Gluten Free Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

GF Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

GF Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins, Photo by Kate Chan

Last week I couldn’t get enough pumpkin…. or chocolate… or sleep.  But that last one is definitely not worth blogging about (unless any of you have tips on easing a toddler out of nightmares or getting a baby to sleep longer than 6 hours a night – my ears are open!).

The Chicklet and her little sis The Peanut are definitely getting into more of a routine around here.  It’s often synchronous.  But the moments of synchronicity do not involve ones that are easy for Momma.  Other functions of theirs (those that would make Momma’s life easier) are out of whack.  For example: bodily functions/needs?  Synchronous.  Sleep?  Not so much.  Sometimes these asynchronous moments are the best of the best moments of the day, however.  I get time with each of them without the other feeling slighted or in need of attention when I can’t give it.  But mostly, it just keeps me busy, busy, busy, busy….. you get the picture.  I am fearful of the sheer exhaustion I am bound to feel when I return to work in a couple of weeks.  It makes me sad just to think about losing time with my girls and never getting these moments back.  But I have to work.  That’s just the way it is.  After all, diapers, wipes, and formula are not funded by the trees in my backyard.  No matter how hard I might wish that were true.

So, instead of being an Eeyore, the girls and I are seizing upon the time given and running with it.  This means that Zo and I are often in the kitchen creating something new (oh man – we’ve been on a roll lately too!) or in the living room creating new sensory experiences of my little wet-dirty-messy-phobic girl.  (Something tells me my mom never had to encourage me to get messy, by the way.)

Zoe has a new found love of pumpkins.  She points them out to me everywhere we go (much like a broken record until you acknowledge the appearance of yet another pumpkin).  Gosh, I’m glad it’s Halloween the season for pumpkins around here.  We are able to spot find them  at every intersection, store, package, flyer in the mail, and crack in the cement.  (I bet you don’t have a pumpkin-shaped crack in your driveway, do you?  I didn’t know we had one until the other day.  To be sure, I’m not certain we DO have one… but Zoe insists that it is out there…. somewhere.)

The other day, we made those delicious pumpkin pancakes because of her obsession with both pumpkins and the book.  The reason why I even had pumpkin (canned at the time, until she ate her way through that with pancakes, muffins, and yogurt-pumpkin smoothies) was because she spotted it at the grocery store

Cute grocery cart

Photo by MississippiMom on Flickr

Since she has been requesting to ride in the “special carts” at the grocery store, she has eye-level access to A LOT of things.  Thankfully, we skip a ton of the crap-filled gluten-filled aisles and hit the main drags and produce sections most often.  Truthfully, I hate these grocery carts.  It feels much like you are pushing a small bus without any turn radius down the aisle.  We used to indulge Zo when we would go out with these rides every once in a while.  She loves them.  But once Rory came along, there was no other option if I am alone.

Sometimes I carry Rory in a Beco baby carrier but sometimes…. it’s just too much.  I can’t bend over and get things off the bottom shelves very well with her in the carrier, so it’s not always the best option.  Putting the car seat on top of the traditional seat in the cart and Zo in the front of this thing makes seeing where I’m going nearly impossible.  Case in point:  two days ago I apparently pushed an orange caution cone about 50 yards before someone pointed it out to me.  Nice.  Zoe’s new job?  Advise mom BEFORE she hits something rather than sit in the Screamer-pose traumatized by the cone for 50 yards AFTER she hits something.  (Ooops.)

After that, we turned that freakishly giant cart around and Momma picked up two little sugar pumpkins to make some pumpkin fries (both savory and another bunch of sweet ones) for the babe.  Those were delicious too.  (That post will have to wait for another day.)  But the recipe we enjoyed that afternoon were these Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins.  OH, delightful!  They have just enough chocolate to let me ease my way out of guilty-Momma from the morning’s trauma (not the only one, mind you… she did get knocked down after walking in to a swinging door… and I couldn’t get to her in time).  BUT, it also has some decent whole grains and pumpkin to boot – so I don’t add to my guilt to think I’m serving complete junk to my babe.

Oh!  I am rambling today!  You didn’t come here for my ramble.  Just the recipe, right?  K… moving on then.  Here’s the recipe.  Do let me know how you like them!

Gluten Free Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
Makes 12 standard muffins

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 – 1/2 cup of milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup GF flour mix
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks
1/3 cup cocoa nibs


  1. Preheat your over to 375F.
  2. Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar.  Add pumpkin and mix again.
  3. Add eggs and 1/3 cup of milk.  Mix again.  (Reserve the remaining milk for the end, if you need it at all.)
  4. Add vanilla, cinnamon, salt, GF flour mix, baking powder and cocoa powder.  Mix again.
  5. Check your consistency.  If  it is thin (like cake batter) DON’T add the extra milk.  If it is thicker than a regular muffin batter, add the remaining milk.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chunks and cocoa nibs.
  7. Fill muffin cups 2/3 of the way.
  8. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until completely baked through and set.  (A toothpick test should only have ooey-gooey chocolate from the melted chunks, not batter goo if they are done.)  Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 – 10 minutes before eating.

