Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Love the idea of a nice big bowl of oatmeal but it’s just not practical for busy mornings?

I can relate. I’ve got you covered with these soft, chewy, texture-filled muffins.

Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins - Like having a bowl of warm pumpkin oatmeal in portable muffin form!! Fast and easy!

They’re like having a warm and hearty oatmeal, but in portable muffin form. Make a double batch and freeze half for grab-and-go breakfasts or snacks. So easy.

The batter is some of easiest and least fussy ever. Whisk together nine ingredients at once in one bowl including pumpkin, brown sugar, maple, and Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. It only has 30-calorie per 8 ounces, tastes great, and if I need a milk for baking, vegan or otherwise, it’s what I use most often.

Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins - Like having a bowl of warm pumpkin oatmeal in portable muffin form!! Fast and easy!

I’ve used it in Pumpkin French Toast, Pumpkin Pancakes, Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins, Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes, Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cake, Soft and Fluffy Strawberry Banana Cake, Thick and Fudgy Peanut Butter Smoothies, Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Fluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins, 50-Calorie Copycat Skinny Caramel Frappuccinos and so many more.

All Silk products are dairy-free and gluten-free and I like that Silk is committed to and believes in the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins - Like having a bowl of warm pumpkin oatmeal in portable muffin form!! Fast and easy!

The pumpkin flavor is quite subtle. It adds a homey quality but really serves to add welcome moisture. Dry oatmeal muffins are far too common, but you have nothing to worry about here. Make either Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins or Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins if you want more pumpkiny muffins.

The muffins are naturally gluten-free (use certified GF oats if needed) and there’s only 1/3 cup brown sugar for the entire batch. I used sugar-free pancake syrup to keep the amount of added sugar even lower.

Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins - Like having a bowl of warm pumpkin oatmeal in portable muffin form!! Fast and easy!

I couldn’t resist adding chocolate chips. They really add a special boost so you don’t feel like you’re eating health food even though the muffins are pretty darn healthy. But you’d never guess it.

Our new favorite way to eat oatmeal. And it’s never too late (or early) for a pumpkin recipe.

Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins - Like having a bowl of warm pumpkin oatmeal in portable muffin form!! Fast and easy!

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Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

The muffins are like having a warm and hearty oatmeal, but in portable form. Make a double batch and freeze half for grab-and-go breakfasts or snacks. The pumpkin is subtle and adds a homey quality but really serves to add welcome moisture to combat dry oatmeal muffins. The muffins are naturally gluten-free (use certified GF oats if needed) and there’s only 1/3 cup brown sugar for the entire batch. I used sugar-free pancake syrup to keep the amount of added sugar even lower. The chocolate chips add a special boost so you don’t feel like you’re eating health food even though the muffins are pretty darn healthy, but you’d never guess it. They'll be your new favorite way to eat oatmeal.

Yield: 11 medium muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 23 minutes

Total Time: about 45 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

1 large egg
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or your favorite milk)
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup maple or pancake sryup (I used sugar-free lite pancake syrup)
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
pinch salt, optional and to taste
3 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (do not use quick-cook or instant)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (mini recommended, but regular-sized chips may be substituted)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a Non-Stick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan in 11 of the cavities (I don't prefer the cosmetic look of paper liners and they may stick); set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the first 9 ingredients (through optional salt), and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the oats, baking powder, and stir to combine.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop or 1/4-cup measure, evenly distribute the batter into 11 of the cavities (don't use all 12, muffins will be too skimpy). Each cavity should be nearly full since muffins don't rise much.
  6. Bake for about 23 minutes, or until tops are set both visually and when touched lightly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling, but no batter (toothpick test is tricky because you'll likely hit chocolate patches). Don't overbake because muffins will be prone to drying out. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 20 minutes before removing and placing on a rack to cool completely. Don't rush the cooling process and attempt to remove muffins from pan too soon because they'll be prone to breaking. It's much easier to remove them when cooled completely. Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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84 comments

  1. These look so delicious. I love a good grab and go muffin for busy mornings!

  2. These look so good! I like how many oats you have packed in – delicious and keep us full! Can’t wait to try these out.

  3. These are a perfect portable breakfast or snack. During the holidays it’s good to have a healthy go to.

  4. Holy crap–trying these immediately! <3 can't go wrong with oats, pumpkin, and chocolate!

    xo

  5. Wow. I’m loving how low in sugar these are! And I’m glad you couldn’t resist the chocolate chips. They always add a little more fun!

  6. I loved your oatmeal CC cookies so much and am thrilled to see these!! The recipe looks so healthy and so packed with oats. I have a couple of days off–may need to whip up a batch. I really think Jon would like these–he generally doesn’t want anything too sweet in the am and I could always leave the chips out of half the batter for him (and cram them into the other half for me)!

