Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Hi friends! Happy Monday! How’s your morning going?

Sasha and I had a crazyawesome Soli Beat event last night at lululemon La Encantada. We’re friends with their amazing staff, and they reached out to us to see if we wanted to host a dance party in the courtyard.

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Of course we wanted to πŸ˜‰

We hired three amazing drummers to play for the event, and got our Soli Beat on along with some fabulous ladies (and kiddos! They were so fun to watch). The courtyard at La Encantada is gorgeous, green and spacious– we had a lot of room to move and dance. It was fun to look above to the second story and see shoppers peeking over to see what the heck was going on, especially since the drums were so loud and energizing. We did a version of the dances from the DVD, with little changes here and there to change things up. We tend to go a little crazy when we hear the music.

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 Grant filmed a highlight video, too, which we’ll upload to our YouTube channel: 

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My nana and mom came to watch, and the best part of all was that the Pilot brought Livi to join in the dance party. She loved it, and everyone loved watching her πŸ˜‰

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My heart can’t even take it. 

It was pretty much the best start possible to the week.

A lovely start to the morning? Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.

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Livi helped me make a batch of these this weekend, and we’ll finish them off this morning. I love how light they are -the eggs give them a fluffy texture- and the filling factor from the pumpkin.

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Oh, and a little chocolate never hurt anyone, either πŸ˜‰

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They’re quick to put together, and while they take some time to bake, it would be smart to make a double batch and freeze. Especially if they disappear as quickly as they have in our house! Hope you enjoy them.

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Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
Serves 6
A grain-free treat, with a soft fluffy texture. Serve these for holiday brunch, or make a double batch to freeze for the week
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 3-4 tablespoons of honey, depending on how sweet you'd like them
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/2 cup almond meal
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/4-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  10. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  11. pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and place liners in a standard muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, coconut oil, honey, eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir to combine.
  5. Gently scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and fluffy.
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What are you up to today? What’s your favorite filling breakfast? I find that eggs, breakfast cookies and anything pumpkin keep me satisfied for a long time.

xoxo

Gina

 

 

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  1. I absolutely love pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I find that using the trader joes pumpkin bread mix can save a lot of time- just throw in some chocolate chips and you’re done. I could literally eat a whole batch in a day I think! So good!

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  2. I will always and forever love your breakfast cookies! I make them in batches on the weekend when I need a quick go-to breakfast that will give me enough protein to make me satisfied all day. I still make my cinnamon raisin variety (no banana) and top it with lemon stevia-sweetened Greek yogurt for a really yummy treat.

    The dance party looks so fun! Any plans to do a dance party tour? We could use some of that spice and music up here in Vancouver! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      we’d have to do a kickstarter or something like that, but i think that sounds amazing!!!
      going to make a cinnamon raisin one for breakfast tomorrow.. you’ve got me craving one!
      xo

  3. I have never baked with almond flour, but I’d love to. I hear you can get it at a good price at Trader Joe’s. Can’t wait to try these πŸ™‚

  4. yep, those pumpkin muffins will be made. the soli beat party looks like fun! If you ever do something like that in SD, give u the heads up and hopefully I can drive down for that πŸ™‚

    this morning I had MaltoMeal with coconut milk, pumpkin purree, cranberries/cherries, chia seeds and honey. very filling and very yummy.

    I’ve got an art meeting to go after some studio work after my main job.

  5. these look awesome! thanks as always for the recipes. is it almond meal that you use? or should it be almond flour?

  6. Yum yum! I just made some pumpkin, banana, pecan muffins as a healthy treat for this week. It’s always nice to have something like that when your days are stressful and long!

    The dance party sounds like a lot of fun! Love seeing all the projects you’re working on and how they develop. It’s always an inspiration to keep working toward our personal goals.

  7. I have to tell you, I have been a Soli Beating fool! My husband walked in on me this morning rocking it out to the Djole (I think I spelled that right?) and it was a little awkward for a moment… But whatevs, I love it!

  8. Pumpkin is really filling but that’s why its such a great and satisfying breakfast option!

  9. These muffins look delicious! Can’t wait to try the recipe.

    Congrats on the party. Great that you are getting out there and promoting Soli Beat. It’s really exciting to see someone make this type of project happen.

  10. I have to try these for bfast/to bring to work as a snack. Yum!

  11. Can’t wait to try these muffins! Livi is so precious!

  12. Oatmeal with a little almond butter on top keeps me full for hours and hours.

  13. I love that these use almond meal! They look awesome!

  14. Soli Beat dance party!? How cool! Sounds like an amazing event!

  15. The Soli Beat evening looks like great fun but your photos did just make me laugh….is that a ‘Danger – mind the wet floor’ sign in the middle of the dance area?

    Also, do you have any plans to make your dvd shippable to the UK?