Try NOT to eat them all in the same day.  We barely managed to do that.  (Thank goodness!)

Happy GF Chocolate AND Pumpkin Joy from our house to yours!


  1. Oh my goodness. These things look AMAZING. Can’t wait to pick up some pumpkin and chocolate and try these out!

  2. I am so making these this weekend!!! I have been dying for chocolate and pumpkin and these babies sound perfect. Thank you and please feel free to “ramble” anytime – I love it!

  3. Hi there! Wow, I can sure relate to your feelings pushing wee ones around the grocery store, and my *youngest* is now married! You would think that by now, I would have forgotten about that part of my life. Don’t worry, this too shall pass and after a while, your children will *help* you find things at the grocery store! Eventually, I gave each of my children their own assigned things to find and we got done at the grocery store lickity split!

    I just have one question about these very scrummy looking muffins: what are cocoa nibs? Anything like chocolate chips?

    • Hi Kathy – Thanks for your kind comments… and grocery shopping is DEFINITELY something that has to meet 1 of three criteria for me: tag teaming with my husband, highly caffeinated me (or a pit-stop at Starbucks as we go in) if I am alone or a solo/duo (one kid only per adult) trip. LOL I can’t wait until Z can help. Today we left a store with size 6/7 BOYS BOXERS in my bag. I didn’t notice, of course, until we were changing diapers in the bathrooms….and I leaned over to see the boxers. Good grief. back to the store for the return. Even the salesperson was chuckling. 🙂

      As far as cocoa nibs go, they are toasted bits of the cocoa bean/pod. They add a slight crunch and cocoa goodness to a cookie. I buy them in the market near the spices/baking items. They are easier to find online sometimes too. If you can’t find them, just add some bittersweet chips and use semi-sweet chunks for the other chocolate. 🙂

      Hope that helps!

      • I will see if I can get “cocoa nibs” somewhere around here. In the mean time I made the recipe and just used semi-sweet chips and skipped the nibs. See how impatient I am? The muffins came out great! I served them to my daughter and son in law and they said, “Mmm” too! Then I took the few I had leftover and froze them individually wrapped. What a treat!

  4. I was wondering about chocolate nibs too! And ramble away….love to read your stories! These muffins sound delicious!!

    • Hi Sue!

      Here’s what I just jotted up for Kathy. Hope you don’t mind the cut/paste!

      As far as cocoa nibs go, they are toasted bits of the cocoa bean/pod. They add a slight crunch and cocoa goodness to a cookie. I buy them in the market near the spices/baking items. They are easier to find online sometimes too. If you can’t find them, just add some bittersweet chips and use semi-sweet chunks for the other chocolate.

      Hope that helps!

      =) Happy baking!

  5. These look delicious! But I miss photos of your little ones! 🙂

    I am considering getting the Beco Butterfly II, too! It looks less bulky than the ergo…I’m kinda small. If you have any comments/recommendations about the Beco, I’m all ears!

  6. I couldn’t help (!?) but comment on this. I used to use a baby backpack, similar to this:

    and I thought it was wonderful. It made it so that when the baby would fall asleep back there, I could slip out of the pack and leave them in there asleep. Of course, you couldn’t do that at a store…

  7. nyam nyam delicio ferede

  8. This comment isn’t about the muffins but is about something you mentioned in your post. For the little one… get some relaxing hydrosol like Neroli or Chamomile and make a label for it saying Nightmares Away or Monsters Away and use it to calm the little one. The relaxing hydrosol will help to calm them, and it can be their special bottle. Let them help make the label and if they’re big enough they can spray it or have you help (with supervision of course). I hope you find this helpful!

  9. Oh my! These muffins look decadent – I like the idea of cream cheese, pumpkin, and chocolate thrown all in one. Cocoa nibs are also an excellent choice, my family and I would sprinkle them over our pancakes with applesauce and coconut cream sometimes. Delish!

  10. A friend gave me a Costco-sized bag of Bob’s Red Mill GF flour mix. Would that work for these muffins? They look absolutely delish and I want to make them ASAP. Thanks!

  11. Mmmmmm, gonna have to give these a try. My middle daughter w/ celiac loves pumpkin and these sound like just the thing to make up for other decadent things she misses. Maybe I’ll have her take some to school to share w/ her friends at lunch. I hated those barge-like carts………. actually had an older man shake his head in disgust as we were trying to manuever a corner (thanks for the help, buddy!). I used a backpack a lot too when my 2 younger ones were 18 mos. apart but it sure is nice to have grocery shopping be less stressful now! They don’t want to go to the store, just text me lists of what they want! Sigh……. teenagers 🙂

  12. I just got done making these and then making them again (my kids loved them so much I had to make another batch for lunches). I omitted the cream cheese (dairy) and used Earth Balance soy free “butter”, also used rice milk….they were delicious!! Honestly, they tasted better than Udi’s Chocolate Muffin. Thank you for the recipe.

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