    • And they’re not really a super sweet thing, even with the chips, but if he’s a purist, well, just more for you that way :)

      Remember how I told you you were psychic almost sometimes with the recipes I’m making…well I just got done making a twist on the oatmeal cookies because I loved those things so much! But it won’t hit for a long time because I have all these holiday recipes now I have to post!

    • Anxious to see what that twist is–so many possibilities!!

    • It’s about -1 degrees with wind chill here today–perfect weather for baking these hearty muffins (and eating them on the couch while catching up on some recorded shows–I’m having a relaxing day off)! There is just enough sweetness to take the edge off the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice is just right. I put chips in half and dried cranberries in the other half for Jon (his usual oatmeal add-in). They’re great both ways!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe the very day after I posted it, Paula. Brrr, stay warm! Ugh, that’s just awful weather!

      Glad you found the sweetness and pumpkin spice just right – and doing half a batch with chips and half with cranberries, great thinking :) Glad you guys liked them!

  7. Of course it’s not too late for pumpkin! I think pumpkin recipes should go all the way until New Years. These look so good! Can’t wait to try!

  8. Totally my kind of muffins! Hope you had a great weekend ~ can’t believe it’s Monday ;) Pinned!

    • Girl. Weekend? What’s that….oh yes, cooking/precooking/baking/blogging/answering questions :) It went by in a blur! Thanks for pinning and I wish you THE BEST on the contest!

  9. I eat oatmeal EVERYDAY, and lately have been obsessed with putting pumpkin in it! I love that I can have the same flavour, but bring it on on the go with me. Sometimes it;s hard to eat a bowl of oats while driving and running errands ;) Pinned!

  10. Breakfast to go! I love this concept and it’s perfect to make ahead for busy mornings.

  11. I need these in my life right now! This would have been a perfect and much tastier breakfast this morning then what I did have.

  12. Love the idea of portable oatmeal! After reading your book, I didn’t think it was possible for you to come up with another pumpkin recipe, but you always amaze me with your never-ending ideas:) Will definitely be giving this one a try!

    • I didn’t think it was possible for you to come up with another pumpkin recipe <--- and if you asked me in 2012-13 I would have said the same thing after writing my pumpkin cookbook. But ultimately things came to me :)

  13. I love making muffins that are easy to grab ‘n go, and also healthy! These pumpkin chocolate chip ones look incredible, Averie! I love how the sugar content isn’t high either. Sounds like the perfect breakfast!

  14. These look like giant oatmeal cookies, packed with flavor! Loving these muffins! Pinned!

  15. maybe this has already been asked…do you think a blend of oatmeal and almond flour work to lower the carb count? If so, what proportions?

    Thanks! These look delicious.

    • Almond flour has no gluten and oats have very little/none depending on what type are used. By eliminating the flour you’re eliminating the gluten (and replacing it with a very heavy nut-based flour). So….you will have a very heavy, dense muffin with higher overall fat (thanks to the almond flour) but less carbs. Your choice :)

  16. I was just thinking Jordan needed a better breakfast than Honey Nut Cheerios. This might be it – and an oatmeal she’d eat (me too!) Pinned!

    • Thanks for pinning and breakfasts here are SUCH a hodgepodge. Yesterday’s avocado salad blog recipe before all the avos turn brown? Sure. Pumpkin muffins that were made when it was 90F and we were having a heat wave? Sure. So random, always!

  17. I have recently fallen in love with the pumpkin + chocolate combo and it’s not going anywhere soon! These look absolutely to-die for.

  18. Your pumpkin recipes have me swooning each and every time. You’re killing me, Averie!

  19. what can I use to substitute the pumpkin purée for the muffin recipe?

  20. Now I’m hungry. These look great. Of course anything with pumpkin in it I can’t resist.

  21. The photo shot with the muffin cut in half won me over. Like they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words. This is a prime example. Delish!!!!!

  22. These look amazing, breakfast in the form of a muffin is always good! I love the use of pumpkin and these cute mini chocolate chips! Pinned!

  23. these look like THE perfect breakfast! love!

  24. This is my kind of breakfast…these muffins look delicious, Averie!

  25. These are perfect for people that love to meal prep like I do!

  26. These muffins look unbelievable!!

  27. My mornings have been so busy recently with Holiday preparations going on at the mall. I need to make a batch of these! Would be much better than my emergency almond butter (which I eat by the spoonful).

  28. These muffins. Amazing! Perfect for those mornings when I don’t want to get out of bed because it’s 7 degrees, but then I have to because I’m running super late for work (umm, like this morning). I would get out of bed earlier for these though, especially if they were already baked and all I needed to do was heat them up a tad.

