Saturday, October 6, 2012

chocolate chip pumpkin muffins

i have decided that self-checkout is a scam.

does anyone else feel this way??
you have maybe 10 items in your basket,
and all the other lines are really long,
so you think - oh, i'll just breeze right through self-checkout.


there are always errors. 
and then you inevitably have to look up some item
because the bar code isn't scanning.
and then one of the clerks has to come and help you.

it's a ploy!

i'm sticking with a clerk unless i literally have one item
and it's a pack of gum :)

recipe via bright eyed baker

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon all spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup yogurt (I used greek)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup chocolate chips, plus more for muffin tops 
(you can use any kind you like)
*i increased this to 1 cup*


1. preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease or line a standard 12-cup muffin tin.

2. in a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose 
and whole wheat flours, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, all spice, 
baking powder, baking soda, and salt to evenly combine.

3. beat the eggs with the brown sugar on medium speed, 
for about 30 seconds, until smooth. add yogurt, oil, pumpkin puree, 
and vanilla extract and beat into the mixture until smooth. 
add dry ingredients to wet and mix in at lowest speed just until evenly incorporated.
fold in 3/4 cup chocolate chips with a spatula.

4. divide the muffin batter between the 12 muffin cups. 
top each muffin with about 5 chocolate chips,
placed strategically around the top surface, pointed-tip up. 

5. place muffins into oven, reducing temperature 
to 350 degrees once inserted, and bake for about 25 minutes. 
test muffins with a toothpick, making sure it comes out free of batter. 

6. enjoy warm, or reheat in the microwave.

these were delightful.
the chocolate added an element of sweetness,
but it wasn't overpowering.
perfect for breakfast, dessert or a snack in between :)

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