Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan) |

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan) |

Recently, I’ve been needing to get in the kitchen and bake something in a bad way. Cover my hands (and counters) in flour, pull out my sturdy measuring cups and smooth glass mixing bowls, and turn simple ingredients into warm, pillowy bites of sweet comfort. And that’s partly why you’ve been seeing quite a few baked goods here.

Moving has been harder on me than I anticipated, even though I can be back by my old stomping grounds in under ten minutes if I drive. This, combined with the rollercoaster of being a business owner (I’m mostly referring to Aaron) and really trying to grow and improve Pickles & Honey, mixed with a few other life things, has left me feeling a pervasive sort of unease, anxiety, and general homesickness. It’s that uncomfortably familiar tinge of what I felt in San Francisco, having left everything familiar to throw myself into something new.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan) |

I’m older and wiser now, and so when I feel the heaviness creep back in, I’m better able to both talk about it and reign it in, and work on getting some perspective. There have just been a lot of things needing attention and not enough time to make our new place feel like a home. It’s tough to make progress when more demands keep piling on top. We’re getting there, but the tightness I’ve felt in my chest—the moments that make me feel like I’m not getting enough oxygen—are definite signs I need to prioritize and get back in tune with what’s actually important.

Beginning in September, I got sucked into the negativity of others and started oscillating between wanting to fix their problems and wanting to ream them out for ruining what should be a much happier time. But really, I know that other people can only ruin something if we let them.

The drama has been too much for me to carry, and so, as Aaron wisely told me after I described to him the tightness in my chest and the feelings of not having a place to just be, “You need to elevate out of that. Everything’s going to be fine.” And I do. And he’s right.

I may not feel fine in the moment, but we will make whatever decisions we need to make to foster our own happiness. It takes time, discipline, and really hard work to make a home, build a business, and find your niche. I’m actively working to embrace the journey, and I recognize that I need to be firmer about my own boundaries and cutting out the people and things that aren’t productive forces, instead of trying to make do or smooth things over at the expense of myself.

I think I’m going to approach it as a written exercise, and ask myself the following questions (maybe they’ll also help you if you’re feeling similarly):

What do I need to get done?

What do I want to get done?

Are those things actually important to me long-term, or are they distractions?

Can I change how I approach my to-dos to make them more enjoyable?

It’s only been in the last twenty-four hours that I’ve remembered how fortunate I am to have a choice in how I spend my time and where I invest my emotions. I need to take back control and start saying “No. End of Discussion.” rather than “Hmm. Let me see what I can do to make that work for you…” There’s pressure to be giving and accommodating and I naturally gravitate toward being both, but there’s also a lot to be said for “elevating” out of unproductive or negative situations, and drawing a hard line when it comes to where we will and won’t devote our energy.

And yes, I really do believe that baking muffins helps too.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan) |


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan) |

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins


Serves: about 12 muffins

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Lightly sweetened, soft peanut buttery pumpkin muffins studded with dark chocolate chips. Perfect for chilly Fall days, especially when served warm out of the oven alongside a mug of your favorite tea.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan) |

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins



  • 1 chia "egg" (2 teaspoons freshly ground chia seeds, 3 tablespoons warm water)
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups whole grain spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Cuisine: Vegan Servings: about 12 muffins

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Total Time: 40 mins

Lightly sweetened, soft peanut buttery pumpkin muffins studded with dark chocolate chips. Perfect for chilly Fall days, especially when served warm out of the oven alongside a mug of your favorite tea.


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or line a muffin pan. Set the pan aside.
  • Prepare the chia egg by combining the ground chia seeds and warm water. Stir and allow it to thicken for 3 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, peanut butter, coconut sugar, non-dairy milk, vanilla, and prepared chia egg.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix the batter until just combined, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared muffin pan, filling each muffin tin until it's very full (we're going for big muffins!).
  • Bake the muffins for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!

Notes [1]

I like to use an ice cream scoop to evenly portion out the batter into the muffin tins. For this recipe, I used one over-flowing scoop per muffin tin.

Copyright © 2020 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Nicole says

    I’m sorry to hear life has been a little more hectic for you, Amanda. When things get overwhelming, I find sitting down and making a priority list the only way to focus on tackling what’s important – the rest somehow finds its way out of mind.

    Btw, you’re doing an INCREDIBLE job with this blog. Your hard work is truly paying off. I’m always excited to see a new post.

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you for the really sweet comment, Nicole. I’m finding that making a priority is list is helpful too. It’s calming to see everything laid out and organized.

  2. i have been looking for some of those answers too Amanda and it has been hard! right now, im just trying to take everything little by little..also i keep telling myself – everything is going to be okay in the end and if its not okay, its not the end..wish i was more helpful or encouraging 🙁

    1. Amanda says

      You are encouraging, Dixya! It’s comforting to know other people feel similarly. I think your mantra of “everything is going to be okay in the end and if its not okay, its not the end” is a good one.

