Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins Featuring Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bar Baking Mix

IMG_5617Our new house almost feels like home and we are slowly, but surely becoming familiar with our new city, Salem, Oregon. We found a place to get vegan Mexican food and vegan sushi, which is a great start!

This past weekend we had some of the neighbors over for a gourmet peanut butter sampling which  hubby will be writing about soon. We needed different food items to try the peanut butter on which inspired these muffins. Hubby had bought the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bar Baking Mix to try.  Being as I was short on time I decided to use it for muffins. I don’t remember the last time I used a mix for anything, but with a few additions these mini muffins were a hit.

1 box Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bar Baking Mix
2 tbsp flax meal
6 tbsp water
4 oz melted vegan butter
1/2 cup pumpkin spice flavored non dairy milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Line 26 mini muffin pans with cupcake liners. Set aside

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flax meal and water. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Once the flax meal has sat for 15 minutes mix with butter and pumpkin spice milk. Mix with either an immersion blender or whisk until frothy.

Pour baking mix in a large mixing bowl. Stir in flax mix until well blended. Add chocolate chips. Mix well. Fill each cupcake liner three-quarters of the way full. Bake for 15 minutes or until you can pull a toothpick out clean. Cool until you can touch the pan and move muffins to a cooling rack.

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6 Responses to Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins Featuring Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bar Baking Mix

  1. Lea says:

    Congrats on getting settled in. I know it feels good to be back in the kitchen 🙂

    I have everything to make this except the pumpkin flavored milk. Do you think I might be able to add pumpkin pie spice to the soymilk I have on hand, to mimic the pre-flavored stuff? If so, would 1/4 t. do it for 1/2 C of milk? I’m so used to following recipes to the letter the first time around (then making adjustments the second time around) that I want to get it as close as possible for the first try. Thoughts?

    • I Lea, I think that would be perfect! I would probably do a 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie and an extra 1/8 tsp of cinnamon. If your soy milk is original flavored you probably will want to add 1/4 tsp of vanilla. Can’t wait to hear how it comes out!

      It feels great to be in the kitchen again. Now to just find where I put everything! 🙂

    • Also make sure it is the pumpkin bar mix in the green box, not the pumpkin bread mix in the orange box. 🙂 I saw them today and realized it could be confusing.

  2. Andrea says:

    Is there a sub for flax? Chia seeds perhaps?

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