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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins: Nutrition Filled and Cow Milk Free

Updated on September 27, 2016
Easy, Yum, Nutritional Muffins
Easy, Yum, Nutritional Muffins | Source

Start Your Day Bright with Easy, Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins :)


Great at any time of the year, add these good-for-you Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins to your breakfast menu and you'll get requests for dessert!

We have a lot to love about fall including that the food of autumn is one of the best things about the season. It is simply lovely that the recipes for that time of year are some of the prettiest, most aromatic, and of course, tasty that can be found.

So many varieties of fruits and veggies to enjoy in so many ways. Apples, pears, squash, sweet potatoes, and topping the list, we have the amazing low calorie, fiber-filled, vitamin A/retinol/beta carotene pumpkin that is also a good source of iron (whew!).

Year 'round, these muffins are a healthy hit!
Year 'round, these muffins are a healthy hit! | Source

We shouldn't limit ourselves seasonally, though. Throughout the year pumpkin is nearly as good for us from the can as it is fresh, as long as we choose the puree rather than the salt and sugar filled pumpkin-pie filling. That fact makes it always available to us, which is just another reason to love this muffin recipe.

Because chocolate and pumpkin play well together I started experimenting again–always a little dangerous–but when a winner pops up, well, it's well worth all the fuss and muss of making it work and getting it posted.

If I can make it cow's milk free and nobody misses it, well, that is a home run in my kitchen. As well, this recipe is made egg-free by me because I use the now popular flax egg recipe as a replacement. If you have not tried it yet, consider this encouragement to make another healthy and delicious choice.


Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with coconut and  pecans (and better yet, full of nutrition and fiber). Year round, what could be better with your morning tea or coffee?!
Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with coconut and pecans (and better yet, full of nutrition and fiber). Year round, what could be better with your morning tea or coffee?! | Source

About Chocolate and These Muffins...


If you read my profile page you know Chocolate rules in my book, and foods that do not go with Chocolate, at least with Chocolate as a dessert, won’t often make it into one of my menus. It simply must be a possibility. Even in the midst of a magnificent season full of rich, satisfying foods, there has just got to be a place for a Chocolate dish.

These Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins couldn’t be easier, but more than that they meet the dietary need that only Chocolate can meet. Mixing up fast and baking up 15 chunky muffins, these hearty darlings make mornings what they ought to be even for a non-morning person like myself.

Having a ready-to-use product on hand makes it easy to include some sort of Chocolate in any busy season’s schedule. Dr. Oatekers cake mix is one high-quality product that can be depended on, along with other brands quality that work well.

The coconut oil for this recipe is full flavored for a hint of coconut in the muffins, but most importantly it replaces butter–this is delicious a cow-milk-free recipe. The pumpkin I use is an all natural puree, and the other ingredients are good quality, as well.


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Muffins from Dr. Oateker's cake mix make a great recipe!Dr. Oateker's mixes have good-for-you ingredients.All natural pumpkin is a secret ingredient!  :)Full-flavored coconut oil adds a hint of the tropics to chocolate pumpkin muffins.Muffins for those who react badly to cow's milk.
Muffins from Dr. Oateker's cake mix make a great recipe!
Muffins from Dr. Oateker's cake mix make a great recipe! | Source
Dr. Oateker's mixes have good-for-you ingredients.
Dr. Oateker's mixes have good-for-you ingredients. | Source
All natural pumpkin is a secret ingredient!  :)
All natural pumpkin is a secret ingredient! :) | Source
Full-flavored coconut oil adds a hint of the tropics to chocolate pumpkin muffins.
Full-flavored coconut oil adds a hint of the tropics to chocolate pumpkin muffins. | Source
Muffins for those who react badly to cow's milk.
Muffins for those who react badly to cow's milk. | Source

Ready to Eat in About 40 Minutes:

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 15 Muffins

Ingredients Needed for Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 Package Dr. Oateker's Organic Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Pumpkin Puree, Not pumpkin pie filling.
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, Softened/Melted
  • 3 Eggs, Room Temperature (I use the flax egg recipe mentioned and linked above.)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Pecans, Finely Chopped
Everything about these Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins is yum!
Everything about these Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins is yum! | Source

Instructions for Making and Baking these Muffins:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Prepare 15 muffin cups. The tins come in 12 and 6 counts so put a little water in the bottoms of the three extra cups, or divide your batter evenly among all for smaller muffins.
  3. Blend ingredients in order one at a time in a large bowl.
  4. Fill prepared cups to about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake approximately 18 minutes.
  6. Place pan on a wire rack for a quicker cool down. Remove muffins from pans 3-5 minutes after they come out of the oven.
  7. Serve immediately for warm goodness, or cool completely and store in an airtight container.

