Funny story...about how I started baking all-the-things pumpkin WAY before I was planning to do so. This morning, I met up with my good friend Carly at Starbucks to catch up on our week. We both planned on getting healthier choices. AKA avoiding the lemon iced pound cake (I KNOW), the chocolate croissants, and of course...their seasonal pumpkin bread.
and I think this is when things took a turn for the worst...or the best...it really depends on your perspective- and I lost all self control of waiting for the RIGHT time to start baking pumpkin treats.
You see, I'm a HUGE seasonal this-and-that person. I'm all about pumpkin spice lattes, gingerbread cookies, red and green M&Ms at Christmas... and don't even get me started on chocolate filled Easter eggs and sweettart bunnies.
But I really like waiting for the RIGHT time to get these things. I know pumpkin spice lattes have been released at Starbs, but since it is still 100 degrees outside and I feel like melting every time I step outside my front door, I was planning on foregoing the sweet drinks until a chill was in the air. It just isn't the RIGHT time, ya know?
But when I STEPPED INTO STARBS THIS MORNING...I started craving all things pumpkin instantly. It hit me. I had to have pumpkin. and I had to have it NOW. I blame the sweet smell of those lattes. I'm a marketer's dream, I tell ya!
I made a game plan with Carly...I told her I was going to sneak on over to Trader Joe's, grab a pumpkin-flavored Greek yogurt (yes they have it and it is pretty dang good!) and then head home before classes. That way, I still was sticking with my healthy choices and all. I walked into Trader Joe's, grabbed the pumpkin yogurt, and grabbed TWO CANS OF PUMPKIN as well...because I impulsively decided I NEEDED to bake pumpkin muffins TODAY.
I think today I have decided that it's always the RIGHT time for pumpkin muffins.
So there ya have it. A delicious new pumpkin muffin recipe for ya even if fall hasn't officially started. You should make them. impulsively. today. And the good news is...they are a bit lighter. So YAY for healthier choices!
Hope your Thursday is awesome, friends!
My Go-To Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
(makes 16 muffins)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup of pumpkin
1/4 cup of yogurt (I used pumpkin yogurt but any yogurt will work!)
1/4 cup of melted butter
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin cups/spray with non-stick cooking spray
2. Mix first 5 ingredients with blender
3. Slowly add dry ingredients
4. Mix in chocolate chips
5. Bake 15 minutes
Let me know if you try them out!