Do you love chocolate chips? How about muffins? Don’t we all! But if you want a sweet treat that will make you feel good and with zero guilt, then this pumpkin chocolate chip muffins recipe is just the right one for you! You can serve it as an after-school treat, a snack, dessert, or even for parties. And the best part? It’s so easy to make!
This is why if you are a busy mom, or perhaps you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight, you are definitely better off making your own snacks at home. By making homemade treats, you know exactly what is going inside your body with every bite. And by following this and other recipes I share, you can be certain that you are keeping with the 3 essential ingredients in every recipe!
God wants you to be healthy and thriving, and you can achieve this by eating whole foods and steering clear from heavily processed and unnatural “foods” loaded with chemicals. This means eating food that makes you feel good and impacts your body, mind and spirit in a positive way.
When you feel good about yourself, everything else in your life aligns – your relationships, your career, your personal and spiritual growth, and you will be able to glorify and praise the Lord better!
Some people struggle so hard to stick to a diet but really, this is absolutely doable and with God’s grace combined with your effort, you can definitely succeed in getting healthy!
Let’s go ahead and have a look at our healthy pumpkin muffins recipe and make this amazing treat for you and your family.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Did you know that pumpkins are loaded with antioxidants such as beta-carotene, which gives this vegetable that lovely orange color? Beta-carotene is essential for keeping your eyes healthy. It aids in the prevention of degenerative eye diseases. Aside from eye health, this antioxidant is also essential for reducing your risk of developing a number of cancer types, and it also protects you against heart disease and asthma.
Eating pumpkins daily also help slow down the aging process and prevent diabetes.
If you are trying to lose or maintain your weight, pumpkin can help you with that as it is rich in fiber that keeps you satiated longer – so you won’t feel the need to binge-eat and snack more often.
Pumpkin is an important source of potassium. This mineral helps minimize sodium intake, which aids in the treatment of high blood pressure or hypertension. With a good amount of potassium in your body, this also reduces your chances of suffering from a stroke, protects you from muscle mass loss, and preserves the density of your bones.
Ways to Eat More Pumpkin
There are so many ways for you to enjoy eating pumpkins daily!
In addition to boiling and steaming your pumpkins, you can also make pumpkin puree that is not only rich and creamy but also an excellent substitute for oil. If your recipe calls for butter or oil, simply replace these ingredients with pumpkin puree to make it healthier.
To make pumpkin puree, I prefer to steam or boil my cut-up pumpkins until they are tender. Be sure to remove the seeds and the innards, as well as the skin. Then, you can puree the pumpkin in your blender or food processor. It’s that easy and quick! You can make large batches and freeze in servings for use throughout the year.
Baked goodies taste much more amazing with pumpkins because they are sweet vegetables that are loaded with lots of flavor. This is why in this pumpkin chocolate chip muffins recipe, we will be using pumpkins to make this lovely treat even better-tasting and more nutritious than ever!
And here’s a bonus… To add a nice crunch to these healthy pumpkin muffins, you may top it off with granola. This low-fat, quick and crunchy topping can be made coarse, or you can grind it in your blender. Then, top your muffins before baking. Check out my special granola recipe right here.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- ⅔ cup whole wheat flour hard red
- 1 cup whole wheat flour hard white
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cup pumpkin puree (one 15 oz can)
- 1 cup sucanat
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Combine well before adding the remaining ingredients. Combine thoroughly until the mixture is moist.
- Spoon the mixture into greased muffin tins.
- Bake the muffin for 30 to 35 minutes if you are making standard size muffins. For mini muffins, bake between 10 and 15 minutes.
- Allow muffins to rest for about 30 minutes before enjoying!