  16. I just made similar muffins last night! Except I used maple syrup instead of honey and dates instead of choc chips. So tasty πŸ™‚

  17. Congrats on all your success with the DVD! It is so exciting to watch. Livi is precious!!
    Can I just regular flour instead of the almond meal?? I have all other ingredients on hand!
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  18. i would love to attend a solibeat dance party! i hope you’ll host a few after you move here to southern california πŸ˜‰

    and those pumpkin muffins look delicious. i’ve been meaning to pick up almond meal from TJ’s. this recipe just might be my incentive to do so!

  19. These looks delicious! I think they would be a great healthy treat to make this week!

  20. Livi is precious! I adore anything pumpkin so you better believe I’m gonna try these out!! Thanks for the new recipe.

  21. I need some of those pumpkin muffins in my life! The fact that they’re grain free is just icing on the…pumpkin muffins πŸ˜‰

  22. I stumbled onto your blog a few years ago and one of the things that made me keep coming back is that you made fitness and healthy living feel attainable to EVERY person, not just a fitness “ideal” or a woman whose thighs don’t touch. It’s for this reason that I feel so conflicted about your support for Lululemon, in light of the recent (and seemingly ongoing) controversy. You have always been a person that seems not to be afraid to put your foot down when you believe in something (avoiding Chipotle and discontinuing your support for Larabar), so it’s particularly disappointing that not only have you not mentioned the issues with Lululemon, but you also seem to be moving ahead like it’s no big deal. It’s unfortunate.

    • Fitnessista says:

      I called the CEO out on twitter for being a d-bag the day the story broke. I was livid, and felt guilty wearing the shirt and hoodie I’d bought the day before. I havent shopped at lulu since, but am friends with many amazing people who work for the company and who are also disgusted by the ceo’s remarks. This event was planned long ago, so I followed through with it since it was local (not corporately) sponsored, we were not paid, and it was free for anyone who’d like to attend. I will still support my friends at lulu and the free events they work hard to plan. However, ill be buying my athletic apparel in other stores unless something dramatically changes.

      • Thanks for the response. Warms my faith in you all over again πŸ™‚

        • well, now i’m wondering what in the heck I missed about chipotle and larabar??? I would also be clueless about lululemon, but I just looked it up.

          • Correct me if I’m wrong, Gina…but I think I saw a tweet that she was excited that she could start eating at Chipotle again as the company made a commitment to remove their GMO ingredients in 2014. Also, with Larabar she said she wasn’t purchasing due to General Mills funding to keep GMO ingredients a secret from consumers. That’s all from memory…so I might be off a bit!

          • Fitnessista says:

            100% accurate

        • Fitnessista says:

          of course! thank you for bringing it up. xo

          • Shaina Anderson says:

            what happened with larabar?!

            I’m also sad about the controversy with lululemon as I’m a former lulu, and will be purchasing my workout attire elsewhere from now on as well.

          • Fitnessista says:

            they’re owned by general mills which contributes an insane amount of money to keep GMOs a secret to consumers

  23. would you recommend sifting the almond flour? can i use oliveoil instead of coconut? just curious

  24. so happy for you and the success of your DVD!!

    LIV is too cute…dancing away πŸ˜‰

  25. Love it! I’m going to school and taking an aerobic dance class and choreographing a dance and teaching it to the class earns extra credit so a friend and I choreographed one and taught it to the class today. While we were dancing I thought of you and Sasha…except we looked about 10 times more silly and do not have the skills you do! πŸ™‚

  26. Could anyone keep m in the loop an tell me whats going on with lululemon? Thanks so much

  27. Sounds like such a fun event! A great way to start the week πŸ™‚

  28. Pumpkin muffins in the oven and sweet potato black bean chili in the crockpot:)) my house smells amazing!

  29. Sounds so fun!!
    Love the paleo-friendly recipe! Will give it a try!!

  30. Love how this dance party was a family and community affair! Way to represent – I’m sure your family is so proud of you! Love to see great women doing great things!

  31. these look so good…love the ingredients!

  32. Shaina Anderson says:

    I think we had the max number of replies on the earlier thread so I’m starting a new one. πŸ™‚ I actually wandered over to the larabars in Sprouts today and on all the boxes they had put stickers that said “does not contain GMOs”. Hmm.

  33. oh perfect! I have some leftover pumpkin puree waiting for me in the fridge. It was going to end up in a soup, but these sound delicious – a perfect start to the day after Thanksgiving!

  34. I hope that someday I have a little family with as much love & happiness as yours <3

  35. These look SO yummy!

    Totally agree about the CEO of Lulu.. what a shame (and corporate communications fail).

  36. In the oven now! Thanks for the recipe. I had bought almond meal a while ago but wasn’t sure what to do with it. A lot of grain free recipes call for multiple flours which I don’t have on hand or want to go out and buy. And anything with pumpkin is a ok in my book– my beloved Libby’s is on sale this week at Fred Meyer!!!!

  37. I made these today, twice. The first time was totally my fault and they failed miserably. The second time they were made according to directions and while they taste delicious they look no where near as good as yours!! I don’t know what I did wrong but I will try again they taste incredible!

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