    • Eeekkkk 7F and running late. I grew up in MN and then Chicago and what you just described was me from ages 0 to 24 until I left for warm weather and beaches :) Although, I’m still always late! lol

  29. Love muffins, love oatmeal, put them together and I’m cloud number 9. Love it!

  30. I am not ashamed to say I have taken a mug full of oatmeal with me on the car ride to work once or twice before–but this is definitely more portable and looks delicious to boot!

  31. Made these last night and they are fantastic!! They are really filling and satisfying for breakfast with a glass of almond milk… mmmm so yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks for trying them the same day I posted them, Becca, and glad you’re pleased! And yes, nice and filling and hearty I thought too!

    • Of course.. no problem!! Most times I can’t visit your site without making something almost immediately. It’s a domino effect. hahah I am going to make a ton of these this weekend and freeze them. I like them in muffin form, but I also like them microwaved with milk and broken down with a spoon (just like real oatmeal). What a treat.. these are amazing!! You rock girl!

    • Awww, thanks!! And happy baking this weekend!

  32. THIS is how you do oats. Big, soft, pumpkin spice chocolate chip muffins – it can’t get any better!

  33. These look delicious! Would love to incorporate a banana……think I could decrease the oil a bit if I do?

  34. I don’t like oatmeal at all, so these muffins are perfect for me. Instead of chocolate chips, I used cacao nibs and a cup of raisins resulting in a delicious breakfast with health benefits! Thank you.

  35. These are wonderful, e en better day two and three if kept in an airtight container or in a Baggie as I did.  Have become a real favorite.   I’d really like to know how many calories though as I am tracking with Fitbit to lose weight.  Anyone know how many calories? 

  36. Can you use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil? same amount?

  37. First these taste great but they totally did not bake well. I had more than enough to fill 12 cups but after 30 minutes they are still raw inside. My oven temp is correct according to thermometer. I checked the recipe several times to make sure there was no flour in case that was the issue. Anyone else have trouble getting them to bake?

    • There’s no flour in the recipe, that’s correct. Muffin pans to vary in size and maybe yours is a bit smaller than mine. I linked to the one I use. That aside, ovens, climates, the amount of moisture in the pumpkin puree, the type of oats used, etc. can all effect baking time. I use Quaker Old Fashioned Whole Rolled Oats and Libby’s pumpkin puree. The oats absorb the moisture from the pumpkin and it sounds like your batter is much wetter than mine. I suggest continuing to bake until they’re done, however long that takes. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  38. This look amazing and just the type of recipe I need because I bought a large container of Old Fashioned Oats by mistake. Usually I buy the Quick Oats, but it’s no big deal. All I have to do is microwave it longer for oatmeal, as well as, bake these!

  39. These have quickly become a family favorite! I just made our 3rd batch in 6 weeks and 2 of those were double batches. I used coconut oil instead of vegetable to up the health factor a bit. Quick, easy, and so good!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you as a double batch (a few times!) and that it’s a new family fave! I love baking with coconut oil too and the flavor of coconut + pumpkin is heavenly!

  40. Hi Averie! I was just about to make these, but am now realizing that I am out of brown sugar. I am wondering if regular sugar is okay for a substitute?

    • Do you have molasses? Generally about 1 tbsp molasses to 1 cup white sugar will is what brown sugar is. You’re probably fine with just using white sugar but the flavor won’t be quite the same and the batter texture will change. I say go get some brown sugar or DIY :)

  41. The first oatmeal to go pumpkin chocolate chip recipe looks great, but I am on Weight Watchers and would like to have the nutritional values for this recipe. All your recipes look delicious, but lack the information that I need to be compliant with WW. Thank you!

  42. The oatmeal to go pumpkin chocolate chip muffins look delicious but I am on Weight Watchers and need the nutritional information for the recipe. Your other recipes look equally good, but I need to know the calorie count, saturated fat amount, sugar, and protein amounts for each serving, before I can make them. Thanks so much!

  43. How many calories per muffin?

    Thanks,Karen

  44. For people counting calories-I did the math and they are around 230 calories per muffin

  45. These are a staple in my breakfasts. They freeze and reheat great!  During the holidays this year, I found julienne dried cranberries that I used for cranberry bread. I decided to use some of the leftover berries in these muffins. So instead of chocolate chips (which I love!), I used about 1/2 c dried cranberries and 1/2 c chopped walnuts.  They are AMAZING!  I may like them better than the chocolate chips and I  am a chocolate fiend! Wanted to share here in case someone was looking for a variation.

  46. Has anyone tried this without the brown sugar? Or without the maple syrup? They are very good as is but they are 11 weight watchers smart points each

    • You could possibly try the Splenda version of brown sugar and use sugar-free maple syrup. That would probably cut the points down quite a bit. That seems awfully high for a small muffin but I’m not sure how the rating system works. I think in the comments awhile ago someone did break down the nutritional info if you want to scroll through.

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