Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins {with Cinnamon-Sugar Topping}

by Chrissy

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These little chocolaty pumpkin mini-muffin morsels are the perfect treat to feast on during the Fall season.

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They are healthy little bites, rolled in a thin blanket of sugar and cinnamon. If you’d like to make them less sweet and more breakfast-like, you can surely eat them without the butter/sugar topping…

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But, I believe in balance, and a little sweet topping won’t kill ya. Unless you eat the whole batch, which is possible once you get a taste :).

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I love baking mini-muffins. They are so versatile and easy to share with others. Sometimes you just want a little bite of something, rather than committing to the whole thing. Or, unfortunately, I’ve found that some people get easily offended when you bring homemade treats to share. Don’t ask HOW it makes sense that it is possible to offend a person by bringing baked things that are made with love, but apparently it totally is possible.

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There will always be those people that make every.single.thing about themselves. Well, I learned at a young age that “sharing is caring”, and I continue to learn how to serve others with selflessness and love…and sometimes homemade treats. So, I’ll choose to disregard the comments from those who wish to bring others down. Because no, I’m actually not trying to throw off your diet, or cancel your hard work out earlier in the day, or make you fat. It’s called self-control. Check yo’ self.

Puh-lease. I’m just sharing some love, tasty bites, and fun memories while gathering around the table.

So, all that to say, I’ve found that smaller treats to share are best. They go further, spreading smiles on more faces and satiating more appetites. And they don’t make a big dent on one’s diet. It’s a win-win for all!

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Friends, it’s November and the time of Thanksgiving is near. Take this time to reflect on what you are thankful for, and the many blessings that surround your life. Cherish and love others and find out what you can make, bake or create to give to others out of the abundance with which you have been given.


Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins {with Cinnamon-Sugar Topping}

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Makes about 30-32 mini muffins


1 and ¼ cup white-whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened

1 1/2 tsps baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp nutmeg

3 Tbsps applesauce, unsweetened

2 Tbsps canola oil

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract

3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1/2 cup milk or preferred milk substitute

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

2-3 Tbsps unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup white sugar

1 1/2 Tbsps ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350F. Spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray or fill with mini muffin paper liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg; set aside. In the bowl of the stand mixer, combine canola oil, applesauce, dark brown sugar.  Add the egg and stir for about 1 minute, on medium speed. Add the vanilla, pumpkin puree, and milk and mix to combine. Gradually add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Using a small spoon or small cookie scoop (we use a 1 1/2 Tbsp cookie scoop), spoon the batter into the mini muffin tins, about 2/3 way full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Meanwhile, to make the coating, combining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.In a separate small bowl, melt the butter. Once the muffins are nearly cooled, dip the top into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar.

Muffins are best enjoyed within 1-2 days but will keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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One Comment to “Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins {with Cinnamon-Sugar Topping}”

  1. Hellooo breakfast! This is my very favorite time of year. For the food, the family, and the extra opportunity to feel grateful for everything in life!