizing how often I feed my family muffins.  Muffins for breakfast.  Muffins for after school snack.  With dinner.  Muffins to school or work or social functions.  Pretty much if there's an occasion to bring food, I've probably made muffins.  In addition to this recipe, you can find all my muffin recipes, from Apple Cider Forgot the Sugar to Zucchini Nutella,  to your right in desktop view, or  down below in mobile view----> in my Recipe Index by Category.


pic of a pile of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins


I get this desire to feed the world muffins from my mom.  She has a couple of friends from school who made a muffin cookbook (Amazon affiliate link) that I refer to when I feel like making muffins but need inspiration. My current favorite muffin recipe, though, is cobbled together from my experiences making these waffles, these muffins, and always having buttermilk on hand. I love these muffins because they are whole grain, not too sweet, but have a little hit of chocolate that makes the kids think it's a treat. I've played with many iterations of this muffin base, using soaked oatmeal, but this recipe is the one that started it all. For Muffin Monday today, I've gone back to the beginning.


photo of a pile of pumpkins and winter squash



I know lately it seems that the switch has been flipped to All Things Pumpkin, and I am not usually one to jump on bandwagons, but my reason for using pumpkin is simple. I've got a lot of volunteer pumpkins on hand this Fall.  The garden has been crazy productive, thanks to the squirrels planting pumpkin seeds everywhere and my inability to deny food the right to grow wherever it shows up. Check here for how to Process a Pile of Pumpkins (and the mystery winterish squash in the background).


close up image of pumpkin oatmeal muffins with chocolate chips


Is your garden providing Copious Curcubita, too? Would you like more recipes using pumpkins? Check out my Pumpkin Recipes Collection. It's part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me eating from the farm share, the farmer's market, the garden, the neighbor's garden, and great deals on ugly produce at the grocery store.

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NOTE: This recipe requires oats to be soaked in buttermilk for at least an hour. I've used rolled oats and steel cut oats with great success (haven't tried quick oats). It's easy to prep a bunch of containers of oats and buttermilk and store them in your fridge for impromptu muffin-making. I've made an oat-buttermilk mixture on Sunday night and used it as late as Friday morning without ill effects, but I'd usually stick with 2-3 days in advance. I prefer a wide mouth pint size canning jar (not shown) to store my soaking oats in the fridge.

photo of whole grain pumpkin chocolate chip muffins



Muffin Monday

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday, can be found on our home page.



12 comments:

  1. You brought me big muffins the first time you came to visit then newborn CJ!

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    1. and you ate them while I got to hold him!

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  2. I am officially abandoning my rule of no pumpkin after thanksgiving! I need this in my life right.now.!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up :)

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    1. Heather,
      Rules are made to be broken, you know?
      Thanks for hosting a great resource--What's In The Box rocks!

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  3. I love your Recipe Index by Ingredient because it led me here.
    I've got a batch of these muffins in the oven now, using Acorn Squash because that's what I had and I subbed in Blackberries for the Chocolate Chips because I love fruit. The Hubby would have loved the chocolate chips but since he didn't see the original recipe, he has no idea what he's missing. If they are half as good as your orange cherry muffins, then I can't wait to eat them.

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    1. Meghan,
      I'm so glad my adventures in HTML led you here!
      I really enjoy checking out Alanna at A Veggie Venture's A to Z of vegetables, I always get inspired when I check it out, so I tried to do something similar but with photos too. I can see I'll be tweaking it and changing the categories as I add more recipes, but for now, if it works, then great.
      Thanks--and I'm glad to read from your Strange But Good that they turned out well!

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  4. Trying these with a gluten-free flour blend.next time I think I will try to substitute. Sweet potatoes...

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    1. JoJo,
      Sweet potatoes sounds delicious--great idea! Please let me know how the gluten-free blend works out. I've made a gluten free hummingbird cake for a friend, but don't routinely bake with gluten free flour.
      Thanks!

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  5. I used kefir instead of buttermilk and they were wonderful!

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    1. Catherine,
      I'm delighted to hear it. That's a terrific substitution, and I'll I'll remember it next time I have kefir but not buttermilk.
      Thanks for circling back to let me know!

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  6. These sound wonderful and next week is #PumpkinWeek.

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  7. Great way to use up the bounty from your garden. Great idea to soak the oats!

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