food: dark chocolate pumpkin muffins

this one definitely gets a solid gold star under paleo baking.

i downloaded another paleo cookbook for my ipad, this one was The Primal Blueprint Cookbook

and can i just veer off for a minute to mention how very much i love having cookbooks on my ipad.  it’s awesome and takes us far less space in my bookshelves than regular cookbooks.  i’m not sure i can ever go back to hard copy books.

anyways.  i saw this recipe for Pumpkin Nut Muffins and i thought to myself, yes, i would like to eat that.
the biggest thing about paleo baking is that it takes a lot of eggs.  not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s weird to wrap your head around cooking with 1/2 cup of flour and 6 eggs.  but, it makes for a delicious protein packed muffin that tastes like dessert, but satisfies you like a meal.
so without further ado, here’s the recipe as i made it… and since i doubled the chocolate chips, they make the title now.

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cooked pureed pumpkin
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tbsp of coconut oil or melted butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey (i used honey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup good quality dark chocolate chips

Makes 12 muffins

  1. preheat oven to 400.  grease muffin tins well.  i used a circle of parchment at the bottom to help them remove easier as well.  it worked excellently.
  2. sift to combine dry ingredients; flour, baking soda spices & salt in a separate bowl
  3. beat pumpkin puree and add eggs one at a time until well blended.  add vanilla, honey and melted butter/coconut oil.  mix thoroughly.
  4. add dry ingredients to wet and stir until no lumps remain.  add nuts & chocolate chips
  5. spoon into muffin tins and made for 18 minutes or so (mine were done at 15 mins)



the end result was far less pumpkin-y than i imagined, but really really good.  not crumbly like my paleo brownies were, but a perfect balance of dense and fluffy.  great texture overall.

they were best right out of the oven (what isn’t?) but i just microwaved a leftover one for a snack and it was still great.
even my super skeptical, pumpkin heating husband scarfed one down in short time and declared them tasty.

this made for a nice weekend treat and will make a great breakfast for work over the next few days or afternoon snack.
now that i know the recipe is a winner, i’ll make a double batch next time and freeze some for quick reheats later.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jen As Herself
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 19:05:08

    Oh god, these look and sound delicious. And I love Mark Sisson. In case you haven’t checked it out, his entire blog – Mark’s Daily Apple – is amazing.


  2. Scarlet Panias
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 22:01:33

    Even I was thinking of covering the same topic but I guess you posted this nice article before me.. lol 🙂


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