Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins & The Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2011

About this time every year I hear whispers of a pumpkin shortage. And sure enough I go to the store and the shelves are empty. This year I haven’t yet heard the rumors. And by the look of my pantry, there’s no pumpkin shortage at my house!

These babies were on clearance last Christmas for 50 cents a can. So, I stocked up, especially since they’re dated 2013. And since they’re in the pantry, just waiting to be cooked up into 24 kinds of deliciousness, I’ve been happy to oblige. Early in the month, I created Pumpkin Spice Scones. Love those!

And last week I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. Yum! Not only do these muffins bake up quickly (even speedily if you’ve got the mix already made), but they also freeze beautifully.

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  1. Charlene says:

    These sound good. I was wondering about the bag of Mix and Match Muffin Mix. What’s the recipe for that? I found your recipe for the Mix and Match Muffins, but I’m not sure what part of that to use for this recipe, or how much of it to use?? Thanks!

  2. Yum…I love pumpkin and I may possibly have one can still in my pantry. I am starting to be completely ready for fall so this recipe sounds great right now!

  3. I always cook up my halloween jack-o-lantern and freeze 1 cup servings in freezer bags. That way I always have stuff for pumpkin bread or pumpkin cookies.

  4. We love pumpkin choc chip muffins at our house too! You may have inspired me to get baking… even though it will be 95+ degrees today (that’s better than the 100+ it was a week ago!) 😉

  5. Instead of canned pumpkin (which I never seem to be able to find as low as you mentioned), I buy lots of sweet potatoes when they are super cheap in Nov/Dec ($.25/lb around here), cook and puree them, then freeze in 2-cup portions for use the rest of the year. I use it interchangably with pumpkin in recipes like this one.

  6. OH MY GOSH these are so good! Pumpkin’s not a staple at my house…but that may change. Thank you for reminding me about the pumpkin/chocolate chip combo!

  7. haha funny, my husband was just asking me what i was going to do with all the pumpkin i stockpiled from last fall in case there was a shortage this year! 🙂

  8. Too funny! I had the almost exact same post a couple of years ago!

    We LOVE pumpkin chocolate chip muffins here!

  9. Um I bought 48 cans of pumpkin last year…like you mine expire in 2013….
    So pumpkin is a staple around here, so yummy. My friend joy just gave me her pumpkin oatmeal choco chip recipe and it’s yummy!

  10. That’s funny, I was looking for pumpkin a few months ago and the shelves were empty. Next shopping trip I’ll have to keep my eyes out.

  11. So funny! In Australia you can’t get ‘canned’ pumpkin in any supermarket. It’s just not available. When I think pumpkin I only think fresh! I wanted to make a pumkin pie last year and had to get canned pumkin from the US Food Store online 🙂

  12. AllieZirkle says:

    So I went ahead and made these today. I think it’s 110* outside. I cannot believe I’m running my oven… Alas, batch baking was needed! I also baked up a triple batch of pancakes and a triple batch of waffles.

    I did increase the recipe by 1.5 to use the entire 15 oz can of pumpkin. This worked well! 36 muffins are in my oven. Oh! And I only had regular chocolate chips, not the mini, and they seem to work just fine. YUM!

    🙂 Allie

  13. I have some pumpkin stored from last year, but how much is one bag of dry mix? 1 cup?

  14. Melissa Graham says:

    Still no pumpkin to be found in NC. I was wondering if sweet potato would do the same. I really hate to try to cook my own pumpkin. LOL.

  15. I use butternut squash when I don’t have pumpkin. I also add a cup of pumpkin to my chili. It gives a little sweet and a little more fiber!

  16. so happy to pin this today on my Muffin board!

  17. A question: the recipe doesn’t state which size of can – we get two sizes in my area, but I’m thinking probably the smaller size. (The big can I have is 28 fl oz).
    Secondly, your “Yield” states 12, but the recipe says 24.
    Looking forward to eating some in about 45 mins 😉

    • Yes on the smaller can. As for the yield, I think it specifies servings. And I would consider 2 muffins a serving since they are fairly small. Sorry for the confusion.

  18. christina says:

    Can I use milk instead of buttermilk?

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