A Few Tips:


• Do not over bake these Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins. Chocolate will dry out quickly and these are best if they are taken out of the oven before they are well done.

• These flavorful muffins can be frozen if cooled completely and placed in airtight containers. Have them available ahead of time for a crowd or enjoy them bit by bit by storing them up.

• An elegant option for serving as dessert is to add a dairy-free whipped topping with a little chocolate syrup swirl on top, then a fresh strawberry.



What Do You Think Of This Recipe?

5 stars from 1 rating of Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Modern Mixes


These days, it is common to see organic and gluten free products for sale in most grocery stores. If you are able to combine your own ingredients to make homemade mixes, that's a great option. There are many good reasons to do so, however, in today's world many people are too busy and/or do not have the storage space. They need simple solutions. Mixes like the Wholesome Chow option are available from Amazson. They are the perfect answer for making healthier choices.

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Giving Muffins:


Now that we have some experience with just how really good these muffins are I'm thinking about the holidays and what great little gifts they could be.

I found some cupcake boxes that would work well, and I'm thinking of exploring gift bag options because these Chocolate muffins are worthy of a presentation with panache!

In thinking this through I'm seeing several lovely gifting possibilities. If you come up with a unique way to present them as a gift write a hub about it and let me know so I can link it to this one.


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Interested in More About Eating Healthy?


These food hubs include some healthier versions of old favorites and info to help you make the best food decisions for yourself and your family:


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• Have a cow milk allergy? Check out a helpful hub!

• So you think you might give blue agave a try? Why not?!

• What is all the fuss about almonds?

• This white beans recipe works hard for busy people who want healthy food!

• If you've had peach cobbler this way let us all hear about it!

• How about the new sweetener Sun Crystals in an old recipe?

Flax seed amazes more than doctors when patients see results!

• Is pumpkin good for your brain as well as the rest of yourself?

Bake muffins like a pro!


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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      heidithorne:

      They really are good. Though the fiber/nutrition does not cancel out the sugar, it surely does make a difference when we need an indulgence! And there's always the best option--working out a from-scratch recipe that uses one of the great alternative sweeteners available (think Monk Fruit), something I've yet to do because of the hesitation re how I would still need to limit intake since they are soooooo yum… :) Thanks for stopping in and Happy New Year!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      These sound awesome! You'll have to reshare this again around the fall. Would be a terrific Thanksgiving treat. Voted up and awesome!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      techygran:

      They really are tooooo good, but having one (or two) and sharing the remainder is the way to go! Make a batch, invite a friend on her birthday for coffee and a muffin, but make sure the rest are packed up in a pretty to-go box so she can take them out of sight out of mind! :)

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Oh, these muffins sound irresistable, and that, alas, would be the big drawback to my baking them! But one can always dream! I do agree that muffins make a lovely gift, to new neighbours-- to anyone, actually. Perhaps I'll make these and try to get them out of the house intact to someone who would really appreciate them. Thank you for your very comprehensive 'foodie' hub-- I'll be back to check out some of your other links! ~Cynthia

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks much for letting me know how helpful the info is to you! I use one of the Jarrow Formulas, organic with Neutral Taste Neutral Flavor on the label. Buying it off the web usually gets me a good bargain, but sometimes stores will have it. You have to actually go to the store, though, which means taking time off projects… :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I am so glad that I came back to this. I did not realize that one could purchase coconut oil that did not have a coconut taste. That is great to know because of the health benefits of using coconut oil. Somehow having a coconut taste with eggs is not the flavor profile we would want. What brand do you use? Does it say flavorless?

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      beingwell:

      Chocolate anything is pretty much okay, isn't it?! And it's a great reward for running, I must say. :)

      Thanks much for your visit and note!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Joined your poll, rtalloni. Who doesn't like chocolates? I'm having one after my run.. heehee..

