I posted about these little orange gems a while back – but I wanted to share my update version of the recipe with you! It’s EVEN EASIER!!! This is the ONE recipe (other than scrambled eggs and slice and bake cookies) that I know by heart. Make them. Tomorrow morning. You’ll be in a good mood all day.
Why is this the easiest muffin recipe ever? For one, it has no baking powder or soda in it – two things I can’t for the life of me remember to put on the grocery list. It’s all mixed in one (ONE!) bowl and uses 2 (or 3) utensils. It is a perfect base for a little creative licenses. It’s amazing. (Now I’m off topic.)
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 c sugar
1 1/2 c cake flour
1/4 tsp salt (or a good pinch)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c pumpkin puree
1 c chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with liners. This recipe yields 12 regular muffins.
(I doubled the recipe in this batch…)
In a bowl large enough to mix everything, whisk the eggs until thoroughly combined and, well, whisked.
Dump in (just keepin’ it real) the oil and sugar and mix with the whisk until combined really well. It usually takes me 50 to 100 strokes to get it homogenized.
Measure and add in the flour, salt and cinnamon. Use a big spoon for the rest of the mixing. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet really well. It will start to feel like a thin cookie dough.
Fold in the pumpkin and then the chocolate chips. It turns into a brownie-like batter. Sometimes I add the pumpkin into the wet and THEN add the dry. Either way. They both work out.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. In my oven, they go from not done to perfect right around the 28 minute mark. Cool a little and then remove from the tin to finish cooling. Or remove and eat. There’s no judging here.
Seriously, friends. With a cup of chai tea in the morning? (Or afternoon? or for dessert?) Blissful. And only one bowl to clean up.
SO, these are also awesome because of all the other things you can put in them. I’ve tried adding in:
– dried cranberries and walnuts
– replacing some of the oil with a splash orange juice and zest
– using dark chocolate chips with walnuts
– dried cherries and orange zest
– replaced the pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie puree
– added in vanilla, nutmeg, etc.
I’ve never tried replacing the oil with applesauce but it sounds amazing – I’ve also thought about using brown sugar or figuring out how to reduce the sugar. If you try or know how to do that, let me know!