KNR, p. 204 “Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins”


Sheila tried out a new muffin recipe. And the muffins have PUMPKIN in them. Big smiles here.  She said that these were for breakfast, but since I was hanging around for taste-testing duty, I had the first one for an afternoon snack. She made some with chocolate chips and without, and both types were great. Chocolate and pumpkin, though? Perfect together!


In case you were wondering? No bodies anywhere in the kitchen or dining room. I always check. 😉


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 jumbo muffins
  • Topping
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons pecans, chopped and ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Muffins
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seed oil (or other nut oil)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached King Arthur flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups organic canned pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Mix topping ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375. Standing mixer - slowest speed. Do not overbeat at any step.
  3. Cream oil and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until just mixed.
  5. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, a little at a time and mix until evenly moistened.
  6. Add pumpkin puree and mix until just blended.
  7. Add chocolate chips and stir with large spoon until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  8. Divide mix evenly among 6 extra large greased, floured muffin tins (or use jumbo baking cup papers)
  9. Divide topping equally and sprinkle on top of the muffins, about 2 teaspoons each.
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes in center of oven - until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, muffins are springy to the touch, and lightly golden brown.


Let rest on cooling rack for five minutes, then enjoy!  🙂




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KNR, p. 183 “Kerrian’s Famous Pumpkin Smoothie”



It’s that season when all things pumpkin are the rage. Maybe it’s the hundreds of pumpkins calling to us at the stores/farmer’s markets or maybe it’s the crisp Fall air, but nature’s advertising compels me to try a new pumpkin recipe every year.


Sheila is right there with me and the challenge is not to come up with something new, but how to rein in our enthusiasm and just pick one to share.


We looked at the Kerrian recipe list and saw no pumpkin smoothies on it, so, for your sipping pleasure, here is the Kerrian Pumpkin Smoothie.


And, in keeping with our kitchen’s body-free policy, no people were harmed in the making of this great drink. Promise.  😉


Pumpkin Smoothie with Cinnamon on top


Kerrian's Favorite Pumpkin Smoothie
Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: one
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup 2% lowfat milk or coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Place pumpkin, milk, and brown sugar in blender or mini-food processor and mix until blended – about 30 seconds.
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, and vanilla and continue to mix together – about 30 seconds.
  3. Add ice and continue to blend until beverage is thick and creamy – about a minute.


Serves one.

Enjoy!  🙂


*Photos by Patti Phillips







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