These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins use a blend of whole grain flours like oat, quinoa, and almond for a wholesome, healthy, and tasty breakfast treat. Bonus: they’re super easy too!
Soft, tender, fluffy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are the name of the game today. Ones that taste like fall with an extra punch of sweetness.
There's almost nothing more satisfying than pumpkin baked goods. I know that it's not technically the pumpkin flavor that I love and more than pumpkin spice blend, but still. It's just heavenly. These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are the perfect texture, they're gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and also banana-free!
Why You’ll Love This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe
Here’s a quick summary of all the reasons these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so swoon-worthy:
- Cozy pumpkin flavor—and chocolate. I mean, does it get any better than that? Dark chocolate pairs beautifully with earthy pumpkin spice.
- Muffins everyone can enjoy. If you’re baking for a crowd of mixed eaters, you’ll appreciate that these muffins are vegan and gluten-free, but they’re so delicious that everyone will love them. Which means no baking something separate for people with special diets!
- Blender option. Because we’re using gluten-free flour, you can use a blender to make these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins since there’s no gluten to over-mix. Just pulse the dry ingredients, add your wet ingredients, and blend it all together until a smooth batter forms. Fold in your chocolate chips and you're ready to bake!
What You’ll Need
Here are all of the ingredients you’ll need when making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Make sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the page to see the exact quantities for each ingredient.
- Flax egg – Here's how to make a flax egg if you don't already know! (You can also sub a chicken egg here)
- Pumpkin puree – Just regular canned pumpkin works perfectly!
- Almond milk – This is replaceable with any other type of milk you want to use.
- Maple syrup
- Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar helps create an airy, light texture and gives these muffins lift.
- Oat flour – You'll see oat flour in a lot of my muffin recipes. I love the chewy texture it has, I love the health benefits (hello, fiber!), and I think it has a really mellow flavor. You can either make your own oat flour or you can purchase it.
- Quinoa flour – It's high in protein, it's full of minerals and it also has a really nice texture. If you find that your quinoa flour has a little bitterness, here's how to toast it!
- Almond flour – The perfect way to round out this flour blend. It's full of healthy fats and protein, but also adds a really nice texture to baked goods—kind of a mix between cakey and fluffy.
- Coconut sugar – Or use 2 more tablespoons of maple syrup.
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Dark chocolate chips – Semisweet is fine too.
What Can I Use Instead of Pumpkin in Pumpkin Muffins?
Once in a while, there are canned pumpkin puree shortages and you might need to find an alternative! Luckily, canned butternut squash puree is a simple swap that’s unnoticeable in these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Get ready for your kitchen to smell like fall! Here’s how you make these vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
- Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
- Mix the wet ingredients. In a small bowl, beat together the flax egg, pumpkin, milk, syrup, and vinegar. (Or use the blender option described above.)
- Finish the batter. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Fill the muffin cups. Divide the batter into the muffin tin, filling each cup 3/4 of the way. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes before baking.
- Bake. Place the muffin pan in the oven and bake on the center rack for 24 to 26 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then carefully transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Tips for Success
As you can see, these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are ridiculously easy, but these tips will help you make sure they turn out perfect.
- Don’t use pumpkin pie mix. It’s usually sold alongside canned pumpkin puree, so it’s easy to grab the wrong can! But pumpkin pie mix is already sweetened and spiced, so your muffins will be overly sweet.
- Drain the puree if you use fresh. I usually use canned pumpkin, but if you opt to make your own, place it in a colander lined with a cheesecloth or flour sack towel and let the excess liquid drain off before measuring the puree and using it in this recipe.
- Stick with the original recipe. Gluten-free and vegan baking is tricky, and swapping out too many ingredients will guarantee that these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins won’t turn out.
- Let them cool. It’s hard to resist piping hot pumpkin muffins, but they really need the cooling time to set!
Ways To Serve Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
There are so many ways to enjoy your pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, but I wanted to share just two of my favorites. First, just make sure they're slightly warmed up so you can enjoy the melty goodness of the chocolate chips!
- Drizzle of Nut Butter: Just drizzle your favorite nut butter on top (I like almond and cashew.)
- Coconut Yogurt Sandwich: Cut one in half, then fill it with some coconut yogurt!
And of course, nothing beats just plain and simple muffins!
How to Store
Gluten-free baked goods can get a little dried out on the counter, so I like to pop them in the fridge to prolong their shelf life; they'll last up to a week this way. You can keep them in a sealed container and simply reheat them in the microwave!
Can I Freeze This Recipe?
Yes, you can freeze your pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for up to 3 months. Wrap them up in some foil and pop them in a ziplock bag. I like to write the recipe name and date on the bag so I remember what they are and when I made them. Then to reheat, just pop them in the microwave.
More Vegan Gluten-Free Muffins to try
- Healthy Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- Chocolate Raspberry Muffins
- Healthy Blueberry Muffins
- Skinny Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Chai Spiced Oat & Quinoa Flour Muffins
- Skinny Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Heat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
- In a small bowl, beat together flax egg, pumpkin, milk, syrup, and vinegar.
- Add the dry ingredients directly into the bowl with the wet and stir to thoroughly combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Fill each cup 3/4 of the way full and let rest for 5 minutes before baking.
- Bake on the center rack for 24 – 26 minutes until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 2 – 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Resist the urge to not break into them; cooling them will allow everything to set properly. If desired, reheat in the toaster oven or in the microwave.