Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Cake

If you were to meld a cookie cake with pumpkin bread, this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Cake would be the outcome!  I have to say, I think it’s one of the most popular desserts I’ve ever made.  As a chocolate lover coming from a family of chocolate lovers, it’s decadently heavy on the chocolate with a background of autumn spice and flavor.

I’m always on a mission to create a crowd-pleaser, and was absolutely delighted at our Thanksgiving table this year when even those who described themselves as “not dessert people” (and “not pumpkin people”) kept coming back for another piece! 

The ingredients are very simple, and many of them you likely already have in your pantry.  The baking process is also extremely easy.  The instructions contain an unconventional step to let the partially cooked dessert cool before placing it back in the oven.  This was how I achieved the perfect texture balance of soft on the inside while crisp and brown on the outside.  Trust me on this one!

Notes:

-The White Whole Wheat Flour creates the perfect flavor profile for this chocolate-heavy treat!  It adds just the right amount of heartiness and body that keeps it from going overboard on sugariness.

-Be sure to grab a plain pumpkin purée with the pumpkin as the only ingredient!  (I know how common it is to accidentally pick up a canned “pumpkin pie mix” by mistake.)

-Once you’ve completed the baking process, the chocolate will be very melty.  While I love melty chocolate, I highly recommend letting it completely cool before consuming it so that it can solidify.  I personally put the baking pan outside in the cold November air to speed up the cooling until everyone was ready for dessert.  It was also the general consensus that, though it was incredible on Day 1, like many desserts, it had reached its “perfect consistency” by the following day!  I say this so that, should you like to plan accordingly, it is best baked with a little time buffer before serving.  It’s worth the wait!

Servings: About 12 – 15

Ingredients:

2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 Teaspoon Ground Saigon Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon Allspice

1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/8 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

3/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (plus enough extra to grease the pan)

1 Cup Sugar

1 Egg

2 1/8 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Pumpkin Purée

2 1/4 Cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (plus 1/4 Cup extra for the topping)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°

Grease a 9 x 13 pan with butter

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda, and sea salt with a fork, then set aside

In a second larger bowl, briefly microwave the butter until just soft, then beat in the sugar on a low setting until evenly combined and creamy.  Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and pumpkin purée and blend again

Pour the bowl of the dry ingredients into the bowl of the wet ingredients and beat evenly until combined

Gently stir in the chocolate chips

Pour the mix into the pan and smooth evenly

Sprinkle the extra chocolate chip topping evenly across the surface

Bake on the middle oven rack for about 32 minutes, until the outer edges get slightly browned and firm

Remove from the oven and let it cool down (for approximately 2 hours)

Add the pan back into the oven at the same temperature of 350° for an additional 36 minutes, or until the texture of the middle more closely resembles the texture of the edges, yet slightly squishier.  The whole tray should now appear lightly browned

Let cool completely for the chocolate to solidify

Enjoy!

[Leftovers can be stored directly in the pan with an airtight cover such as cling wrap, or in another airtight container of choice.]

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

Perfect for the autumn season (or any day really!), this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal is for anyone with a serious morning sweet tooth. The texture is that of a thick and creamy oatmeal, all overflowing with melty chocolate chips in a base of pumpkin and cinnamon fall flavor!

Due to the heavy chocolate presence, you only need the lightest drizzle of maple syrup and pinch of sea salt on top of your serving. It’s already quite sweet, but the flavors really pop with these light toppings!

The best part – All of the ingredients are mixed right in the pan!

Servings: About 5

Ingredients:

1 15 oz Can Pumpkin Puree (plain, not pumpkin pie mix)

1/3 Cup Honey

2 Cups Rolled Oats

1 Cup Oat Milk

1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (I used nonfat)

2 Tsp Saigon Cinnamon

1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (I used 54% Cacao)

Oil To Grease The Pan (I used Avocado Oil)

Maple Syrup And Sea Salt To Taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°

Lightly grease a 9×13 pan with the oil

Pour the pumpkin puree directly into the pan

Add the honey and evenly combine the two

Pour in the oats, oat milk, and greek yogurt, and stir everything until evenly combined

Add in the cinnamon and combine again

Add the chocolate chips and gently mix in

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid has absorbed and the top and edges look a bit more solid

Let cool to a safe temperature, and top each serving with maple syrup and (a pinch) of sea salt to taste

Enjoy!

[Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container, or in the cooking dish itself if well-covered. To freeze, cut into pre-portioned amounts, store in a sealed freezer-safe container, then simply reheat in the microwave once ready to eat.]

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Pumpkin Mushroom Pasta

This pumpkin pasta is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite autumn flavors year-round and can easily be whipped up on a busy weeknight.  It can function as a vegetarian main course or as a side dish.  I used a traditional Italian durum wheat pasta, but feel free to use whatever type you like if you are gluten free or have other preferences! 

Ingredients:

16 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms

1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

3/4 Cup Half and Half

3/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Black Pepper (about 10 rotations from the grinder)

1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder

1 Pinch Ground Nutmeg

1 15 oz Can Pumpkin Puree

1 Tsp Saigon Cinnamon

1.5 Tsps Light Brown Sugar

7 Tsps Finely Chopped Fresh Sage

13 oz Pasta Of Choice

Additional sea salt and black pepper for topping/serving 

Directions:

In a medium to large-sized pan, add the extra virgin olive oil and mushrooms

Cook the mushrooms on medium heat until thoroughly tender and brown

Set the mushrooms aside

In a wok, or vessel of similar size, turn the heat to a low-medium setting and melt the butter

Add in the half and half and stir until well blended

Stir in the sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg

Turn the heat down to low

Stir in the pumpkin puree

Add in the saigon cinnamon and brown sugar

Mix in the cooked mushrooms

Add in the sage

Prepare your pasta

Add the cooked pasta into the wok and mix evenly in the sauce

Add additional sea salt and black pepper liberally (to taste) when serving

Enjoy!

[Leftovers can be stored sealed in the refrigerator. This recipe makes approximately 3 servings.]

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Sunflower Pumpkin Spice Oats

It’s the perfect breakfast on chilly autumn mornings! They’re creamy, vegan, and gluten free. They’re also nutrient dense with lots of Iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Quick Oats with Water

1/4 Cup Canned Pumpkin Purée

Dashes of Saigon Cinnamon, Allspice, and Nutmeg to taste

Sweetener of Choice (like maple syrup)

2 Tbsp Sunbutter

Directions:

Cook up the oats with water

Stir in the pumpkin, then spices, then sweetener, then Sunbutter

Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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I’m a big believer in using White Whole Wheat Flour whenever possible in my baking.  I truly feel that it gives my baked goods a richer taste compared to All Purpose Flour much of the time!

I can never get enough of autumn flavors at any time of year, and this pumpkin bread is such an easy way to transport me back to my favorite season.  Whether it’s for an easy breakfast on the go, an afternoon coffee companion, or an after-dinner treat, this bread is the perfect way to sneak some vitamin A into your day!

Ingredients:

3 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour (I love King Arthur Baking’s White Whole Wheat)

2 Teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

4 Eggs

2 Cups Canned Pumpkin

1 1/2 Cups Canola Oil

Just Under 2 Cups Of Cane Sugar

1.5 Or 2 Cups Of Chocolate Chips (depending how chippy you like it!)

If you’re not a chocolate fan, it tastes delicious without the chocolate chips too!

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl

Beat the wet ingredients together in a large second bowl

Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients

Stir in the chocolate chips

Split the mixture between 2 greased loaf pans

Bake for between 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean

Enjoy!