Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins are soft, moist, and double the fun, split between lightly-spiced pumpkin and a generous dose of chocolate!
Well friends, it’s officially September…and that means I’ve officially given myself permission to crack open the first can o’ pumpkin of the season! I wasted no time this year, seeing as how I baked these Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins on September 1st. Too soon? Perhaps. But when my kids came home from school that afternoon and smelled the lovely aroma of pumpkin wafting through the house, the smiles on their faces told me that they were as ready for pumpkin season as I was.
In my many years as a pumpkin addict, I’ve learned that recipes for banana baked goods usually adapt beautifully to pumpkin. With a little tweaking, slightly more sugar (since pumpkin puree is not as sweet as mashed bananas), and perhaps a dash of cinnamon, pumpkin can be substituted for banana to give a fall twist to just about any recipe with delicious results. That’s how my Banana Nutella Bundt Cake transformed into Pumpkin Biscoff Bundt Cake. And that’s how (no, you’re not experiencing déjà vu) my Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins evolved into today’s Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins!
After I finished baking this particular batch of muffins, I actually packed it up for my family’s trip to the coast over Labor Day weekend. We rented a cute little beach house and spent a few glorious days jumping ocean waves, playing in the sand, and looking for seashells (and, of course, watching college football when we needed a break from the sun). And though it was 90-something degrees…and we were in beach mode…with summer technically still in full swing…yes, we ate pumpkin muffins. Nobody complained one bit! 😉
So at whatever moment you find it in your heart to embrace pumpkin season this year, promise me that you’ll give these Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins a try! They might seem fancy with their split personalities and all, but they’re actually as easy as whipping up a simple pumpkin batter, adding melted chocolate to half of it, and then filling each muffin liner with a dollop of both batters. They’re fun, they’re tasty, and they’re the perfect way to ease into fall (even if you’re still squeezing every last drop out of summer)! 🙂
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