Chocolate Pumpkin Olive Oil Muffins

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Grab one of these delicious chocolate pumpkin olive oil muffins for your busy morning breakfast! They taste so good, you’ll never know they are light!

Chocolate pumpkin olive oil muffins

I’m not a news watcher. In fact, I’d rather watch ANYTHING else than news. Now, I don’t live under a rock. I have an iPhone with the CNN app. Anytime something happens, I get an alert. And to me, that’s really all the news I need. I don’t need to hear eye witness accounts from 15 people. I certainly don’t need to hear Republicans and Democrats arguing with each-other for 6 hours because they can’t agree on something. Sadly, my hubby’s job is directly related to the government ┬áso the news was on FOR 7 HOURS last night as we watched the “SHUTDOWN COUNTDOWN.”

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Which is also why I consumed half a bottle of Merlot and caught up with Teen Mom 3 on my computer. This whole shutdown business kind of bugs me. When my hubby doesn’t work, well, he doesn’t get paid. Luckily he has like 300 PTO days saved up so he’ll be fine if the government stays down for a bit. But you know what? That sucks! Why should he have to use his vacation days that he’s earned by working ALL THE TIME because stupid old men can’t agree on something?

Luscious chocolate pumpkin muffins

Just talking about it pisses me off. I mean, it’s human nature. We disagree. I’ve gotten in many an argument with friends and family. But you know what? My decisions don’t affect an entire country. I think I would feel just a little bad if my decision was the reason thousands of employees aren’t getting paid.

But enough about that. Can we talk about these chocolate pumpkin olive oil muffins for a second? I LOVE olive oil with chocolate. It’s the most unbelievably amazing combination. Funny enough, I added olive oil to these because I ran out of applesauce and I hate canola oil. I honestly didn’t think they would turn out THIS GOOD.

Chocolate glazed pumpkin olive oil muffins

Topped with luscious chocolate glaze and more chocolate chips, these muffins are so sweet they could be passed for cupcakes. But I’d rather call them muffins so I can eat 3 of them for breakfast without judgement stares.

Chocolate Pumpkin Olive Oil Muffins

Chocolate olive oil muffins


Yields about 16 muffins.
Prep time: About 5 minutes
Cook time: About 20 minutes


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • About 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cavity muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In another bowl, beat the pumpkin, oil, vanilla, sugars and eggs together until creamy. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and add the wet mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
  3. Once mixed, stir in the chocolate chips. Fill each muffin cavity about 2/3 the way full with batter. Bake for about 18 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool on a wire cooling rack.
  4. Whisk the sugar, butter, vanilla and skim milk together. Glaze each muffin and garnish with additional chocolate chips.

Nutritional information per muffin:

Calories: 223
Fat: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 38 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 2.3 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6

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  1. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
    I need these in my life!! Thinking of you and your hubby.
  2. Posted by Marnely Rodriguez-Murray on
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
    Seriously, these look amazing amazing. That drizzle on top...I just want to drink it!
  3. Posted by Meagan @ A Zesty Bite on
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
    Amen! I worry about all the single parents out there working for the government who won't get a pay check. This hurts a lot of people.

    Love these muffins and I would have inhaled these with the bottle of wine.
  4. Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
    I have yet to read about this whole government shutting down business. chocolate and olive oil is the best combo!!! pinning it.
  5. Posted by Raneem on
    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
    I heard that the workers get paid even if they don't work. I mean that doesn't make sense because maybe i'm wrong. This is a really interesting recipe. I would love to make it sometime.
  6. Posted by Beth Young on
    Monday, October 7th, 2013
    These look insanely good! Photos are gorgeous!
  7. Posted by peggy on
    Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
    hi im not recieving any e mails for quite some time would like to recieve your wonderful recipestks peggy