Day 2 – Where is your pumpking from? Plus Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

This time of year seems to be all about pumpkins. You see them everywhere from grocery stores to farmers markets to your own front porches. Obviously, you see lots of them when you visit a pumpkin patch. But beyond your local pumpkin patch, have you thought about where pumpkins are grown?

Pumpkin Collage

Well, chances are if you bought your jack-o-lantern pumpkin at a retail store in the Midwest, it might have come from Howell Farms right here in Indiana. Each year around 750,000 homes enjoy pumpkins that were grown on Howell Farms. Pretty amazing isn’t it? And we all thought there was just corn in Indiana. But it gets better…

Pumpkin Puree Facts
If you are from Illinois, you should be excited to know that 90-95% of canned pumpkin is grown in Illinois. So, when I visited my friend Katie over at Pinke Post a few weeks ago, we bought some canned pumpkin for our cooking adventures. And that little can of pumpkin was canned by Seneca Foods in Illinois.

CAnned Pumpkin
Now, I am not a buy only local person, but I do support local farmers whenever I can. So, I am glad that I can go to Wal-Mart or Kroger or even Aldi’s and buy some pumpkin and know that I am supporting local farmers from Indiana and Illinois. And if you are a lover of all things pumpkin like I am, you will want to make Megan’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pumpkins.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Let me be honest, I make a double batch most of the time. These muffins freeze well, so don’t worry if you think the batch is too big. Make them all. I also must confess, I may have changed the recipe a smidge. Just a smidge. I promise. The main change is I don’t just use oil, I have now decided to also use melted butter. After all butter makes everything better.

melted butter and oil
Mix the canned pumpkin, eggs, oil, butter, and sugar together.

pumpkin muffin liquid ingredients
When the ingredients are completely combined, add a teaspoon of vanilla. Yeah, I may have added this to the recipe.

vanilla extract from Penzey's Spices
Then add the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

dry ingredients in pumpkin muffin mix
Mix till just combined and then add cinnamon, salt and a little nutmeg.

spices in pumpkin muffin mix
And now, for the chocolate. I use a whole bag, the full 2 cups in the muffins when I double the batch.

semi-sweet chocolate chips
Get them combined and then it is time to full the muffin tin.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffin dough
Fill the muffin tins 3/4 full.

muffin tins filled with pumpkin muffin batter
Bake the muffins on 375 for 15-20 minutes. You want the muffins to bounce back when you press on the top of the muffin.

baked pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
They will disappear. Just ask Miss A. She had one for her bedtime snack.

Miss A eating a warm muffin

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Serves: 30 muffins

These muffins are favorites in the fall. This batch makes a large amount, so freeze half of them for later.
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1, 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  1. In large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, pumpkin butter, oil and vanilla until combined.
  2. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Pour into the liquid ingredients and mix well.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Fill greased or paper-line muffin cups ¾ full. Bake for 16-20 minutes on 375 degrees or until muffins test done by bouncing back when the tops are pressed.

Want to learn more about food and farms, be sure to visit the 30 days on the prairie farm series.

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  1. says

    I have SO GOT TO MAKE THESE! Damn the family if the rest of them don’t like pumpkin! Oops! I just said damn! It’s Jose’s fault! Sad to say, we had no pumpkins on our porch this year. Our local pumpkin patch closed, and I did not get out of the lovely Benton County enough to find the orange globes before Halloween. Epic fail! Time to get out the cloth ones Mom made and decorate for Thanksgiving. That’s the way we roll on the farm with harvest all screwy and crazy. And we have a mom in the house who does NOT like Halloween even though fall is her favorite season!

  2. says

    I will definitely try these muffins. They look great. I noticed you use Penzey’s vanilla. I love all their spices/herbs. I haven’t tried the double strength vanilla though, so I will look for it the next time I make a run there. I will check my canned pumpkin when I pick it up in the market. I never gave it much thought and am curious now. I am in NY.

  3. Jen says

    I found your blog today and have loved looking through it. I saw you use Penzey’s stuff (the vanilla!) and I am sold — looking forward to making this pumpkin recipe and following your upcoming posts.


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