Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins — These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are essentially baked oatmeal bites with the perfect amount of pumpkin spice!! They’re the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack!!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oatmeal 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.

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.

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.

The pumpkin flavor in these oatmeal chocolate chip muffins 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.

These pumpkin chocolate chip 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.

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 oatmeal muffins are pretty darn healthy. But you’d never guess it.

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

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins on white platter

What’s in Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins? 

For these pumpkin oatmeal muffins, you’ll need: 

  • Egg
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Light brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Canola oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Salt
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Baking powder
  • Chocolate chips

chocolate chip pumpkin oatmeal muffins

How to Make Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These pumpkin oatmeal muffin cups couldn’t be any easier to make! Simply stir together all the ingredients and divide the batter amount greased muffin cups. Bake until the muffins are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins will need to cool for at least 20 minutes before you’ll be able to safely remove them from the muffin pan. 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.

oatmeal chocolate chip muffins with pumpkin on white platter

Can I Use Instant Oats Instead of Old-Fashioned? 

No, you must use old-fashioned (rolled) oats in these oatmeal chocolate chip muffins. Instant oats aren’t the right texture and will likely dry out these muffins. 

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

Can I Freeze Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins? 

Yes, these muffins freeze so well. To freeze these, first let them cool completely before sealing them inside a freezer bag. When you’re ready to eat the frozen muffins, set them on your counter overnight to thaw. 

Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins — These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are essentially baked oatmeal bites with the perfect amount of pumpkin spice!! They're the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack!!

Tips for Making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

It’s really important that you use pumpkin puree for these muffins and NOT canned pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling is pre-sweetened and will throw off the flavor of these muffins. 

If you don’t have unsweetened vanilla almond milk on hand, you can use another milk. Any milk will work, but make sure whatever you’re using is unsweetened. 

Lastly, feel free to play around with the spices and add more or less depending on your preferences. I used pumpkin pie spice here, but you could use a mixture of ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins — These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are essentially baked oatmeal bites with the perfect amount of pumpkin spice!! They're the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack!!

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Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

By Averie Sunshine
These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are essentially baked oatmeal bites. They're the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes
Servings: 11 muffins
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Ingredients  

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, or your favorite milk
  • cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup maple or pancake sryup, I used sugar-free lite pancake syrup
  • ¼ 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
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, mini recommended, but regular-sized chips may be substituted

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • To a large bowl, add the first 9 ingredients (through optional salt), and whisk to combine.
  • Add the oats, baking powder, and stir to combine.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 308kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 134mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Pumpkin Waffles — The waffles are brimming with pumpkin flavor between the entire can of pumpkin puree and the pumpkin pie spice.

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Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins — The muffins are soft, moist, fluffy yet pleasantly dense, and packed with fall spices.

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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Originally posted November 2014. Reposted October 2019 with updated text.

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  1. 2 stars
    I followed the recipe except used coconut oil and left them to cool and they still fell apart. I had to give them to my granddaughter with a spoon. I am so sad because she liked them but they fell apart. Would not make these again

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe! :)) I didn’t have all the “right” ingredients on-hand so I substituted quick oats and white organic sugar, plus added 2 tsp molasses. For the chips I pounded dark chocolate coconut bark into 1 cup’s worth of “chips.” And added water to the empty muffin cup during baking. The muffins turned out fantastic, not dry at all, and were easy to to remove from the tin! Very tasty!!

  3. 5 stars
    Great recipe! :)) I didn’t have all the “right” ingredients on-hand so I substituted quick oats and white organic sugar, plus added 2 tsp molasses. For the chips I pounded dark chocolate coconut bark into 1 cup’s worth of “chips.” And added water to the empty muffin cup during baking. The muffins turned out fantastic, not dry at all, and were easy to to remove from the tin! Very tasty!!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you were able to make some subs and that they turned out very tasty!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these following the recipe except I used Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener instead of brown sugar. They were moist and tasty.

  5. 5 stars
    I made these following the recipe except I used Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener instead of brown sugar. They were moist and tasty.

  6. Excellent outcome! However, I would highly recommend reducing the oats to only 2 cups, otherwise there is just way too much oatmeal and they become dry! Also, for a healthier version I used only 2 tbsp of oil-I used coconut oil and only 1 tablespoon of syrup, which was Canadian maple syrup(much more flavour). Furthermore, I increased the amount of pumpkin by 2 tablespoons. I also added Chia seeds. Excellent recipe, and will definitely make it again!

  7. 5 stars
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this recipe, my daughter is gluten intolerant and most gluten-free baked goods doesn’t taste as good. My children can’t get enough they’ll eat the whole batch if I don’t watch out. And to top that it is the easiest and quickest recipe ever. Thank you so much I am looking forward to try some of your other recipes.

  8. I love these muffins and make them all the time! I just realized while making a double batch that I bought quick oats by mistake… will these turn out if I use quick oats?

  9. 5 stars
    I just baked the pumpkin chocolate chip oatmeal muffins and they are fabulous! Now I want to try all of your recipes!

    Maureen