The Pumpkin Muffins that Saved the Kitchen

Within a span of two hours, we had our {old} refrigerator emptied out and removed, a new one delivered and a panic attack while assuming our kitchen was burning down.

It was an interesting day.


Garmin set the tone by telling me my first mile split was 6:17; had I not looked at for the route, I would’ve stopped in shock. Then reminded myself that it’s a GPS watch, not a fool-proof device. Instead, I ran on slightly irritated that it was in its own little world – one in which miles weren’t measured by 5280 ft and I was running very very quickly. Not a bad place to be….

I finished up the run for ~4.5 miles in 36:30, feeling attacked by the wind by relieved to have normal legs again!

Here was my afternoon recipe-for-fun: 2 cans of pumpkin that have waited patiently through a move and month on the shelf + one afternoon off + one oven that hasn’t seen the light of sweet baked treats yet.

Here was my obstacle: a fridge/freezer that hasn’t been keeping the right temperature for at least two days. Landlord, called. Repairman + landlord, on their way!

After grabbing the baking necessities from Whole Foods, I had said visitors waiting for me to examine the appliance-in-need. They decided to replace it, and “would be back soon”. I decided to bake.


Inspired by Anne’s Pumpkin Bread of Deliciousness, I chose chocolate chips and the muffin route.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

1.5 c Whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c Brown Sugar
1 tsp Salt
Cinnamon & Apple Pie Spice (or Pumpkin Spice)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 c Nonfat Greek Yogurt (Vanilla flavored, optional)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 c Pumpkin Puree
1/2 c Applesauce
2 egg whites

For high altitude: add ~3 tbsp water & 1 tbsp Flour (approximate adjustments – More Information Here)

Heat oven to 350*. In two separate bowls, mix the dry & wet ingredients. Optional: use Kitchenaid to make sure those egg whites are in good (i.e. I finally busted out my Kitchenaid mixer and couldn’t have been more excited to use it!).

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Add wet to dry, stirring slowly until flour mixture is covered. Stir in 1/2 c Chocolate chips (or raisins).

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Bake for ~25 minutes….

While these were baking, our new fridge was delivered! Fun? Crazy & hectic. But at least the rest of the yogurt won’t go bad.

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While I put in the next batch, we decided to go to Target. The list of needed things was made, the muffins were cooled and we headed out.

The light in my head went off as we pulled into the parking lot – I left muffins in the oven! The oven is on! I may have burned down our kitchen with pumpkin.


FYI: that second batch was a winner. They were in the heat for an extra 20 minutes and didn’t crack. D literally ran into the house, hoping it wasn’t full of smoke, to save the day…only to find out that apparently these don’t burn quickly, and there wasn’t even a charred muffin top to verify our freak out.

They weren’t edible, but they weren’t on fire. I’ll take it!



Filed under baked goods, distractions, recipes, things that make you go Hmmmm

25 responses to “The Pumpkin Muffins that Saved the Kitchen

  1. oh no! although when i was in college one of my roommates did the same thing…they were BLACK and hard as a rock! we proceeded to throw them against the walls and got in big trouble in our apt complex. we called ourselves the cupcake bandits after that 🙂

  2. Ohmigosh, HEART ATTACK! Thank goodness the crisis was averted! The muffins look/sounds delish, BTW! Totally trying this recipe… love that there is no oil/butter.

  3. lol yikes! Glad they didn’t burn the house down 🙂

    • Heather C

      Ha, we are too! Wouldn’t have looked good to burn down the kitchen right after our landlord kindly got us a new Fridge. Oof.

  4. Tes

    Wow the muffins really save the kitchen… and they looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wooo! Scary! I’ve been avoiding Tar-et like the plague other than our Halloween costume shopping. Yum, I’m loving pumpkin options lately.

  6. Elizabeth

    Oh man, I can totally relate to that awful awful moment when you realize you’ve left something on.

    In a different scenario, I’ve also left the oven on over night after a little post-happy hour cooking. And when I wake up on those mornings, I truly wonder how I’m an adult, and who let me live by myself.

  7. I love this recipe! Well you kind of came home to house smelling of pumpkin…somewhat. At least you remembered. If I had gone to Target it would have taken 5 hours, thus burning the house down, lol.

    • Heather C

      Yes, my “At least I remembered!” defense only went so far. Until we realized the house didn’t actually burn to a crisp (nor did the muffins), and all was well again.

  8. J

    WOW so glad that nothing happened when you left the muffins in the oven! Real scary! Those look delish! I will have to whip some up!

  9. Oh my gosh, scrolling down the page I drool and realize 75% of the things in your kitchen are the same ones in mine!
    Coincidentally enough I came to my desk job and thought about how I want a job doing good for myself and others.. in what I love, Personal Trainer and Dietitian.. and then I found your blog! I was not even looking for it, it just happened.. is this a sign??? What would I need to even consider to become a dietition?

  10. So glad your kitchen didn’t burn down! My daughter will eat that pumpkin straight from the can…I don’t know if I should spoil that by baking muffins for her 😉

    BTW, I just finished a bowl of that Red Pepper Tomato, Black Bean, and Corn soup 🙂 Delish! I didn’t have spicy beans, so I went with Eden’s regular ones. My gluten free hubby even likes it, so we have a winner.

  11. Oops! Glad they didn’t burn.

  12. This sounds like something Billy and I would do! We always running a mile a minute and can easily see us taking off with something cooking. 🙂 Glad there wasn’t a disaster!

  13. Oh yum. Those muffins look so good. And I’m really glad they didn’t burn the kitchen down. 🙂

  14. glad your legs are feeling more normal!! 🙂

  15. Mamacita

    Oh my, I did not know that you left muffins baking in the oven while making a Target run. You just sent me the pic of yummy looking muffins. Now Mamacita knows the whole story. . .

    Can’t wait to see you and D in November!!!

    Love, Mamacita

  16. LMAO! That is hilarious!!! So glad you didn’t burn down the place!

  17. I tend to forget my last batch of anything cooking, but at least I haven’t left the house while they were still in the oven, glad they didn’t smoke up your house!

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