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      StephSev108:

      Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Thanks much for stopping by to check it out!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Natashalh:

      Thanks for coming by with your feedback on these muffins!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625:

      The combination is indeed an interesting thought the first time you think it but you will probably find that it is a favorite recipe once you give it a try. :) Thanks for stopping in!

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow! Chocolate and pumpkin are my favorites but I've never tried them together. I will have to give this a try. Thanks.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Mmmm - tasty sounding!

      My dad used to make gift baskets of speciality muffins for Christmas gifts. They were always very well received, so I'm sure these could make Christmas presents, too.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Pumpkin and chocolate? Who would have thought? Obviously not me. Thank you for planting the seed. I'm willing to give it a try.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      They are yum, and I've been wanting to make them again soon. Thank you for bring this hub to my attention because I needed to update it with the "new" recipe capsules. You motivated me to get it done! :) Hope your family enjoys these muffins as much as we do.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Rtalloni

      This sounds intriguing. I have never thought of combining pumpkin and chocolate but this sounds like something my family will like. Thank you for sharing this with us. ps

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thelma Alberts:

      Thanks for checking these muffins out. They are easy, and a fall favorite here, so I'll be making them again soon.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Oh, my! I would love to eat this right now. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Om Paramapoonya:

      Breakfast indeed! These pumpkin muffins are full of good stuff to get a day started right! Hope you get to try this recipe soon--you'll be glad you did!

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Chocolate and pumpkin together? Ahhh I MUST try this recipe. I think these muffins will be great for breakfast. Rated up and bookmarked!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      formosangirl:

      Hope you get to try these pumpkin muffins out soon. The coconut oil adds a rich flavor and texture to them. I appreciate that you checked this recipe out!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I am so glad this recipe calls for coconut oil. It sounds delicious.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Although the hint of coconut is very mild, those who don't like coconut REALLY don't like it. However, there is an alternative for this crunch. Coconut oil is available without the coconut taste. That's what we use to cook our eggs with in the mornings.

      You did hit on another fabulous use for coconut oil. It is great for skin care. I've been thinking about posting my facial wash--talk about smooth and silky feeling skin! I'll have to get to that soon since it would make great Christmas gifts.

      Thanks bunches for stopping in!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds delicious for people who like the flavors of coconut, pumpkin and chocolate. Thanks for the recipe. Unfortunately my hubby does not like the flavor of coconut. I actually have some coconut oil but use it to moisturize my elbows, legs and any other dry spots of skin in the winter. I heard or read about its use in that manner and it works. Does not leave an oily residue. Of course there is a bit of a coconut smell. Ha! Thanks for your recipe.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Kris Heeter:

      So glad you like the idea of this recipe--thanks for stopping in and for adding this as a link to one of yours. Looking forward to checking out your recipes.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Wow, I never would have thought of putting these two favorites together! I'll have to link to this hub from one of mine - this is wonderful!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      cardelean:

      Glad you found the coconut oil. If you are using the full flavored kind I imagine that you'll be writing hubs about the desserts you use it in. Glad, too, that your husband liked the basic recipe. :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Karen N:

      It's a great tasting mix--not really a pumpkin taste to it--and it's healthy mix--and it's a happy mix. :)

      Hope you get to try this recipe sometime. Thanks bunches for coming by and letting me know you saw this hub!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Denise Handlon:

      I'm still traveling or I would be home baking a batch of these! They are on the top of my "to do" list when I get home!

      You may have seen the above posts by now, but coconut milk does not replace coconut oil. Coconut oil replaces butter or other oils in a recipe--and it does a great job of it! I buy most of mine online now, and I buy the full flavored for dessert recipes.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Since my husband devoured the first batch, I went on a coconut oil search and found it! So this week will be round 2 with the right ingredients!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      katrinasui:

      Thanks for coming by and letting me know you like the looks of this recipe! Hope you get to try these Chocolate Pumpkin muffins soon! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Phoebe Pike:

      Thanks so much! Hope you get to enjoy these soon!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      ktrapp:

      It's a super combination and there are several recipes with both in them. I worked this one out because of our allergy to cow's milk, and because we like all the ingredients so well. :)

      So appreciate that you took a look at this hub and let me know!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      stephhicks68:

      Hmmm... I'll be passing back through Washington next week...not toooo far from Oregon, maybe I'll stop in at that card party... Seriously, hope we get to see some of your creations from the event!

