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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Since we moved to Taiwan, I have been trying to recreate some of my baked goods with a little less sugar to be more appealing to the local preferences. A few days ago, I revamped a fall favorite recipe that I love from Internecipes for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins to serve at a party for my son and several of his new Taiwanese friends. In addition to cutting down the sugar content, I cut out some of the oil as well, and I was quite happy with the results. These mini muffins did not seem unsweetened at all and I loved baking them in my one and only ridiculously over-priced flexible mini muffin tray by Demarle at Home, because they popped right out almost immediately from the oven, in perfect form.

Enjoy the recipe!
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix everything together in a large bowl until well blended then scoop them into a mini muffin pan.o pan. Since I use a silicone pan that nothing sticks to, I don't need non-stick spray or paper liners.  I fill each mini muffin cup by using a medium stainless scoop (heaping scoops).  Bake for 20 minutes.  After they've cooled slightly, they will easily pop out of the muffin tray.  This recipe will make about 60 mini muffins.

Just before I was going to add this recipe to my blog, I saw another version that looks really good on My Kitchen Cafe blog. You've got to check out her blog for some amazing recipes, pictures and cooking tutorials.

I took this next picture at a local grocery store and it has absolutely nothing to do with this recipe, but I wanted to post it anyway. This is a wall of soy sauce! Who would have thought there would be this many options for soy sauce? You should see the rice aisle if you think this is impressive. I love Taiwan.

Oh, by the way, the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins were a big hit at the party. Now if only I could track down more canned pumpkin, I'll be thrilled. I only brought two cans with me from the US, and am saving the last can for Thanksgiving. I hope I can come across canned pumpkin here soon or my suitcase will be filled with it the next time I come back from overseas.


Bobbi said…
Our German friends are not as into sugary tasting things, either. We Americans consume too much of it, for sure. Thanks for the revised recipe. Christopher looks so handsome in the picture from your Christopher Appreciation Day post! The parties sound like fun. You are such a great hostess, even without a common language to cummunicate. Nice job!
Casa de Mask said…
Yummy recipe...I'll have to give it a try! :-)

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