  3. Caitlin says

    as always, i can completely relate to this post. i ask myself those exact questions almost daily. what helps me is having a to-do list and just taking a large chunk of time to get things done. afterwards, i am less stressed out and more at ease (at least for the time being). i’m happy that baking allows for the therapeutic release that you need to center and feel at ease. i’m (always) still working on finding my own way to relax and be less anxious.

    i love that you combined pb and pumpkin! these muffins must taste awesome.

    1. Amanda says

      I am in complete agreement about taking a chunk of time to “get shit done”, as I say. 🙂 Procrastinating only makes me more anxious, so I feel much better when I use my “free” time to tackle my to-dos. I think we’re similar in a lot of ways.

      1. Caitlin says

        “Getting Shit Done” is my motto in life 😉

  4. Sondi says

    It can be challenging when you have your own business and feel overwhelmed about getting everything done at once. To be honest, I’ve found great liberation in drawing boundaries and saying ‘no’. When you’re polite about saying no, it doesn’t mean that opportunities disappear forever.

    When I’m in a swirling vortex of prioritizing (do I test a new recipe? Write a blog post? Focus on monetization? Develop a workshop? Pitch a publication? etc.), I remind myself to be grateful that these are the things I’m grappling with. We are truly SO lucky to do what we do.

  5. Love the combination of peanut butter, chocolate and pumpkin.. i can only imagine how good they would have tasted. Great recipe Amanda and I love how good for you they are in comparison to other muffins.

  6. Baking is a wonderful cure for all the things 🙂 I hope soon you are feeling more settled! In the meantime just keep breathing!

  7. Oh my. It sounds like, even though you’re having a hard time, you are motivated to help yourself – and that you have all the tools and understanding to do so. I think that most of us couldn’t ask for a better lot! I wish you all the best as you overcome the noise and work on finding your centre.

  8. Hey dear. I’m on the other side of the world but feeling the EXACT same things you are. No wise words to share, really—seems like just recognizing that there’s something to overcome and handle is the biggest step. Here’s to you and me finding our way with grace (and peanut butter chocolate chip pumpkin muffins!). Xx

    P.S. Saying no, resisting the urge to answer every email/IM/etc. immediately, and getting lost in the woods may help a little. At least that’s what I’m trying…however unsuccessfully.

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks for your very sweet note, J. I’m sorry you’re feeling this too. We’ll figure it out in time. I think spending some time away from email and getting lost in the woods (perhaps with a hot chai?) is a good idea. xo

  9. Clare says

    What a lovely blog you have here!! Here is a breath practice that might help the feeling of not getting enough oxygen.. Instead of inhaling(she we are stressed and out minds are swirling and we have had it up to here and frankly we have no room for anything else in our lives) exhale first.. Exhale( what we do not need, what is not assisting us in feeling joyful, old stories that ricochet around carrying sadness and anger, what does not equal peace for you in the next 10 seconds) exhale what you can let go of, for even 4 seconds so that there is ample room to.. Inhale( your joyful future, your gratitudes, your future gratitudes, your sweetest moment of the day, your healthfulness, your recognition of your divinity, and everyone else’s). Exhale what does not serve you so that you may inhale what you require for joy and peace.. Hope this helps, and thank you for your lovely contribution to the world.. This vegan yoga teacher really appreciates it!!

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you for the very thoughtful comment, Clare! Your breathing exercise is genius–I would never have thought to exhale first. What a beautiful practice. It’s one I’m going to put to good use. <3

  10. Could I share this in my newsletter with a photo and a quote? It will speak to a lot of people right now, amd the cake works brilliantly too 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Hi Rosie! I’d be happy to let you use a photo and a quote with a link back to my post to give credit and get the recipe. Thanks for asking!

  11. Jamie H says

    These muffins were amazing. I think they can fix any bad day!!! Keep up the amazing work on your blog. I’ll keep making your recipes and sharing the goods with friends…and sending them to your blog:)
    Hoping your week is better!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Jamie! That’s so sweet of you. I’m thrilled you enjoyed the muffins!

  12. I think I’ve been eating pumpking every single day in some sort of form for the past 3 weeks. there’s just so many recipes i need to try out and this is another one!!

  13. Nicole says

    I have a very ill family member and I have found that my new (day 5!) practice of meditation is really helping me to step away when emotions get too much. Only 10 minutes a day but really helping. I am using an app called headspace, but I know there are other apps too. And then I bake. For next project, see above blog post!!!

    1. Amanda says

      I’m so sorry to hear about your family member, Nicole. That must be really tough and I wish your family the best.

      I’ve heard of the headspace app! I tried it for a couple of days and then got busy and forgot (oops!). I’m glad the 10 minutes of meditation is helping you. I remember thinking it did make a difference for me too. Baking is also great, isn’t it? And with the added bonus of being able to eat what you make afterwards! 😉

  14. Laura says

    I made these this morning- I was skeptical with no oil, but they came out amazing. I use walnuts instead of chocolate chips and used one real egg. I also used 3/4 cup AP flour, 3/4 cup oat flour, and 1/4 cup instant oats. I then topped them with an oat/brown sugar mix. So even with all my tampering, they were great!

    1. Amanda says

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the muffins, Laura! I love your idea to top them with an oat/brown sugar mix.


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