      Hope they all enjoy your muffins--I'm stuck in a hotel due to airlines glitch and wishing I had one of those muffins right now. They really are a healthy treat!

      Thanks much for letting me know you saw this recipe!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      art purses:

      The combination is great and the muffins as opposed to a large cake works out very well for portion control--when I have self-control! :)

      Appreciate that you came by and left your note!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      cardelean:

      Okay--I'll find you a house for sale in my neighborhood--if I ever get back home! :)

      So sorry you couldn't find the coconut oil. Because we use it all the time now, I buy it online for great prices. VitaCost usually carries a variety, but I often buy the Jarrow Formula brand shown in my photo above.

      For breads like this I like to use the full-flavored coconut oil which is the green label shown above.

      Coconut milk would be fine in the recipe, but it wouldn't replace the c. oil for the same result, nor would it give the same flavor.

      I'm in an air port right now and can't think this through like I want to, but let me know if you have more questions. :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      randomcreative:

      It really is an easy and yum recipe--thanks bunches for stopping in!

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      These sound so good! I would have never thought to mix chocolate and pumpkin together.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      The Dirt Farmer:

      They're so good you will forget they are healthy! :)

      Appreciate your visit and comment!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      These look so scrumptious! Where do I find coconut oil? or can coconut milk be substituted?

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      katrinasui 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. i am hungry now:):)

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      I can't wait to make some of these! I love your hubs, always so useful!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      I love chocolate and I love pumpkin; the combination of the two sounds terrific! Thanks for sharing this simple yet delicious recipe.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much, Chatkath! I hope you can enjoy them soon--you might want to have company when you do--I've discovered that they are dangerous for me alone! :)

      So appreciate that you stopped in with your note!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - these muffins sound awesome! I have made chocolate chip pumpkin bread, but the coconut oil and pecans in this recipe will be so delicious!

      I have a card-making party next weekend, and I think I'll make these muffins to take with me! Rated up and awesome, Steph

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      Me too, but it's probably a good thing I don't have time right now--we enjoyed the last batch toooo much! I need to plan to make them and give part of them away each time!

      Hope you get to enjoy them soon. So appreciate your visit and comments! :)

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      art purses 5 years ago

      My family would love this! How could you go wrong with chocolate, coconut & pumpkin! I love the idea of making muffins instead of a large cake. This is very useful!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Ok, so I made these after dinner and they were great! I had to stop and the store for something else but I couldn't find coconut oil. Where did you get it. I used coconut milk instead but I didn't really taste the coconut so I'm guessing that the oil has a stronger flavor.

      And if you were my neighbor there would be no need to share, I'd be at your house eating all of your delicious creations on a regular basis!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      SanneL:

      Yeah, they do fill the house with the smell of goodness! It's one of those that you should bake if you are showing your house for sale! :)

      I hope you do get to try them soon, but remember I warned you, they are really good!

      Thanks so much for coming by and for your kind input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      cardelean:

      Well, if you were my neighbor I would meet you at the corner and share my coconut oil with you so you could enjoy these right away! :)

      Smell-o-vision is a fabulous idea!

      Thanks bunches for your visit and kind comments. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This recipe sounds delicious and so easy. I love the idea of pairing chocolate with pumpkin here. Perfect for fall!

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      These look pretty good, RTalloni--even though they're healthy! (;

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Wonderful r., as usual, these look so good. I love pumpkin bread and muffins, of course I love chocolate so I must try these! Thanks for sharing!!!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      SJmorningsun25:

      You are welcome! I hope you are able to enjoy these soon because they turned out so well. Actually, I think it's kind of difficult not to work chocolate into a menu...and really sad if it can't be! :)

      Very much appreciate that you came by with you input!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I could just eat some of these right now!

      Chocolate and pecans - I'm drooling!

      Thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Ahhhhhh. . .I just smell the aroma of those awesome looking muffins.

      I love pumpkin and I love chocolate, so this is a perfect combination for me. I just have to make them as soon as possible!!!

      Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

      Voted up and useful,

      Sannel

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      If I only had coconut oil in my house, I'd be making these tonight! These look and sound delicious! I always love reading your creations. Now if HP would just add smell'o vision as an option...

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      SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

      Those look fantastic! I'm hungry now. :-) Thanks for sharing this recipe--so simple, yet so delicious! I agree that fall is the best time of year for flavors and aromas, especially when chocolate is given a chance to join in!