Maggie Monday: Pumpkin and Chocolate

I don’t think that pumpkin is paired with chocolate quite enough. A white cream, yes. But hardly ever with chocolate. Maggie rectifies this with the following…

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me, and I was hooked. It is from Cooking Light magazine December 2004. She said she and her daughters made it in loaves the first couple of times, but then started making it in muffin tins because they couldn’t wait 75 minutes for the loaves to bake. Face it- muffins are just more efficient in every way! Portable, portion control, faster bake time and easier clean up! Yes please!

The fact that this recipe came from Cooking Light is a bit puzzling to me. I am not convinced that fat-free pudding and omitting the egg yolks make up for all the sugar and oil! (save the yolks! Recipe for Lemon Curd coming soon!) However the pumpkin and vanilla pudding makes this really tender and moist. You’ll bake this more than once!


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread/Muffins

What you need: 

2 cups sugar

2 cups canned pumpkin

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup fat-free vanilla pudding-prepared

4 large egg whites

3 cups flour

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine flour,baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl, whisk to combine. Add flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, stirring until just moist. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into 2 (8x4inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 1 hour & 15 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans then remove to a wire rack.

For muffins: line some muffin pans, fill 3/4 of the way with batter. Bake 350 for 20 minutes. (usually makes 28-30 muffins).

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Categories: Baking, Chocolate, Dessert, Guest-Maggie, kosher, snack, Vegetable2, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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5 Comments on “Maggie Monday: Pumpkin and Chocolate”

  1. December 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Well those look absolutely mouth watering! This just might be my fave combination in the whole world. YUM!


  2. December 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I really want to bake this now! Is December too late for me to do any pumpkin food blogging?


    • Maggie
      December 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      It is never too late for pumpkin! We have a local ice cream place that make the most amazing Pumpkin Ice cream. They’ve finally started making it periodically throughout the year instead of just between October and November. Yay! If you are ever in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia check out Kline’s Dairy Bar.
      Sooooo good!


  3. December 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Hmmm, looks really good. May have to try this out with the baking I do later this week and over the weekend.


  4. December 18, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Love chocolate and pumpkin, so what a great combo idea – looks delicieux!


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